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Who are the nominees for Burlington’s Best Awards this year?


The Burlington’s Best Committee recently announced it received 28 nominations in eight categories for this year’s rendition of the Burlington’s Best Awards. Nominations were accepted from Jan. 2 to March 7, 2019.

Burlington’s Best is an awards program that honours the city’s most outstanding citizens. The winners in all categories will be revealed at the awards celebration on Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. A dessert reception will follow the awards’ ceremony.

“Our citizens have brought forth an amazing group of nominees. The committee will have a difficult task selecting the candidates that best fit the various civic recognition awards. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating all our nominees and giving thanks to our nominators at the award ceremony, followed by a dessert reception. All ages are welcome to attend the inspiring and heart-warming event.” — Calah Brooks, Chair of Burlington’s Best Committee

Tickets for the celebration event event are $35 per person and can be purchased at the Service Burlington counter at City Hall, 426 Brant St., or by contacting Briar Allison at 905-335-7600, ext. 7458 or

One winner will be selected in each of the award categories. This year’s nominees are:

  • Citizen of the Year — Jere Hartnett, Karen Phelps, and Fareen Samji;
  • Junior Person of the Year — Connor Clark, Ana Cunha, Keziah Oduro, Noor Toeama, and Joel Wakem;
  • Senior Person of the Year — Ona Allen, Trudy Csernyei, Sue McBay, Robert Redhead, and Alan Stupart;
  • Environmental Award — Salma El Ali, and Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club;
  • Arts Person of the Year Award — Gary Fisher, Cheryl Goldring, Sarah Gonyea, Gery Puley, and Hayley Verrall;
  • Community Service Award — Kevin Andrews, Kathy DeSantis, Dani Heroux, Greg and Andrea Howard, and Jeff Moseley-William;
  • Heritage Award — Joan Downey, and Marie Minaker;
  • Accessibility Award — None.

For more details on the awards or upcoming ceremony event, visit


I’m looking forward to the awards ceremony and recognizing each one of the nominees for the great work they do in both contributing to and inspiring our community. The city owes all the nominees a debt of gratitude.

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1 thought on “Who are the nominees for Burlington’s Best Awards this year?”

  1. Its time to realize that organizations not individuals should be recognized for their volunteer work. No one person accomplishes change – it takes a village. By choosing one person in an organization it makes other volunteers in that group feel that they didn’t do enough. I also have to ask why there is a $35.00 charge per person to attend this ceremony? Not everyone who volunteers is able to afford this. In my opinion this award ceremony needs to go.

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