GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. – The second annual Grand Falls-Windsor Civic Awards Gala is in the books.
“What strikes people about our awards is how professional it’s been,” said Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel. “How much work went into putting off the event, right down to having the scripts ready for the presenters, the little skits being done. Videos that coincide with awards presentations, everything was planned to a tee.”
Citizens and organizations from around Grand Falls-Windsor were recognized at the gala. Each of the 12 categories were represented by five nominees based on the qualifications of submitted applications. Outside of the award presentations, the audience was treated to a variety of live performances. The Exploits Extreme Cheerleaders, Grand Falls-Windsor Concert Band, Exploits Drummers and women’s choir Cantus Silva all took to the stage during the evening.
“Generally, we just know there’s a lot of good people in the community,” Manuel said. “A lot of people who excel in different areas.”
Manuel noted that the nominees and winners don’t do what they do for the recognition, but said it’s the community’s job to make sure those people are being recognized.
“It’s a time to celebrate all the great things that they do, that makes our community what it is,” he said.
The mayor said the level of talent in Grand Falls-Windsor has always been exceptional.
“We’ve got people who are really world class musicians,” Manuel said. “People who can do things that are on par with professionals in their field, it’s great to see and we’re very proud of that.”
Manuel said the awards gala was not only a celebration of the people awarded, but a celebration of the community as well.
“To have these groups a part of the show, you’re bring more people into it and it broadens the ability to celebrate the community as a whole,” he said of the performers.
Manuel mentioned the staff and volunteers, particularly Grand Falls-Windsor leisure services officer Sarah McIntosh and volunteer Holly Dwyer, and said without them the show wouldn’t have been a success.
“I thought last night went very well,” Dwyer said the morning after the gala. “I think everyone enjoyed it, we had a lot of positive feedback. I think it’s important to recognize citizens in Grand Falls-Windsor for their positive contributions.”
Grand Falls-Windsor town council, in a media release, wished to thank all of nominees and encouraged the community to keep in mind worthy candidates for the 2019 Civic Awards.
Grand Falls-Windsor Civic Award winners
Special Olympic Athlete of the Year: Joshua Gardner
The Beverley Anne Butler Heritage Award: Anne Warr
Female Athlete of the Year: Hailey Budgell
Male Athlete of the Year: Aaron Stacey
Musician of the Year: Michael Race
Business of the Year: Horwood’s Home Care
Arts & Culture Award: Art Ex Festival Corporation
Team of the Year: Exploits Valley Cheerleading Team
Volunteer of the Year: Dave Byrne
Youth of the Year: Steven Drake
Citizen of the Year: Allan Bradley
Organization of the Year: Grand Falls-Windsor Community Kitchen
Mayor’s Awards presented to: Billy Ballard, Joe Tremblett Sr., Dave Grimes, Ken Hoefling, Paul Lewis, Bernard Hoffe, Gary Bowers, Gerald Foss, JoAnne Maeck, Mya Healey and Lily Healey