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‘These groups and individuals have gone the extra mile’: 15 recipients recognized for community efforts during COVID-19

Throughout 2020, there have been many people who have stepped up in incredible ways to make a difference during a time that has been challenging for everyone. In October, the Town of Orangeville announced they were seeking nominations to recognize those who made a difference locally through their Community Recognition Awards. The idea was originally brought forward by Deputy Mayor Andy Macintosh, who noted when the recipients were announced that he was proud of each and every one. “It has been tough on everyone during these times, but these groups and individuals have gone the extra mile. So, on behalf of Council, I thank you so very much,” said Macintosh. Although an in-person presentation could not be made due to pandemic restrictions, many of the recipients joined the Dec. 14 meeting of council by phone or video to be recognized for their contributions this year. The 15 recipients announced for the meeting included: Branching out Support Service Participants Cedar Heights Youth Residence 101.5 MyFM Radio Community Response Team Curry Mantra Restaurant Heritage Dental Deja Vu Diner and Boxed Meats Dufferin Autism Committee Orangeville Caremongering Orangeville Minor Hockey Pita Pit Marifa MacMullen Simran Bhamu Sym Bookkeeping Teena Avery Many of the recipients took special care to address the needs of the community through things like increased mental-health services, connecting individuals with those who could assist them, food provisions, access to hard-to-come-by foods, caring for community spaces, and much more. “2020 has been a challenging time for everyone,” noted Mayor Sandy Brown. “There have been some organizations, individuals, and businesses that have been able to pivot through this very difficult time to come up with innovative ideas to help their own companies and their community.” A donation of $600 will be made to the Orangeville Food Bank from the Community Grand Program on behalf of the award recipients.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner

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