Muskoka awards 15 nominees for ‘making Muskoka a better place to live’ in 2019 –

Posted: December 25, 2019 at 4:41 pm

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Bruce Parlette

Jane White

Georgina Starr

Anne Eisen

Margaret (Maggie) Martin

Kari Morrison

Rylan Villard

Kayla Dalrymple


YMCA Employment Services South Muskoka

Muskoka Victim Services

Recipients were presented with certificates, floral arrangements and handshakes, as Grace Urbanski and Christian Masters, both masters of ceremony and district staffers, shared brief overviews of recipients achievements with the audience.

Attendees heard, for example, that Amanda Shelton had left behind a world of adversity when she moved to Muskoka and had since continued her commitment to health and self-improvement both for herself and her two children.

She had participated in several personal and professional skills development workshops and programs with the district, Muskoka Womens Advocacy Group, Elizabeth Fry Society and YMCA and ultimately secured full-time employment.

Amanda is one the of the most inspiring and resilient clients I have had the opportunity to work with, wrote her nominator. Her commitment to recovery, to growing, to learning and to bettering herself are traits truly to be admired.

And Margaret Maggie Martin has volunteered with the districts seniors programs and services department since 2017 as an intergenerational mentorship volunteer, while also assisting with programs at Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, Great Moose Adventures Academy, and K.P. Manson Public School, said staff.

Maggie actively contributes to the success of each program she attends by arriving early to set up, staying late to clean up, assist with meal prep and ensures that each child felt included and a part of the program, said Masters.

She has also volunteered with Muskoka Discovery Centre, the board of Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital, the districts community volunteer income tax program and Hospice Muskoka.

The seniors team is so appreciative to have Maggie engaged in programming and recognize that the Muskoka community thrives in part because of her volunteerism and active involvement within the community, added Masters.

And YMCA Employment and Learning Services Huntsville provides employment and literacy supports to local job seekers and employers, as well as employment-related expertise to their partners, while also hosting an annual job fair in Huntsville, stated staff.

The YMCA is a strong and dedicated partner who works to make their community a more vibrant place to work, live and play, said Masters. We would like to recognize their commitment year after year to their community and ensuring that the annual Huntsville Job Fair is a success for both for the hundreds of job seekers and the employers that attend the fair.

Fellow recipients included community services clients and program facilitators, a landlord focused on housing stability for vulnerable residents, a volunteer driver, child-care providers, seniors program volunteers, and homelessness-reduction partners.

Wed like to thank the 2019 Muskoka Community Services Recognition Awards recipients for instilling hope, changing lives and working together to make Muskoka a thriving, caring community, concluded Urbanski. Thank you friends, family and community members for being with us today to celebrate our volunteers.

Read more about the 2019 Muskoka Community Services Recognition Award recipients on in future.

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