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Recipients of the Citizen & Volunteer Awards

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Previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award include: 

2014: Ian Farthing, Artistic Director of St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival 
As principal builder of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Ian Farthing was a leading proponent of the arts in Prescott for a decade. The Vancouver-born U.K.-trained actor and director served as the Artistic Director of the festival during a period of great growth from 2006 through 2014. Ian's tenure included many record-breaking seasons and was capped with securing the only Canadian performance of London's Shakespeare's Globe to Globe world tour of Hamlet in 2014. Ian also appeared in Canadian productions of the Sound of Music, Cabaret and The Mousetrap. He additionally played a prominent regional role in arts and tourism serving on the Great Waterway Tourism Advisory Committee and the Arts Council of the 1000 Islands.

2015: Carr/Todd Families, Founders and Organizers of Prescott and District Soccer Association 
Laurence Carr, Lesley and Randy Todd, and Rob Carr have spent decades dedicated to the Prescott and District Soccer Association. Siblings Laurence, Lesley, and Rob carry on the legacy on the legacy of their father, Tom Carr. Since 1967, generations of Prescott's youth have gone through the leagues nurtured by our own Mr. Soccer (with the support of his wife Peggy) and carried on with the Carr and Todd families to the present day. In 2014, this was again a year-round occupation for the families. They organized all aspects of the soccer program, ensured affordability, promoted the development of children, and supported referees, coaches, and parents. Without the dedication of the Carrs and the Todds, youth soccer would not exist in Prescott.

2016: Alleyn Abel, Volunteer St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Friends of the Prescott Public Library, Ducks Unlimited 
Dedication to Prescott has long been a priority of Alleyn Abel. 'Reliable,' 'tireless,' and 'generous' are just a few of the words used to describe his eight years of volunteer work running the Front of House at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. In 2015 alone, he spent over 500 hours on show duties, filling in at the office and helping with offseason performances. Alleyn has also been an active member of the Friends of the Prescott Public Library, organizing events and coordinating book sales while serving as the group's vice-chair and treasurer. He has been a volunteer with the Prescott chapter of Ducks Unlimited for seven years. Alleyn's example of community service is an inspiration to all of Prescott.

          
2017: Donald Barton, Volunteer, Victorian Order of Nurses Driver, past member of Prescott Waste Management Committee and the Sandy Hill Cemetery Board                                                                                                                              As a long-time resident of Prescott, Donald Barton has committed countless hours of service and dedication to many activities, programs, and events in the area.  Don's support of Prescott over many decades has included his time spent being a driver for the Victorian Order of Nurses, serving on the Sandy Hill Cemetery Board and the Prescott Waste Management Committee, volunteering at countless suppers and events at St. Paul's United Church, and participating in annual Community Clean Up days.  Recognition is never motivation for Don's tireless and unwavering dedication to the Town of Prescott and its residents.  Don's example of community service is an inspiration to all of Prescott.

Previous recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award include: 

2014: Patricia Warren, Catholic Women's League, Wellington House and more 
Recognition was never a concern of Patricia Warren during the many years she dedicated to volunteering in Prescott. A devoted member of St. Mark's Church, Pat served as the president of the Catholic Women's League and helped at everything from crafts shows to luncheons. She also assisted the St. Mark's Breakfast Program, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, and fundraisers and pastoral care at Wellington House. More of her time was dedicated to the Brockville General Hospital's annual Palliative Care Telethon, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Heart and Stroke. When Pat was not helping others, she worked for more than 35 years for the Upper Canada District School Board and raised her two daughters, Erin and Shannon, in Prescott.

2015: Candy Alexander, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, Prescott Rotary Club 
Countless hours dedicated to volunteer causes made up the regular schedule of Candy Alexander in 2014. As one of the most dedicated members of Prescott Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, the retired elementary-school teacher organized events ranging from East Fun Day, Remembrance Day contests, and public speaking competitions for youth, to weekly karaoke nights for adults, and fundraising concerts for the roof fund. As a member Prescott Rotary Club, Candy took part in community projects such as the "Buy a Brick" program at the Rotary Pavilion. She helped gather hundreds of stuffed animals for children as part of the Light Up the Night Christmas Parade. Prescott was a better community in 2014 thanks to her ongoing efforts.

2016: Lynda Joanisse, Volunteer Prescott KidZ Choir, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival 
As one of Prescott's most enthusiastic volunteers, Lynda Joanisse has made a mark on many organizations. She created and still leads the Prescott Kidz Choir, which entered its fifth year of offering a free musical theatre program in 2015. Some 4-50 children take part in the choir every year, which leads to community shows in December and May. Lynda also supported the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in 2015, playing Maria in the organization's production of The Sound of Music. Through her position as the lead administrator at St. Lawrence Academy, Lynda has involved students in many volunteer efforts, including roles with the South Grenville Chamber of Commerce Spelling Bee, Prescott Rotary Club, Prescott Farmers' and Crafters' Market and more. 

2017: Brent Norton, Volunteer, Prescott Fire Department, Chief Fire Prevention Officer                                                        For 35 years, Brent Norton has epitomized the meaning of giving back and selflessness as a volunteer member of the Prescott Fire Department.  Volunteering for any organization requires dedication, commitment, and passion. Brent has shown this through his many years of emergency response and outstanding involvement in fire prevention within the Town of Prescott. Brent's years of participation in the planning of both the daytime Santa Claus parade as well as the current "Light up The Night" parade have brought thousands to the area to enjoy year after year.  Beyond his commitment to the fire department, Brent has also volunteered his time in the community to minor hockey and the Prescott Lion's Club, amongst others.

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