The Toronto Maple Leafs have teamed up with Citizen to recognize a member of our community for their outstanding achievements.
February's Citizen Community MVP winner is Ronnie Williams. Ronnie has worked at Dixon Hall since 2012. Ronnie is the Coordinator of their Mentoring for Violence Prevention (MVP) hockey program and works with hundreds of youth in Regent Park, coaching, mentoring, and harnessing the power of sport to create positive change in the community. Since joining Dixon Hall, Ronnie has incorporated some great team-building opportunities into the hockey program, which have led to their players learning to communicate better, both on and off the ice. He is an incredible role model, support person and friend to the youth he works.
January's Citizen Community MVP winner is Paramedic Chuck Martin. Chuck represents all of the dedicated Toronto paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and operations support people who help up to 800 people who call 911 for a medical emergency every day. Chuck is noted for his compassionate care to all those who call in need, including those who are the most vulnerable in our City. Chuck, in his fourteen years as a Paramedic with the service, has helped moms' deliver their babies at home or at the side of the road, helped rescue people from the freezing waters of Lake Ontario and resuscitated multiple cardiac arrest patients. Thank you Chuck, and your colleagues, for your dedication and service to the people of Toronto.
Bill has played a cornerstone role as the head coach for the East York Minor Hockey Association NHL Learn to Play program for the 2016-17 GTHL hockey season. Bill and his on-ice staff consistently challenge, teach, develop and train 120 male and female athletes between the ages of four and six years of age weekly at East York Memorial Arena. Bill's professionalism, personality, creative teaching abilities and do what it takes attitude is a direct reflection of the success at East York. Because of Bill, his staff and all his endless efforts, the NHL Learn to Play program at East York is considered to be flagship location throughout the NHL.
Zelia is a grade 6 teacher at McMurrich Public School and her passion for education is reflected in everything she does. In the classroom, Zelia is always finding new and innovative ways to engage her students in their learning. And from Day 1, Zelia has been an incredible supporter of the NHL's Future Goals program getting involved with every event the Maple Leafs host and is continuously spreading the word about the program to other educators.
Graham oversees the Skate the Dream program, which is a skating program open to all youth including newcomers to Canada. In their words, it gives children and youth the opportunity to learn and play the game of hockey. This introductory program is designed for children who have never played hockey before and would not otherwise have an opportunity to play.
Graham's positive outlook and driven attitude has made him a valued leader of the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton and especially the Skate the Dream program as he continues to work hard to improve the lives of youth in Hamilton.