Joseph Brant

Brenda Hunter named Citizen of the Year

May 12, 2016

From the Burlington Post

Brenda Hunter’s dedication to the healthcare needs of her city — specifically through the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation — has earned her the honour of Burlington’s Citizen of the Year Award this evening (Wednesday).

Hunter received the accolade at tonight's Burlington's Best Awards, celebrated at the Burlington Convention Centre.

The annual awards are managed by a citizen’s committee established in 1965 with the mandate of recognizing Burlington residents who bring honour to the city and make a difference in their community.

This evening’s awards featured seven award winners selected from among 20 nominees.

Award categories included the Heritage Award, Community Service Award, Environmental Award, Arts Person of the Year, Junior Citizen of the Year, Senior Person of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burlington-Lakeshore and the Rotary Club of Burlington North, the Citizen of the Year Award is given to a person whose volunteer activity has made a significant and sustained contribution to the vibrancy and well being of the Burlington community.

Hunter is described as a true champion of the hospital foundation’s Our New Era Campaign, which has already raised more than $48 million of its $60 million fundraising goal toward Jo Brant's $500 million, multi-phase redevelopment/expansion project.

She also successfully led the One Room at a Time Campaign, which raised $400,000 in support of the refurbishment of the hospital's Palliative Care Unit.

“Hunter is an example of leadership and volunteerism and her many contributions have transformed our community,” stated a city press release.

“All nominees have shown passion, dedication and caring for their fellow residents and their city,” said Mayor Rick Goldring.

“They have a ripple effect of kindness and compassion that is inspiring. I applaud the Burlington’s Best Awards Committee for managing the difficult task of picking only one winner in each category.”

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