St. John’s honours outstanding volunteers

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The City of St. John’s honoured its top volunteers Tuesday, recognizing three winners in two categories at a reception at city hall.

Ashley Mercer and Ed Dunne were the winners in the individual category.

Mercer was recognized for her work for Easter Seals as a coach trained by the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association, developing its boccia program, a sport designed for people severely affected by their disabilities. Mercer is the head pro­vincial coach, winning the Atlantic championship in 2013 and a silver medal at the 2014 national championship.

Dunne is a 25-year volunteer with the Virginia Park Community Centre who developed many of the centre’s programs, including floor hockey, woodworking, darts and its “Soup’s On” program. Dunne has also worked on projects such as the centre’s haunted house and Christmas parade float, and is the vice-chairman of the Virginia Park Community Centre board of directors.

In the group category, the city honoured the Edition 709 Car Club, including Brendan Guy, Jordan Murphy, Jeremy Power and Corey Prosser. The group raised nearly $22,000 — which it presented to Mothers Against Drinking and Driving — at a memorial car show after founding member Nick Coates was killed in a motorcycle accident in August 2013. The group is planning its next car show for Aug. 16, the first anniversary of Coates’ death.

Organizations: Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association, Virginia Park Community Centre board, Car Club

Geographic location: Virginia Park Community

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