Community Heroes

Published on September 9, 2013

Has someone in your organization done something notable? Here’s your chance to tell Telegram readers all about it.
Community Heroes spotlights community organizations and the volunteers who have gone that extra mile.
If your group honours someone, or achieves something notable, take a photograph and send it in with a description. Maybe your group selected its volunteer of the year; maybe the gang in your office did something special for a charity.
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The Gathering Place has received contribution of $50,000 from Nalcor Energy. "The services and programs which The Gathering Place provides to people who are challenged by mental, physical and social issues, is so important" said Dawn Dalley, vice-president, corporate relations, Nalcor Energy. "It's about respect, dignity and leadership - all core values which we share and we're very pleased to provide support." Shown here during the presentation are (from left) Dawn Dalley, vice-president, corporate relations, Nalcor Energy; The Gathering Place co-chairs Sister Sharon Fagan, Sister Elizabeth Davis and chairman of The Gathering Place gift team, Tom O'Reilly.


The cast and crew of Best Kind Productions' summer musical, "Honk!" which took place in August at Bowring Park, donated part of the show's proceeds to Vanier Elementary School's anti-bullying efforts. Based on the classic "Ugly Duckling" tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the show presents a very powerful message promoting kindness and respect toward others. The duckling, who was taunted and teased by the other characters, eventually learns that being different is a good thing and "out there somewhere, someone's gonna love you, warts and all."

Lead actor, Andrew Hepditch ("Ugly") performed at the school's opening assembly, and joined Artistic Director, Kyle McDavid, and cast member, Annika McDavid, to present Principal Tina Maloney with a cheque for $788.16. The funds will be used for the school's wonderful Project Peace and Roots of Empathy programs.


St. Matthew's School in Cowan Heights and the Rotary Club of St. John's raised funds to provide sanitation facilities and clean drinking water for Chisamba Junior Primary School in Malawi, Africa. The students and staff of St. Matthew's raised $5,300. In collaboration with the Rotary Club of St. John's, this funding will be leveraged and result in more than $20,000 provided to the school in Malawi to provide new toilets, clean drinking water, and a sanitation and hygiene education program.

To help celebrate this important donation, a general assembly was held before the end of the school year which included a performance by popular Newfoundland and Labrador entertainers Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers who performed a reworking of their song Saltwater Joys as Freshwater Joys for the occasion, accompanied by the St. Matthew's school choir.