T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award

Nominations are open

Now part of the Niagara Impact Awards, nominations are open for the 2024 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award

Nominate a resident by March 4

T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the region, Canada, and abroad for serving his community, his country and his fellow citizens.

In memory of the late Councillor T. Roy Adams, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy's values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life.

2023 Winner: Carey Benvenuti

Carey Benvenuti was named the 2023 recipient of the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award. Carey is being recognized for her years of commitment and dedication to addressing food insecurity in communities across Niagara.

She is the founder of No One Goes Hungry, a grass-roots, community-based organization which she started in 2017 while volunteering with the Salvation Army's Mobile Outreach Truck - a service that prepares and distributes meals to some of Niagara's most vulnerable citizens.

Carey's unique ability to rally volunteers to help prepare large batch, high-quality meals has quickly helped No One Goes Hungry expand its reach to several communities across Niagara.

To date, Carey and her crew have prepared and distributed more than 150,000 meals and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Whether it's establishing in-school meal programs that help feed more than 100 high school students every day, or creating the first-ever in-school community pantry that allows students to "shop" at school and bring food home to their families, Carey and her team continue to find innovative ways to improve the lives of individuals who struggle with food insecurity.

Through her ongoing actions, Carey Benvenuti has demonstrated her belief that "every person matters" and she has shown a genuine interest in helping those less fortunate than herself.

2023 Winner: Carey Benvenuti

Carey Benvenuti

Previous winners

  • 2021: Susan Venditti
  • 2020: Douglas Rapelje
  • 2019: Dan Bouwman
  • 2018: James Rennie
  • 2017: Tom Rankin
  • 2016: Paul Turner
  • 2015: Sheila Frank
  • 2014: Mary Ann Edwards
  • 2013: Robert Mahoney
  • 2012: Jack McKiernan
  • 2011: Robbie Craine Davidson
  • 2010: Ken and Denise Taylor
  • 2009: William Craine
  • 2008: Jill and Gary Taylor
  • 2007: Catherine Mindorff
  • 2006: Dorothea Hayslip
  • 2005: Linda Crabtree
  • 2004: Margaret and Bob Ferguson
  • 2003: Jack O'Neil

Award information

  • Eligibility
    • Current resident of Niagara
    • Evidence that the spirit of volunteerism and community service plays an integral part of the individual's life
    • A person whose community service has involved the citizens of Niagara

    Elected officials (currently in office) and employees of Niagara Region are not eligible.

  • Nomination process

    A nominee for the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award:

    • May be sponsored by either an organization or individual (co-sponsors, not related to the nominee)
    • Is eligible for the year in which they are nominated
    • Cannot be considered posthumously
  • Selection process

    The Niagara Impact Awards review panel will assess the nominations and select the recipient.

    The award will be presented at the Regional Chair's State of the Region event in April. The recipient's name will also be engraved on the commemorative plaque which is displayed in the lobby of Regional Headquarters.

  • Evaluation criteria
    Evaluation Criteria Explanation Weight (%)
    Quality of the 'humanitarian' service Is it truly humanitarian? 20
    Scope of Humanitarian Impact Who does it affect? 16
    Personal commitment/ sacrifice (time, cost) What is the degree of sacrifice/commitment
    (e.g. time commitment)?
    Need for the community service What is the community demand? 14
    New, unique initiative/idea Is it a common/ubiquitous community service? 12
    Niagara benefit Is it region-wide or strictly local? 10
    Extent of volunteer/professional capacity Is it an extension of the nominee's current job (remuneration)? 8
    References What is the relative quality and content of submission through additional support information? 4
    Total 100
  • T. Roy Adams biography
    T. Roy Adams

    Thomas 'Roy' Adams was born and raised in St. Catharines, the second eldest of 10 children (seven boys and three girls). Born to parents who encouraged their children to serve the Lord, Roy committed his life to service through the Salvation Army. He served as a leader of the youth (Sunday School Teacher, Young People's Sergeant Major, Young People's Band Leader, and Chairman of the Group Committee of the Boy Scouts) and through adult ministries (Songster Leader and Deputy Bandmaster). When not in active leadership, his steady participation in the music ministries exemplified the faithfulness of his purpose.

    Roy enlisted in the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in June 1940, served overseas and was honourably discharged in 1945. He remained a member of the Regimental Association, and was director for three years, and president until his death. He also was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and enjoyed planning, organizing and arranging charter flights to Holland, as well as annual reunions for many years.

    Roy was employed by Foster Wheeler for more than 20 years in various capacities, including personnel supervisor. In 1972 he joined ARC Industries as workshop director and was then appointed executive director of the St. Catharines Association for the Mentally Retarded. He was elected mayor of the City of St. Catharines in 1976 and served in that capacity for nine years, and served on Regional Council from 1988 until 2002. During Roy's terms on Regional Council, he was a member of several standing committees, served as Chair of the Community and Health Services Committee for many years, and Chair of the Police Services Board.

    Roy was actively involved in many organizations including: the Association of Municipalities of Ontario; the St. Catharines General Hospital Board of Governors; the Niagara District Health Council, Executive Committee; the Niagara Rehabilitation Centre; the St. Catharines Hydro Electric Commission; the St. Catharines South Rotary Club; the Christian Business Men, St. Catharines; President, Canadian Bible Society, St. Catharines; President, Probus Club, St. Catharines and District; Christian Connections; the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Band; the Thorold Reed Band; the Niagara Falls Concert Band; the Port Colborne Band; the Clown Band/Hungry Seven; and the Bandmaster/Director of Holland's Glorie Band.

    Roy believed that "every person matters", and had a sincere interest in people, particularly those less fortunate, whether because of disability or misfortune. He was a man respected for his service and dedication to the people of St. Catharines, Niagara region, and the country.

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