Written by John Ly

On May 16, the city put on a show to display why this is such a great place to live, conduct business and, most importantly, become a leader. Mayor Frank Scarpitti and members of Council recognized noteworthy individuals, groups and organizations that are helping to better our city and community.

They held a wonder-filled evening presenting awards to individuals of all ages and cultures and who devote their time and effort to community. Twelve awards were presented to individuals ranging from those who show leadership in energy sustainability, are present in the community by either helping people or keeping the city around us clean, and to different organizations that are dedicated to the next generation of athletes.

These young bright stars are sure to represent our country at the world biggest stage through hockey, ringette, speed skating and gymnastics. THis is also a testament to how multicultural our city has become in allowing lost arts to once again thrive and be showcased.

This evening is definitely special to all the individuals being recognized by letting them know that their hard works is not for nothing. The inspirational gathering is sure to fuel continued efforts in making both the city and the community great. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Young Sophia Stenier of Tristar Gymnastics Club was recognized for her outstanding contributions to competitive sports @MartinKwokPhotography

“What really sets Markham apart is the people who live here,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We open our hearts, support each other and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. On Thursday we will recognize just a few of community leaders who, through their kind-hearted actions and outstanding civic engagement, are a testament to Markham’s warm, welcoming and inclusive nature.”

Individuals, groups and organizations are being celebrated for their contributions as are environmental leaders graduating from high school. Markham District Energy Inc., blocked out a part of the programming to recognize the significant and innovative engagement by students across the city.

List of the winners for each award:

1. Markham District Energy Sustainability Bursary

Zaynah Khan, Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy

Rocco Lee, St Augustine Catholic High School

Ryan Chow, St. Brother Andre Catholic High School

Adam Chen, St. Robert Catholic High School

Emma McKnight, Bill Crothers Secondary School

Sanjay Ketheeswartan, Markham District High School

Rachel Ruffo, Markville Secondary School

Carmen Zhou, Middlefield Collegiate Institute

Sarah Chaudhary, Milliken Mills High School

Rumaisha Qadar, Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School

Jason Mews, Thornhill Secondary School

Vivian Shu, Thornlea Secondary School

Kirsten Jang, Unionville High School

2. Outstanding Community Volunteer

Bruce Ander

3. Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Mark Caswell

4. Markham Speed Skating Club

Sasha Butterworth

5. Nafa Dance Studio

Sophia Yu, Sandrene Yu

6. Student – Academic Achievement

 Rebeca Bartkiw

7. Information Markham and Volunteer Centre

Maureen Fernando, Cynthia Griffith, Athol Hastings, Nada Kamuf, Millie Radway, Ardy Reid, Barb Tate, Lesley Wootton, Glenna Berger, Vi Lount, Don Morga

8. Celebrating 40 Years

Unionville Theatre Company

9. Keeping Markham Beautiful

Brisette Johnson, Islamic Society of Markham

10. The Chinese Art and Education Association of Canada

Guori Steven Wu, Che-Sum Lam, Isabelle Wong

11. Markham – Stouffville Stars Atom DS

Markham Waxers: Peewee AE, Minor Atom AE, Atom AA, Novice AA, Peewee AAA

12. Markham Ringette Association

Teams: Bears Open C, Markham Bears U12R, Markham Bears U16B, Markham Bears U14A

Individuals: Alexandra Serroul, Jordan White

13. TriStar Gymnastics Club

Riley Wheeler, Brianna Aguanno, Emma Hasson, Marya Melhem, Nevyn Gould, Adrianna Hynes, Alicia Ricketts, Alexa Vigliatore, Sophia Steiner, Kyra Choy, Marli Gonsalves, Makenna Lau, Alana Ricketts, Jordan Wymer

For information, visit: www.markham.ca

Photo credit: Martin Kwok