Unsung Community Heroes Honoured with Provincial Award

Guelph residents Amenda Ng, a volunteer and settlement counsellor for Immigrant Services of Guelph-Wellington; and Eileen Clinton, Principal of Alternative Education for the Wellington Catholic District School Board, were recognized by the Province of Ontario with the 2010 Newcomer Champion Award for their contributions to improve diversity and inclusivity in the City.

Although the City is putting strategies in place, and working on new initiatives, our efforts can never replace the energy, passion and dedication of volunteers who roll up their sleeves and help wherever they see a need – without a lot of fanfare.

Guelph has been well-represented in the Newcomer Champion Awards program; in 2008, founder of the International Language Program, Carmela Nini, was a recipient.


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One Comment on “Unsung Community Heroes Honoured with Provincial Award”

  1. Maria Pezzano Says:

    To our Esteemed Mayor

    Our new group has been formed to address changes being proposed for our neighbourhood in Guelph’s “Downtown Secondary Plan” We continue to work together with City of Guelph planners and any related developers to help guide their plans as it applies to The Ward. Much of our attention is on the high-density residential development being planned on the former WC Woods site, now owned by The Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund. The Ward Residents’ Association aims to work in a positive manner with all stakeholders, in order to grow, develop and improve our neighbourhood while maintaining its rich cultural heritage and diversity.

    July 6, 2010
    Editor of The Guelph Mercury
    Re: Highrise plans anger neighbours, June 30, 2010

    Dear Editor
    It is in regards to the Downtown Secondary Plan and the Kilmer Property (formerly the Wood’s Site) on Arthur St. S. I would like to bring to your attention the following points.
    When the Downtown Secondary Plan was revealed in March we saw how it addressed the whole city. The Kilmer Property (formerly the Wood’s site) became an issue because it was recently purchased. There was a sense of desperate urgency because at that time the Downtown Secondary Plan was slated to be decided upon and finalized by the end of June early July.
    After that meeting, we (pre TWRA) approached the city planners and they agreed to having a second meeting in the heart of the Ward at the Italian Canadian Club in April, with ward residents present.
    It was because of the overwhelming passionate concerns voiced at that meeting that a more realistic time line was put into place.
    We have had two more meetings since April.The height issue has not been resolved and remains the primary challenge. Examples of developments with similar characteristics will be reviewed and discussed.

    The Downtown Secondary Plan (Envision Guelph Downtown) is not to be completed by July 2010 as stated in the article, but rather it is the City’s intention to present a draft of the plan to the public for review in the fall.
    The Ward Residents’ Association will continue to offer comments and input from ward residents, and encourages others not yet in the TWRA to do the same.

    The recent neighbourhood workshops and meetings is continuing proof that the The Ward Residents’ Association’s mandate (www.thewardresidentsassociation.com) which includes working together in a positive manner with City Planners and Developers is in fact in process.
    Most Sincerely
    Maria Pezzano
    Chair for
    The Ward Residents’ Association

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