Rotary Club of Kingston announces recipients of the 2024 Community Service Awards

Left to right: Jessica Hellard, Lindsay Duggan, Wendy Barrette, Dave Short, and Joyce Hoston. Photo via Rotary Club of Kingston.

The Rotary Club of Kingston has announced the recipients of the 2024 Community Service Awards. Wendy Barrette, Lindsay Duggan, Jessica Hellard, Joyce Hoston, and Dave Short were recognized during a special presentation on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2024, in the Frontenac Room of the Travelodge.

According to a release from the Rotary Club, each recipient received a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow upon a person.

The Rotary Club of Kingston contributes $1,000 (US) to the Rotary Foundation for the privilege of recognizing each person with a Paul Harris Fellow. The money is collected through annual member donations, according to the release. 

“Our Community Service Awards acknowledge ‘Service Above Self’ and an appreciation for a substantial contribution toward humanitarian causes offered to the community, nation, or the world,” the club expressed.

The award is named after Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who, with three business associates, created Rotary in 1905. Following Harris’s death in 1947, the Rotary Foundation received significant donations in his name.

Today, the fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations. According to the release, over the past 100+ years, the Rotary Foundation has allocated $4 billion to life-changing, sustainable projects that support its seven areas of focus: basic education & literacy, community economic development, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, peacebuilding and conflict prevention, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and the environment. In 2022-23 alone, the Foundation awarded $55 million to fund 1,092 global grants, and $26 million to fund 473 district grants.

The following recipient information was provided by the Rotary Club in the release:

Wendy Barrette

Since moving to Kingston in 2002, Wendy has coordinated fundraising golf tournaments and helped strengthen the supportive programs at Breast Cancer Action Kingston (BCAK). Our club first met her when The Molly launched as the ‘sister’ tournament of the Syl Apps Celebrity Golf Tournament (Molly and Syl were husband and wife). Wendy brought her experience from the PGA and RCGA pro circuits to attract sponsors and players. Wendy was recruited in 2016 to help boost the Share the Care golf tournament for BCAK, which has more than doubled its earnings since that time. In 2019, she joined the board (current Treasurer) and developed numerous initiatives to further support women of all ages living with and surviving breast cancer.

Lindsay Duggan

Lindsay is a tireless volunteer whose continual commitment to numerous organizations has made a tremendous difference in our community.  Lindsay is the founding director of 100+ Women Who Care, which from 2013-2020 raised over $600,000 for local agencies. She was a board member for Dress for Success and led the Bring on the Bling fundraiser, which raised $35,000. Lindsay sits on the board for St. Vincent de Paul Society of Kingston, provides yoga classes through Raising the Human Spirit at Joyceville Penitentiary, speaks on diversity and inclusion at St Lawrence College, and supports numerous fundraisers for Alzheimer’s, Muscular Dystrophy, Wearhouse, and hockey equipment purchases for northern Indigenous communities.

Jessica Hellard

In 2010, Jessica co-founded Kingston Animal Rescue (KAR), a no-kill rescue that focuses on small animals that would otherwise be at high risk for euthanasia. Since then, 1,070+ animals have been rescued. Jessica also championed a by-law to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in Kingston stores. Further, Jessica has advocated for accessibility needs through Inclusive Kingston since her first child, Lachlan was born with a rare condition. She spearheaded a campaign for accessible trick-or-treating to ensure every kid can trick-or-treat regardless of ability and mobility. Jessica is also using her fundraising, advocacy, and marketing experience for the Inclusive Play Project’s campaign to create Kingston’s first fully inclusive playground.

Joyce Hoston

Joyce has held countless positions within numerous local environmental groups including Lakeside Community Garden, Little Forests, All Our Relations Land Trust, and Master Gardeners. Through the various campaigns, nearly 2,700 trees were planted in 12 different neighbourhoods in Kingston with an estimated 500 volunteers. She has facilitated free workshops about everything from fruit tree guilds to beetle banks and no-mow May to no-till gardening. Joyce has also been a panelist and facilitator of countless environmental programs, and spearheaded biodiversity and green infrastructure initiatives. She has been a delegation before city council on various topics including a pollinator plan, city in a forest, woodlots, and the community garden policy.

Dave Short

A Rotarian since 2014, Dave has played a key role on the Easter Seals, Trust Fund, and the Community Outreach Grants committees. He also served on the Board of Directors and has volunteered at countless fundraising events including the Easter Seals Regatta and the Kingston Fall Fair. Outside of Rotary, Dave has been a youth tutor at Pathways to Education and held numerous volunteer positions (everything from first mate to cook to board President) with Brigantine. He’s actively involved at Queen’s Street United Church and the Kingston Velo Club. And, as an avid musician, Dave plays the trumpet with a local band as well as in the Salvation Army Band.

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