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Winners

We are thrilled to share the winners of the Community Builders Awards, designed to honour outstanding members of our community who help make our communities a better place to work, live and play.

As steadfast champions of local, we strive to support and uplift our community and that most certainly includes the innovative, resilient and inspiring people who make our communities so special.

These awards recognize the incredible achievements of ten local people, organizations or businesses in ten different categories.

<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Zonta Club works to improve access to health care for women

Community Builders Awards: Zonta Club works to improve access to health care for women

This year’s Health Care Award recipient fights for gender equality in a way that benefits the health and physical well-being of women everywhere
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Krista McCracken’s leadership supports widespread learning about Canada’s residential school system

Community Builders Awards: Krista McCracken’s leadership supports widespread learning about Canada’s residential school system

Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) has become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in education focused on truth and reconciliation as a result of Krista’s work
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie recognized as a pillar of our community

Community Builders Awards: Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie recognized as a pillar of our community

Club named Hall of Fame award winner for Rotaryfest, the Sault’s only summer festival for 100 years
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Nick Brash brings world-class racing to the Algoma region

Community Builders Awards: Nick Brash brings world-class racing to the Algoma region

This year’s Sports and Recreation Award recipient has created an inclusive culture in the Sault for runners to get outside and compete
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Susan Barber’s legacy lives on

Community Builders Awards: Susan Barber’s legacy lives on

Susan passed away in August 2016, but her 30 years of work in the local arts community has left a lasting and positive impact on Sault Ste. Marie
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Marek McLeod is a natural leader

Community Builders Awards: Marek McLeod is a natural leader

Winner of this year’s Young Leader Award was instrumental in creating Algoma District School Board’s Northern Indigenous Youth Council 
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Tony Porco fosters economic development in the Sault

Community Builders Awards: Tony Porco fosters economic development in the Sault

Winner of this year’s Economic Development category Tony Porco has contributed significantly to business, tourism community
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Jody Rebek is a fierce advocate for water protection

Community Builders Awards: Jody Rebek is a fierce advocate for water protection

An assistant professor at Algoma University and principal at Vive Strategies Consulting, Jody Rebek is dedicated to environmental issues and water conservation in our community 
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Colleen Grisdale is this year’s Unsung Hero

Community Builders Awards: Colleen Grisdale is this year’s Unsung Hero

Colleen has dedicated her time and resources to people and animals in need in our community for the last 15 years 
<b>Community Builders Awards:</b> Denine Williams shines as winner in Arts category

Community Builders Awards: Denine Williams shines as winner in Arts category

Denine Williams has inspired students to pursue their dreams in the arts for over 30 years