The Toronto Maple Leafs have teamed up with Citizen to recognize a member of our community for their outstanding achievements.
Leala McInerney has demonstrated incredible leadership by volunteering her time to help others. Driven by her commitment to creating a better path for youth facing barriers, Leala championed a $25,000 donation to MLSE LaunchPad through her work with the Liberty Village Resident's Association. Leala has increased her impact in the community by serving as an executive team member on MLSE Foundation's Game Changers committee. Her expertise in community building helped produce many new initiatives aimed at creating a brighter future for at-risk youth.
As part of our team's longstanding partnership with Toronto's First Responders, the Leafs would like to recognize Denise Hynes who is a public educator for the Toronto Fire Services. Denise exemplifies passion and enthusiasm in her role, and goes above and beyond to teach safety to our community. Last year, Denise was awarded the National Fire Protection Association Educator of the Year and donated a portion of her award to Camp BUCKO to help children with burn injuries. She has worked hard to develop programs aimed at senior citizens, Syrian refugees in Canada and young adults with disabilities.
Quinton has been leading the Maple Leafs' Hockey In The Neighbourhood program with the City of Toronto for the past 9 years. He is currently the Head Instructor for the Grandravine Community Centre and John Booth Arena sites which are located in high-risk areas. Through the program, Quinton helps provide access and opportunity to children from diverse cultural backgrounds to the game of hockey. His passion for the sport is seen through his interactions with participants and he acts as a role model to all children in his programs.
A native of North York, Ontario, Geraldine has lived her passion for hockey and giving back to the community her whole life. She was a former Team Canada Women's Olympian and a 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee. After a successful hockey career, she has spent the last 8 years coaching various minor hockey teams and recently competed in the Maple Leafs PlayStation Platinum Cup as coach of the Atom AAA Hamilton Junior Bulldogs. She is also an advocate of women in sports and runs various skills camps across Hamilton for young girls.
From East York, Ontario, Tom McDonell has over 35 years of experience in making a difference through coaching and creating exceptional development opportunities at all levels of hockey. Tom strives to build a better future for today's youth through organized athletic programs such as the CNIB Ice Owls, the East York Bulldogs through the East York Minor Hockey Association, the Don Mills Flyers AAA Hockey Club and East York Collegiate High School Hockey team. In addition, Tom has been a primary contributor to the Maple Leafs hockey development programs and Leafs Hockey School, which teaches and inspires children through the sport of hockey.
Blaine Felix holds an Honours B.A. from York University in Communications and Sociology and has worked with the City of Toronto for over 18 years. He is a leader in our community and has been instrumental in the Maple Leafs' Hockey in The Neighbourhood program for the last 8 years. With Blaine's help, Hockey in the Neighbourhood has provided hundreds of boys and girls with a unique opportunity to experience the game of Hockey in Toronto.