Carol’s Place Volunteers Announced As Recipients For 2019 Scholfield Award For Community Distinction

United Way of Peterborough & District today announced the 2019 recipient of the Scholfield Award of Community Distinction. The annual award was established to recognize an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution and ability to mobilize change within the community.

The 2019 recipient is Carol’s Place, in particular, their volunteers. Carol’s Place is a gathering place for people that was open in the morning and early evening, in the hours when local hot-meal programs and overnight shelters were closed. It was named in honour of Carol Winter, who devoted her life to helping the homeless, the poor and the marginalized in Peterborough. It was her dream to create a place where people in need could go, at any time of day.

Carol’s Place was a safe and inclusive place for anyone to gather. They provided a listening ear and information about services available. They also have a supply of donated clothing and items (camping supplies, first aid kits, insect repellent etc.) for those who need them. At Christmas time, they donated backpacks filled with supplies to those in need.

It was operational until December 31st, 2018 when they were evicted from their location at Peterborough Square. Dan and other volunteers are currently advocating and fundraising to find a new location.

The volunteers who have made Carol’s Place possible include: Dan Hennessey, Judy Jordan, Glenn Goodberry, Susan Gontier, Darlene Boyle and Janet Wilkins.

Michael Andrews, United Way Board member and selection committee member said, “volunteers are the life blood of many organizations, and United Way is proud to recognize these often unsung heroes in our community.”

Past award recipients have been Bill Strode, John Martyn, People First, Survivors Abreast, Marie Bongard, and Roy Brady, Stephen Kylie, Faith Dickinson and most recently Marion Burton.

Passing the Torch to 2019 United Way Campaign Chair David Goyette

This morning at the United Way office, Lakefield resident David Goyette was introduced as the 2019 United Way Campaign Chair. 2018 Campaign Chair Megan Murphy was on hand to “pass the torch” to Mr. Goyette. Joining David was his partner Victoria Pearce.

United Way CEO Jim Russell said that “David is a true renaissance man,” citing Goyette’s accomplishments as an academic and published author; a writer, journalist and playwright; a songwriter, guitarist and recorded musician; a painter; and a successful consultant, entrepreneur and business person.

With degrees from the University of Toronto and Queens’ University, David’s professional career has focused on public affairs and communications consulting to more than 100 Canadian and American politicians; 33 offices at Queen’s Park including 17 Deputy Ministers; and the leaders of Canada’s business community, including the senior management at most of the country’s major banks.

Citing Goyette’s philanthropy such as the funding of the David Goyette Stage and Green Room at Showplace Performance Centre, as well as concert sponsorship of the Peterborough Singers, Russell said, “David has demonstrated a commitment to building community; he leads by example in encouraging both the arts and civic engagement.”

Goyette’s volunteer activities in the Peterborough community include service to 20 organizations, including 5 as a Board Director. Peterborough has proven to be fertile ground for David, who has published three books, mounted 15 shows of his paintings, and recorded a blues album since 2011. Full proceeds from the sale of his books were donated to local charitable organizations.  

 “I am honoured to be able to give back to a community that has given so much to me,” Goyette said. “I am also looking forward to putting the cabinet together and working with the team on some innovative approaches to the marketing of the campaign.”

The campaign will launch on September 18, 2019.

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For more information, please contact;
Jim Russell, CEO
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839
E: jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca