Mayor Philip Brown and Charlottetown city council have announced the 2020 Citizen Recognition Awards, the Forbes Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award, and the 23rd annual David Eli MacEachern Bursary to mark Natal Day, the city’s 165th birthday.
The Citizen Recognition Awards were designed to recognize extraordinary Charlottetown residents that go above and beyond to positively impact the people and community around them.
This year, three residents of Charlottetown were recognized, including Sunil Daniel, Paul Crant and Dominique Lecours.
The Forbes Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 2019 in honour of Forbes Kennedy, a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who approached his 30-year on-ice career with commitment and determination. When his playing days finished, he dedicated his time to coaching junior leagues, with his teams consistently finishing at or near the top of the league. He made a positive impact on many young players and their families. The award goes to someone in the community who has made a positive impact and shows the same dedication and determination exemplified by “Forbie” himself. The 2020 Forbes Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by the parks and recreation department to Betty Begg-Brooks.
“Forbes Kennedy exemplified community spirit throughout his career and continues to do so even now that he has retired, always giving of his time to others,” said Councillor Mitchell Tweel.
“It’s an honour to present an award to a deserving individual like Betty Begg-Brooks in Forbie’s name.”
The David Eli MacEachern Bursary was established in recognition of P.E.I.’s first Olympic gold medalist, Charlottetown native David Eli MacEachern. It is presented annually to a student graduating from Charlottetown Rural High School, Colonel Gray High School or École François-Buote who is dedicated to excellence in sport during their high school years; competes with honour, fairness, sportsmanship and appreciation for others; demonstrates a passion for life, learning and excellence; and who is planning continued education and development in their chosen field of sport. The 2020 recipient of the David Eli MacEachern Bursary is Charlie Morse, a Colonel Gray Senior High School student.
For more information about each of this year’s award recipients, visit Charlottetown.ca/NatalDay.