Inpsiring People Honoured At Pembroke Civic & Youth Awards

Pembroke has again put the spotlight on those who make the community a better place, who improve the lives of others around them, and who inspire others.  15 deserving recipients received Civic and Youth Awards last night in a ceremony at the Best Western Inn & Conference Centre on Monday night, in a ceremony hosted by Pure Country 96.7's morning show host Brian Burton and morning news anchor Tony Grace.

Here are the award recipients:

Micheal Minns, creator of Destig: an online clothing line aiming to reduce stigma association with mental illness.  Micheal has opened up about his own bipolar diagnosis and his struggles, and works to help others through Destig and by sitting on the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre Board.

Laurie and Chris Johnson, parents of Krista Johnson, who died in a tragic bike accident.  They’ve worked to promote Krista’s legacy by contributing to the fitness and well-being of youth and the wider community, with the Elevate Youth Wellness Centre and a fitness park along the Kiwanis Walkway

Akira Mylie-Hiatt, Grade 12, Bishop Smith Catholic High School:  a talented actress, musician and artist who will attend the University of Ottawa next year.  Involved in numerous community productions, and mentors younger students in the arts, giving time behind the scenes while never seeking accolades.

Madison Gauthier, Fellowes High School Honour Roll student who will attend University this fall to study commerce.  Raised by a single mother who worked numerous jobs, Madison took on many household duties and contributed financially to her family while achieving excellent marks.

Hanah Young, Grade 12, Bishop Smith Catholic High School. She’s going to become a teacher and is an active leader in the School Athletic Council, a ski instructor, and a true global citizen, having travelled to Dominican Republic to deliver medical supplies.  She accumulated many volunteer hours in several organizations, while maintaining an above 90 average.

Jana Lau, co-president of the Fellowes High School Key Club.  Jana has been instrumental in raising funds for local charities, and has been a member of the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra for 6 years, juggling academics with volunteer work and practice time.  She exemplifies community contribution!

Dale Virginia Tapp, who has been heavily involved in the music and theatre arts in this area since moving here in 1979.  Active over the years  in the Pembroke & Petawawa Legion bands, Pembroke Little Theatre, Pembroke Musical Society, and has helped nurture the arts talents of so many others!

Ty Brennan, Grade 12, Bishop Smith Catholic High School:  demonstrated leadership as a student council rep, public relations minister and student minister.  He’s been a leader  for the “amazing race” orientation day, and has helped with Pembroke Minor Hockey & Minor Soccer.  Very involved in community while maintaining an average in the 90s!

Catherine Xu, Fellowes High School Honour Roll student:  will attend McGill University to study Bioengineering.  She’s been a Can Skate program assistant, volunteered at Marianhill for 1 to 2 hours a week since 2017, joined Key Club, and is a skilled musician, certified lifeguard and figure skater.

Gary Severin, who has willingly and happily served his community for over 50 years.  He’s been involved with the Civitan Club, the VON board, Community Living Board of Directors, and is a champion for inclusion and advocating for adults with disabilities.  He’s a former City Councillor and dedicated member of the Legion Band, and chair of the new Senior Advisory Committee.

Sharon Brehm, a well-known coach and volunteer, involved with Special Olympics for over 20 years.  She helps athletes, organizes events and fundraisers, and has a deep commitment and love for sports that she shares with all involved.  She is a cancer and stroke survivor who has never stopped helping others despite her own health issues. 

Thomas Pelchat, L’Ecole Secondaire L’Equinoxe.  Thomas has been involved in a variety of sports, always giving 100%, and is a devoted, disciplined individual.  He’s competed at the provincial and national levels in cross-country skiing, and no matter his results, he’s proud of his efforts, his accomplishments and those of his peers.

Tristan Mulvihill, a key member of the 2019 senior class at Bishop Smith Catholic High School:  on the Honour Roll each semester and in the top 5% of her class.  Outside academics, she’s been active in extracurricular sports including volleyball, basketball, soccer, alpine skiing, track and field and has been a member of the Student Athletic Council.  She’s also volunteered plenty of time at sports camps!

Neil Jennings, Fellowes High School:  Neil is an Honour Roll Student who will attend St. Francis Xavier University this fall to study commerce.  He’s received Renfrew County wrestling medals, is a Nordic skiing competitor, and a skilled competitive curler whose team went on to win the 2019 Gore provincials held this past spring in front of a hometown Pembroke crowd!  He’s also a badminton, tennis, softball, soccer and field javelin competitor.

Sjoerd and Christine List, who have been involved in Special Olympics in the Pembroke area for over 20 years.  They were instrumental in helping start up a bocce program, which has proven very popular.  Christine also helped bring the organization’s bookkeeping into the electronic age.  Their contributions over the years are greatly appreciated!

Connie Poupore, Program Coordinator/Professor, Office Administration Executive Program, Algonquin College
Adam Johns, Program Coordinator/Professor, Carpentry and Renovation Techniques Program, Algonquin College
Olivia Dobrowolski, Alumnus – Office Administration Executive Program, Algonquin College (Project Hope for the Homeless in Renfrew County)
Matthew Poupore, Alumnus – Carpentry and Renovation Techniques Program, Algonquin College (Project Hope for the Homeless In Renfrew County)

The Grind, in Pembroke, was bequeathed a house which is now known as Transition House.   All of the above were involved in a project to sleep out and raise funds, raising $11,362.09 for renovations at Transition House.  Two instructors and 12 students donated 30 hours to this valuable cause.  The contributions will benefit people in need for as long as Transition House is operating.