Mayor Matt Brown has released the Mayor of London’s Honouree List for 2016.
Each year, many active members of the London community are nominated in specific categories as a means of recognizing the diversity of philanthropic work taking place in The Forest City.
The nomination process is handled through the City of London’s advisory committees with established criteria in place. Once a winner in each category is determined, the recipients are honoured at the first city council meeting of the New Year.
The following is the roster of this year’s honourees.
Environment: Gary Brown
As a result of his leadership, the start-up of London Cycle Link — a volunteer organization dedicated to making the Forest City a place where citizens can easily choose cycling as a preferred mode of daily transportation — is now London’s cycling resource.
Humanitarianism: Charles and Carolyn Innis
Charles and his wife Carolyn initiated, organized and carried through for the fourth year in a row the Forest City Multimedia Free Literacy Camp. This is a week-long camp for children ages 8-16 from diverse backgrounds who come from families of a lower income in London.
Diversity and Race Relations: Reta van Every
An active member of the Aboriginal community for over 20 years, van Every has been a champion in the process of building relationships between the native and non-native communities. Her name is often the first that comes to mind when someone is called upon to talk about Aboriginal issues.
Heritage: Glen Curnoe
Curnoe is the former Head of the Ivey Family History Room (London Room at the public library). He is an active member of the Brick Street Cemetery restoration and preservation group, a member of the London and St. Thomas Railway group, and a long-time heritage supporter of the Woodfield Community Association.
Housing: Jens Stickling
Stickling is a real estate developer and property manager who puts his heart and soul into community economic development. In addition to lending his expertise as a landlord, Stickling supports a number of local start-up social ventures through flexible rents.
Persons with Disabilities: Bonnie Quesnel
Quesnel was a founding member of the City of London’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (ACCAC) and helped to shape its mandate, composition and vision. She served consistently since its inception through till the end of her last term in early 2015.
Safety and Crime: Paul Seale
Seale has contributed to numerous initiatives that have brought the community together and enhanced public safety in Old East Village (OEV). His expertise in social media has been instrumental in enhancing community awareness about specific safety issues and spreading the word about London Block Parent and Neighbourhood Watch initiatives.
Arts: Holly Painter
In a few short years, Painter has transformed spoken word from a little known art form to an almost mainstream acceptance. Painter has used her talent to help many in the London community find their voice, their inner artist and change lives in a very positive manner through her poetry workshops and slams.
Sports: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Virtue and Moir have represented London on the Canadian and international stage for over a decade. The pair has consistently placed among the top of the pack at international figure skating competitions, including a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and two silver medals at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.