Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

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Awards & Recognition

Ongwanada is proud of its achievements and will post awards, recognition, and funding success stories on this page.

GARDENS

Kingston Blooms

The City of Kingston began hosting the annual Kingston Blooms Best-kept Garden Awards in 2003. Ongwanada first won the honour in 2004.

In 2006 work was finished on the construction of The Joseph Dominik Sensory Garden, which proved to be a popular candidate for the Kingston Blooms award, Receiving recognition yearly from 2007-2013. 

Proud Of Our Volunteers

Volunteers

Each year during National Volunteer Week, Ongwanada stops to celebrate the many volunteers who make a difference. At the ceremony, awards are given for years of consistent volunteer commitment and going above and beyond.

2021 Recipients 

5 Year Service Awards – recognized for five years of consistent volunteer commitment or time period’s equivalent to

  • Karen Zeng – Best Buddy Volunteer
  • Sara Doyle – Musical / Religious & Spiritual Care Volunteer
  • Desiree Simpson – Befriending Volunteer
  • Cindy Weese – Yoga Fun Volunteer  

25 Year Service Award – recognized for 25 years of consistent volunteer commitment or time period’s equivalent to

  • Evelyn Parks – Volunteer Driver, Adult Protective Services

Volunteer Stars of the Year – recognized for going above and beyond 

  • Sierra Cosentino – Best Buddies
  • Greg Eriksen – Best Buddies
  • Sabrina Greco – Best Buddies
  • Michelle Mataj – Best Buddies
  • Austin McMillan – Best Buddies
  • Zoe Myers – Best Buddies
  • Taylor Seeley – Best Buddies 
  • Elizabeth Simzer – Best Buddies
  • Georgia Tkachuk – Best Buddies
  • Danielle Taray-Matheson – Best Buddies   

2020 Recipients

5 Year Service Awards – recognized for five years of consistent volunteer commitment or time period’s equivalent to

  • Jim Barnes – Befriending Volunteer
  • Judith Hennessey – Administrative Volunteer
  • Mary Ryan – Bowling Buddy Volunteer
  • Cynthia Bradley – Best Buddies & Annual Event Volunteer (*with us longer than five years, past summer volunteer for the first handful of years)

10 Year Service Award – recognized for ten years of consistent volunteer commitment or time period’s equivalent to

  • Joan Catto – Cafeteria

Volunteer Stars of the Year – recognized for going above and beyond

  • Lauren Sandrasagra – Best Buddies
  • Rika Wong – Best Buddies
  • Kiera Lee-Pii – Best Buddies
  • Noah Tregobov – Best Buddies
  • Emma Walker – Best Buddies
  • Mary Fay – Best Buddies
  • Adrian Iftene – Administrative Support, Clinical Records
  • Chris Zajner – Exercise Support, Group Support, and Hospital Companionship
  • Stephanie Saunders – Best Buddies
  • Alex Wyatt – Best Buddies

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