Citizens Recognized With Awards

Charlottetown Citizens Recognized with Awards
Posted on 08/11/2023
On Thursday, August 3, Mayor Philip Brown and Charlottetown City Council announced the recipients of the 2023 Citizen Recognition Awards, the Forbes Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award, the 26th annual David 'Eli' MacEachern Bursary, and the Make our Hometown Beautiful Awards.

Held as part of the Natal Day celebrations for the city's 168th birthday, the event took place at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre and honoured volunteers and community members who have devoted their time and efforts to making Charlottetown a better place to live, work, and enjoy.

"Participants of events like this embody our ‘whole of Charlottetown’ vision of creating a city of neighbourhoods that bring residents closer together," said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “Everyone recognized here tonight has played an incredible part in bringing that vision to life."

The Citizen Recognition Awards recognize extraordinary Charlottetown residents who go above and beyond to positively impact the people and community around them. This year, three residents of Charlottetown were recognized: Leonard ‘Barney’ McGuigan, Jordan MacGregor, and Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown.

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. 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 2023 Forbes Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Derek Tweel.

The City of Charlottetown David 'Eli' MacEachern Bursary was established in recognition of Prince Edward Island'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 sports during their high school years. The 2023 recipient of the David ‘Eli’ MacEachern Bursary is Menna McCabe, a Charlottetown Rural High School student.

The Make Our Hometown Beautiful program recognizes residents, businesses, and community groups who contribute time and effort to maintain beautiful buildings and landscapes. The winning properties in the 2023 Make Our Hometown Beautiful contest are:
     • 1st Place - 18 Gates Drive
     • 2nd Place - 43 Evergreen Drive
     • 3rd Place - 24 Massey Drive
     • Mayor’s Choice - 17 Gower Street

The Make Our Hometown Beautiful program also recognizes participants in Downtown Charlottetown Inc.’s Adopt-A-Corner initiative. The 2023 winners are as follows:

     • 1st Place – HMS Office Solutions
     • 2nd Place – Slaymaker & Nichols Gastro House
     • 3rd Place – Cooke Insurance

     • 1st Place – iWave
     • 2nd Place – The 5th Wave Espresso & Tea Bar
     • 3rd Place – Amsted Canada