Young Leader 2019 – Ryan Benoit

  Sponsored By Cambrian College –   “Stay positive” is a common phrase heard in modern dialogue. For Ryan Benoit, his entire life and career has been built on these two words. The founder and CEO of The Positive Inception, a clothing and accessory company, has made it his life’s mission to not just live…

Sports & Recreation 2019 – Barry McCrory

Sponsored By Dynamic Insurance Brokers –   Barry McCrory is a second generation Community Builder. His father, Gerry, won the award in the Sports and Recreation category in 2008. Like his late father, McCrory is “Mr. Hockey” in Sudbury. McCrory has coached and mentored young hockey players for more than 30 years and is actively…

Legacy Award 2019 – Paulette Gagnon

Sponsored By Laurentian Universtiy –   A small town girl had big city dreams for Sudbury. Originally from Hearst, Paulette Gagnon, a remarkable organizer and talented administrator, shepherded the Place des Arts project, the francophone creative space in downtown Sudbury set to open in 2020. As the director of development for Place des Arts, Gagnon…

Health Care 2019 – Luncheon of Hope Organizing Committee

Sponsored By Ashley Homestore –   Over the past 20 years, the Luncheon of Hope Organizing Committee, a small army of women, has raised over $960,000 for the Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) to help fund breast cancer research and equipment, and patient care conducted at the Northeast Cancer Centre. A group of hard-working volunteers –…

Hall Of Fame 2019 – The Foligno Family

Sponsored By Komatsu –   The Community Builders Awards applaud leadership, talent, determination, generosity and community spirit. The Foligno family, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, have all these qualities and serve as an inspiration to us all. Mike Foligno, Sudbury’s most recognizable NHL export and current scout for the Vegas Golden Knights, and his…

Environment 2019 – reThink Green

Sponsored By Townplace Suites Marriott –   reThink Green brings together ideas, partners, and resources to build a more sustainable community. “We see ourselves as community builders,” says Rebecca Danard, executive director of reThink Green. “The next 10 years are crucial in addressing environmental challenges, particularly climate change. We are working towards creative and collaborative…

Education 2019 – Laura Falvo

  Sponsored By College Boreal –   Spending the day with children is the reason Laura Falvo has enjoyed a long career at Montessori School of Sudbury. Her recognition as a Community Builder in the Education category is well deserved. Falvo has current students who are the children of her former students. That is an…

Economic Development 2019 – SCR Mining and Tunnelling

Sponsored By Sudbury Chamber of Commerce – SCR Mining and Tunnelling is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019. In celebrating the success of SCR Mining and Tunnelling, and this year’s Community Builders Award winner in the Economic Development category, one has to applaud the motivation, integrity and leadership of Richard and Claude Seguin. They learned…

Wanda Olsen

Wanda Olsen loves to sing and her passion is sharing the power of song with others. She has been singing barbershop, a very challenging unaccompanied style of harmonizing, since she was a child growing up in Osgoode, outside of Ottawa. “The first time I heard my uncle and cousins sing barbershop, I knew that is…

Arts 2019 – Sudbury Arts Council

Sponsored By Sudbury Theatre Center –   The Sudbury Arts Council (SAC) began in 1974 as the Sudbury Arts Festival Association (SAFA). It changed its name in 1988 to Sudbury Arts Council/Conseil Des Arts Sudbury and formerly became a bilingual agency. In 2017, a new logo was designed by Johanna Westby that includes its Anishinawbek…