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Kingston chooses Community Leaders for Canada 150 celebrations

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“…A self-described chronic volunteer will be one of 13 Kingstonians representing the city as a Community Leader in 2017 as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday.

Megan McKever, 28, volunteers with the Red Cross as an emergency response team member and with local organization Kenya Help and the Girl Guides of Canada. In her free time, the Barrie native, who came to Kingston to study sociology and history at Queen’s University, is an event co-ordinator by trade but works as a financial assistant at the chemical engineering department at Queen’s….”

Author: Steph Crosier
Date of Article: December 11, 2016
Source: The Kingston Whig-Standard
Website: http://www.thewhig.com/2016/12/11/kingston-chooses-community-leaders-for-canada-150-celebrations

#ygkChallenge: Operation Red Nose

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“…The #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play….”

Author: Danielle Lennon
Date of Article: December 1, 2016
Source: Kingstonist
Website: http://www.kingstonist.com/2016/12/01/operation-red-nose-43412/

Kingston Police donate $20,000 from NAPEC to United Way

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“…The success of the 2016 North American Police Equestrian Championships held here in Kingston will directly benefit countless charities and agencies throughout the area.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Kingston Police announced the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) as the charity of choice to receive all proceeds from the North American Police Equestrian Championships (NAPEC), which Kingston Police hosted at the former Kingston Penitentiary over four days in September of this year. The event was one of four Kingston Police has hosted this year to mark their 175th anniversary, and was an incredible success, thanks to the countless volunteers and organizers who helped make the event happen, said Kingston Police Chief Gilles Larochelle, calling NAPEC a “very, very special event.”…”

Author: Tori Stafford
Date of Article: November 20, 2016
Source: Metroland Eastern Ontario Media Group
Website: http://www.kingstonregion.com/community-story/6976639-kingston-police-donate-20-000-from-napec-to-united-way/

Vigil casts light on mental illness

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“…A high school student used the light from dozens of small candles Friday morning to illuminate the need to better support those struggling with mental illness.

Caleb Stringer, a student at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School who was himself diagnosed with depression two years ago, organized a lunchtime candlelight vigil in the school chapel to bring awareness to the issue of mental illness and “to reach those living in darkness.”…”

Author: Michael Lea
Date of Article: November 18, 2016
Source: The Kingston Whig
Website: http://www.thewhig.com/2016/11/18/vigil-casts-light-on-mental-illness

A guide to Kingston’s 13th annual Nightime Santa Parade

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“…It’s that time of year again – time to welcome Santa to the Limestone City. On Nov. 19, the man in red will arrive and as always he will be greeted by Kingston’s spectacular nighttime parade. While the parade is always fun for everyone in the city, it also comes with some road closures. Here is a list, complete with times, to help you navigate the city during Santa’s arrival.

Kingston Police is happy to once again participate in and provide traffic control for the 2016 Nighttime Santa Parade….”

Date of Article: November 18, 2016
Source: Metroland Eastern Ontario Media Group
Website: http://www.kingstonregion.com/news-story/6974963-a-guide-to-kingston-s-13th-annual-nightime-santa-parade/

Operation Red Nose launches for 2016 holiday season

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“…There is never an excuse for drinking and driving, but even more so now that Operation Red Nose is in full swing after launching their 2016 Kingston campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

One of the largest and most successful Operation Red Nose campaigns in Ontario, Operation Red Nose Kingston aims to keep impaired drivers off the road by offering free rides and a car pick-up service to those in the area….”

Author: Tori Stafford
Date of Article: November 17, 2016
Source: Metroland Eastern Ontario Media Group
Website: http://www.kingstonregion.com/news-story/6973082-operation-red-nose-launches-for-2016-holiday-season/

Volunteers key to Kettle Campaign

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“…The kettle bells will be ringing for the start of the holiday season starting this Friday with the launch of the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaign.

The goal for the 2016 Kettle Campaign is to raise $290,000.

“That’s about $6,000 more than we raised last year,” Sam MacLeod, Kingston’s new Kettle Campaign co-ordinator, said….”

Author: Julia McKay
Date of Article: November 16, 2016
Source: The Kingston Whig
Website: http://www.thewhig.com/2016/11/16/volunteers-key-to-kettle-campaign

Operation Red Nose back for 2016 holidays

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“…Operation Red Nose is back in Kingston and the surrounding area for the 2016 holiday season to provide festive partygoers with a safe ride home.

The volunteer designated driver service provides drivers who may have had too many festive beverages a ride home in their own car. The service is free, but donations are welcome. Their goal is to raise $20,000 for youth programming….”

Author: Steph Crosier
Date of Article: November 16, 2016
Source: The Kingston Whig
Website: http://www.thewhig.com/2016/11/16/operation-red-nose-back-for-2016-holidays

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad This Summer

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“…Well hello summer! You’re finally here, forcing your unyielding heat and lengthy daylight hours on anyone who will listen. As the season rolls in, you are probably contemplating where you should go for your summer vacation. Have you ever considered volunteering abroad?…”

Author: Danielle Nelson
Date of Article: June 23, 2016
Source: The Huffington Post
Website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-nelson/why-you-should-volunteer-_b_10624642.html

Employee Volunteering Extends To The Polling Booth

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“…Part of community impact is engaging in the civic life of communities, and that starts with electing national and local leaders. Holding elections hinges on the help of volunteers, so this area is one that’s ripe for employee involvement….”

Author: Ryan Scott
Date of Article: February 19, 2016
Source: Forbes
Website: http://www.forbes.com/sites/causeintegration/2016/02/19/employee-volunteering-extends-to-the-polling-booth/#42c475b52cca

I was raised to volunteer: nursing homes, clinics, church nurseries, school, everywhere that could use help. It’s such an intrinsic part of me, to use my life to help improve the quality of others.

Debby Ryan