2024 Niagara Impact Awards

The Niagara Impact Awards recognize community members who have made a positive impact on life in Niagara.

Residents are encouraged to nominate individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations who have gone above and beyond to help make living in Niagara a little better for others during the past year.

In 2023, the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award was added to the Niagara Impact Awards program.

Eligibility

  • Open to current residents, businesses, and community and non-profit organizations in Niagara
  • Evidence showing the spirit of volunteerism and community
  • Elected officials currently in office and Regional staff are not eligible

Application

When completing the application, you'll be asked about:

  • The action or initiative performed by the nominee that had a positive impact on Niagara during the past year and approximately how many residents it affected
  • How this action contributed to community spirit and Niagara's image
  • Contact information for the nominee

How to nominate

2024 nominations are closed.

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2023 Impact Award recipients

  • T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award - Carey Benvenuti (Port Colborne)
    Carey Benvenuti

    Recognized for her years of commitment and dedication to addressing food insecurity in Niagara.

    As the founder of No One Goes Hungry, a grass-roots, community-based organization which she started in 2017, Carey spearheads a team of volunteers that has prepared and distributed more than 150,000 meals to some of Niagara's most vulnerable citizens.

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

    Learn about the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award.

  • Community Leader Award - Dr. Yousef Haj-Ahmad (Thorold)
    Dr. Yousef Haj-Ahmad

    The CEO and founder of Norgen Biotek Corporation was recognized for his support of Niagara's biotechnology and health sciences sector.

    In 2022, the Haj-Ahmed Family Foundation donated $5 million to Brock University to help create a new Integrated Engineering Department at the university. The donation also included a dedicated scholarship for women in STEM, which encourages young females to study science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Youth Award Winner - Mackenzie Agretto (Niagara Falls)

    Mackenzie Agretto

    Mackenzie Agretto was recognized for her role as an advocate for inclusivity.

    In addition to her volunteer work with Autism Ontario, she is actively involved in promoting awareness and raising funds for many worthwhile organizations.

    Mackenzie spearheaded an initiative to organize a formal "prom" for special education students enrolled in secondary schools across the Niagara Catholic District School Board to help ensure that all students would have the same opportunity to experience this special celebration.

  • Individual Award Winner - Janice Ford-Spencer (St. Catharines)
    Janice Ford-Spencer

    Janice Ford-Spencer was recognized for her volunteer initiative "Stockings of Love" which makes sure that area seniors living alone or in long-term care homes never feel "forgotten" at Christmas time.

    Over the past five holiday seasons, Janice and her team of volunteer 'elves' have assembled and distributed stuffed stockings full of gifts to thousands of lonely seniors to help brighten spirits and share the feeling of joy and belonging.

  • Non-Profit Award Winner - Tomorrow's Voices Children's Choir (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
    Tomorrow's Voices Children's Choir

    Recognized for its commitment to inclusivity, Tomorrow's Voices is a barrier-free, non-profit choir for children who love to sing for the sheer joy of it.

    Tomorrow's Voices gives children ages 8-18 from under-served communities the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge, sing their hearts out, and perform on stage without requiring them to audition or pay a fee to participate.

  • Business Award Winner - General Motors St. Catharines (St. Catharines)
    General Motors St. Catharines Propulsion Plant sign

    General Motors was recognized for its exceptional and impressive workplace culture focused upon volunteerism and community involvement.

    Through both its employee-lead fundraising and corporate giving programs, General Motors St. Catharines generously contributed more than $258,000 to worthwhile organizations in Niagara during 2022.

Past winners

  • 2022

    Community Leader Award

    • Chris Sinclair and Adam Shields

    Youth Award Winner

    • Katie-Ann Wolfenberg

    Individual Award Winner

    • Bob and Louise Montgomery

    Non-Profit Award Winner

    • Zonta Club of St. Catharines

    Business Award Winner

    • BTO Performance
  • 2021

    Community Leader Award

    • Tom Rankin

    Youth Award Winner

    • Anisha O'Brien

    Individual Award Winner

    • Justin Preston
    • Natasha Bell
    • Amanda Cote

    Non-Profit Award Winner

    • Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 613

    Business Award Winner

    • Dillon's Small Batch Distillers
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