The Toronto Maple Leafs have teamed up with Citizen to recognize a member of our community for their outstanding achievements.
03/16 - Donald Legree
The Faustina Sports Club has developed 26 thousand players in minor hockey to date and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Since 1951 the charity has provided opportunities for children and youth to play both house league and select hockey in South Etobicoke. The charity brings together fun, friendship and community to ensure that hockey is more accessible to children and youth in Toronto.
Don Legree a volunteer at Faustina is has been a member of distinction at the Club for 25 years. His service has been exemplary and includes organizing and running the Hockey School 'Future Starz for more than 20 years, He also coordinated the Carl Gardineer Annual Xmas Tournament for many years. No job is too small for Don Legree and he carries out all his duties with excellence as assigned. Don even maintains the goalie equipment for all the younger teams, and coordinates sweater acquisitions and trophies on behalf of the league.
Members of the Faustina hockey League are strictly volunteers and receive no financial compensation at all for any of their work. Don Legree a community champion who loves hockey and contributes far beyond the call of duty.
02/16 - Colin and Brenden Kennedy
The Glen Park Public School Wolf Pack hockey team started in 2011 thanks to the dream of a 10 year old grade 4 student, Brenden Kennedy. Brenden loved hockey and wondered why his school did not have a hockey team to give more kids the chance to play his favourite sport. After rallying up student support, Brenden proposed the prospect of a school ice hockey team to teachers and administrators at Glen Park.
Within 8 months of bringing the idea forward, the Wolf Pack took to the ice for their inaugural TDSB season in 2012. Since then, the team has annually competed in the TDSB league and introduced over 140 students to the game of hockey, many of whom had never before been on skates. The opportunity for these students to play hockey was a result of Brenden's initiative and passion to bring hockey to his school community.
Colin, Brenden's father, supported his son's dream and was instrumental in making it happen. Colin has been the volunteer coach of Wolf Pack since the team began and has contributed many hours to getting equipment for those that needed it, securing ice time, and ensuring the Wolf Pack program continues for future kids to enjoy.
01/16 - Kwame Agyemang
January's Citizen Community MVP is Kwame Agyemang. Having grown up in the Black creek community, his first foray into the heart of Toronto's at-risk Community was volunteering at the Driftwood Community Centre assisting with the Boys and Girls Club from 2007 - 2008. Since then, Kwame has held roles starting with the OCAYA organization in 2009, completing his Social service work placement with COSTI immigration services in 2010, Program coordinator with Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services in 2011-2012 and finally to Camp Director with Doorsteps in 2013. In the fall of 2013, Kwame then began his journey with Believe To Achieve organization & was named Program Coordinator. Kwame is a driving force of change for the youth of Toronto's most volatile neighbourhoods. In just 2 years, Kwame has been instrumental in the execution and management of a range of programs; including after school programs, Youth programs, Drop-In, Drop-In Boxing and women's fitness group Programs.
12/15 - Tim Broadhagen and Dave Besco
December's Citizen Community MVP's are Tim Broadhagen and Dave Besco. Tim, a Toronto Police Officer, created the ProAction Hockey League. During its first year, the ProAction Hockey league engaged 65 youth in this program. Officers taught youth to skate and then play in an organized hockey league. Over the years, the demand for this program increased significantly as parents saw the positive impact this program had on their kids. To meet this demand, several other officers at 54 Division became involved to grow the program, engage more youth and ensure the needs of the community were met. The program is now spearheaded by Dave Besco who has supported and managed this program's growth giving over 150 youth the chance to participate in an activity that they would not normally be able to afford.
11/15 - Ahsan Ahmad
November's Citizen Community MVP winner is Ahsan Ahmad, a Brampton high school student who joined the MLSE Foundation's Hockey in the Neighbourhood program to learn how to skate and now, as a graduate of the program, volunteers to teach younger kids. Ahsan was recognized by Leafs Alumni Dan Daoust who presented him with the award and a Citizen watch.
10/15 - Jennifer Irving
Jennifer Irving was the Citizen Community MVP for the month of October for her hard work in developing a hockey program called "We Nook, We Shoot, We score" which gives over 100 youth in her community the opportunity to play hockey for free. Leafs Alumni Bob Nevin was there to present Jenn with her Citizen watch and award while the whole arena cheered along.