Resident Receives Inaugural Forbes Kennedy Award

Local Resident Receives Inaugural Forbes Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award
Posted on 08/06/2019
Mayor Philip Brown and members of City Council presented the inaugural Forbes Kennedy Volunteer of the Year Award to Rickey Burns at a special open house at Beaconsfield Carriage House on the weekend (Sunday, August 4).

“Charlottetown is lucky to have Rickey Burns as a part of its community. His leadership and guidance has made a lasting impact on countless people,” said Mayor Philip Brown. “On behalf of Charlottetown City Council and our citizens, I would like to congratulate Rickey on this well-deserved recognition and I hope he will continue doing great things in sport and in our community.”

The City of Charlottetown is also proud to announce the renaming of the entrance to the Victoria Park, off Brighton Road, to ‘Forbes Kennedy Way’. The City wanted to recognize Mr. Kennedy for his extraordinary professional accolades, as well as his volunteer and community spirit.

“Forbes Kennedy has been icon in the province of Prince Edward Island for several decades. He has been a coach, mentor, and teacher in hockey and baseball since retiring from the NHL. We are excited to give recognition and appreciation to him,” said Councilor Mitchell Tweel, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Leisure Activities committee. “The naming of Forbes Kennedy Way is a small way to thank Forbes and his family for his inspiration, leadership, and commitment to his province, his city, and the sports community.”

The Forbes Kennedy Open House was part of the City of Charlottetown’s annual Natal Day Weekend Celebrations and included a display of memorabilia in honour of Forbes Kennedy.

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Background:

Rickey Burns: Rickey is a resident of the community of Hillsborough Park, and for a number of years, ran a coed minor softball league for all children in the Hillsborough Park area. Rickey is best known for his volunteer work, specifically in the sport of five-pin bowling. He also worked for the City of Charlottetown in Cody Banks Arena for many years.

The following are some of the volunteer contributions Rickey has made to the sport of bowling in our community:

• Involved in Youth Bowling Council based out of the Basilica Recreation Center (since 1982);
• Coordinator for Junior-Senior Division;
• Press Secretary for Local Council;
• Developmental work with key athletes who went on to win National Gold (Andrew Bryenton, Corey Gallant, Kelly Trainor, and John Walsh);
• Coached mixed teams at National Youth Challenge Tournaments;
• Coached adult teams at various National Championships;
• Coach of Special Olympic bowling teams;
• Coach of the Year Award at this year’s C5PBA (Canadian 5 Pin Bowling Association).

Rickey shows great commitment to this sport and has received recognition in the past through Sport PEI’s recognition programs as coach of the year finalist and is on the list to receive the ADL Award for volunteering excellence.