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Do you know a community builder?

Sudbury Living Magazine October 27, 2017 Our Town No Comments on Do you know a community builder?

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Community Builders invites nominations for 2018 awards


This March the community has another chance to say thank you to men and women who have made a difference in the community.

The 15th annual Community Builders Awards Gala will be held March 1 at the Caruso Club.

The awards were started by Northern Life to celebrate the newspaper’s 30th birthday. Over the years, Northern Ontario Business and Sudbury Living, publications which are part of the Laurentian Publishing brand, as well as, have become media sponsors of the event. EastlinkTV has been a platinum sponsor from day one.

“Community Builders are people who are relentless in pursuit of their passion to make the City of Greater Sudbury a truly great place to live. They motivate action and activate positive change,” says Laurentian Publishing vice-president Abbas Homayed.

“Their vision, creativity, spirit and hard work are the driving force behind our mission to pay tribute to those who create a legacy of opportunity for the city.”

Sudburians are invited to submit nominations for the annual awards. The deadline is Nov. 24. Information and nomination forms are available at

Categories are Arts, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health Care, Sports and Recreation and Young Leader (under age 25). The Hall of Fame award is presented to an individual or a group that has had a significant impact on the Sudbury community. Previous winners have been Lily Fielding, Rick Bartolucci, Kinsmen of Sudbury, Bela Ravi, the Lougheeds and Floyd Laughren.

The Legacy Award, introduced in 2016, awarded posthumously to an individual who has created lasting change and measureable difference in the community through commitment and perseverance. This award pays tribute to an individual’s professional, social or cultural leadership, and vision, and his or her legacy. The winner of the 2017 Legacy Award was Edgar Burton who started the annual Christmas Food Drive in the late 1980s.

Winners are selected by an independent jury who spend many hours reading and re-reading nomination packages.

“I had the privilege to co-host the first awards in 2004, says Sudbury Living associate publisher and editor Vicki Gilhula. “I also co-ordinate the souvenir magazine each year and write many of the winners’ profiles.

“From the start, the event has been first class. The organizers pay a lot of attention to detail. For people attending for the first time, they say it is like Sudbury’s Academy Awards.

“Sometimes it seems the same few individuals win awards. But this is not true of Community Builders. We have honoured many people who are not in spotlight. I think everyone goes home feeling very proud of their community,” says Gilhula.


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