The ‘stars of Port Hope’ were celebrated last evening through the annual Civic Awards ceremony, which honoured recipients in seven categories in a pre-recorded broadcast that aired on YourTV and on the Civic Awards page.  

“There hasn’t been a more important time in recent history to celebrate and honour the good work being done by our citizens,” notes Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that we rely on our community to get us through some of the tough moments. This year’s Civic Awards reminds us that, even when there is turmoil, humans are still contributing to our community in ways that wow us everyday. Congratulations to all of the nominees and award winners and I encourage everyone to watch the ceremony posted on our website to share in the celebration of these fine individuals and groups.”

The Civic Awards Program recognizes the broad range of elements that make up Port Hope’s inspiring culture, by acknowledging those who contribute time, skills, and resources towards improving the quality of life in the community.

The program celebrates nominees worthy of recognition for exceptional contributions and/or achievements, bringing honour and/or enrichment to the Municipality of Port Hope.

The two top winners of the evening include Jordan Mapley who was named Outstanding Youth and Barry Adamson who received the Outstanding Citizen award (see nomination details below).

The Civic Awards Advisory Committee, a committee of Council, meets regularly throughout the year to manage the recognition program and host the annual award ceremony on behalf of Council. The Committee is comprised of the following members: Keri Kroeger, David Kroeger, Sue Niles, Alexandra Byers, Sandra Ging, Councillor Wendy Meadows, Recording Secretary Mandy Burnet, and Staff Representative Jeannie Maidens.

The Civic Awards Committee is seeking civic-minded individuals to join the team. Those interested in applying can do so on the Boards and Committees page.

Review the Civic Awards page for more information and a list of all award recipients.

Outstanding Citizen: Barry Adamson

Mr. Adamson’s work has been as a founding member of the Port Hope Agricultural Heritage Club. In 2007, the club’s building was issued an eviction notice and, with limited funds and no thought of giving up, Mr. Adamson took the opportunity to replace the old building with a newer facility that better fit the club’s needs. After a tremendous amount of personal effort and work, in 2012 the club was able to open its own brand-new facility. Following that achievement, he planned an expansion, which occurred in 2014. This means the club currently has two buildings filled with treasured antiques that help to preserve this area’s heritage. He has also helped to expand membership, which has grown well beyond the 6 members it had when it opened, to 265.

In 2010, Mr. joined the Float your Fanny Event Committee, bringing energy and stability to the annual planning team. He was able to inspire a complete rejuvenation of the event, each year bringing new enhancements, community partnerships, grant money, economic impact, media coverage, all which ultimately elevated the event to a professional standard second to none.

Finally, Mr. Adamson also served on the Wesleyville Cemetery board, participated in the Canada Day and Santa Claus Parades, assisted with improving the audio at the Remembrance Day ceremony, delivered Salvation Army Christmas hampers, hosted the Early Years Family Night Barbecue. He has volunteered with First Port Hope Beavers and at Ganaraska Trail Public School where he dedicated countless hours to the playground build, built raised garden beds outside the kindergarten classroom, volunteered at numerous school fundraisers, trips, and athletic events.

Outstanding Youth: Jordan Mapley

Jordan Mapley has logged more than 600 hours of community service. She began volunteering as a lunch monitor at Ganaraska Trail Public School. She also assisted in the kindergarten classrooms and provided support for other students in the extended French program. Now in high school, she maintains a 90 plus average in Pre-University and Extended French courses, and has received awards for having the highest average in physical education, history, geography, environmental science, and law, all while continuing her exceptional community service commitments and working part-time at a local restaurant to save for University.

Ms. Mapley is a long-time clarinet player and member of the high school orchestra, a member of the varsity dance team, and plays on the Port Hope High School varsity rugby team, often acting as captain. She has served as communication minister, participated in school events such as Link Crew, Fast for Funds, the annual Christmas Craft Sale, the Terry Fox Run, and the Spartan Race.

Within the community, Ms. Mapley has been a part of the Rotary Interact Club, The Canadian Firefighters’ Museum, The Port Hope Horticultural Society plant sale. She has served as an activity leader at the Farmers’ Market, and as an ambassador for the Port Hope Fall Fair.