Your Local News

in Chatsworth, Grey Highlands, Southgate, West Grey

The Village Banner ad
Grey County Reads
Annesley Events

November 20, 2023

JunCtian Community Initiatives honours community leaders for International Men's Day

JCI International Men's Day Award recipients

Award recipients photo (top): Award recipients gathered for a group photo. Names and categories below.
JCI Team photo (bottom) from left to right: Carolyn Dyer, Deedra Watson, Craig Watson, Joan John (Founder), Brenda Stewart, MacKenzie Campbell, Pam Burgess, Don Parchment, Cedenia Flake, Robert Troche.

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — JunCtian Community Initiatives (JCI) celebrated International Men's Day by acknowledging men in the community who exemplify leadership and commitment to the residents of South Grey through their volunteer efforts for at least three years. The Award of Excellence Gala took place on November 18 at the Dundalk Legion with a formal dinner and entertainment by the Midnight Special Band.

Sponsors for the evening were Dundalk Foodland, Tim Horton's, Dundalk Credit Union, Lorenzo Reyes/Dundalk Esso, and Intact Insurance. The meal was catered by Jamaica House Kitchen and JCI Board Member Mohanie Harripaul.

Nominees by category:

Excellence in Humanities (presenter Carolyn Dyer)
Recognizing outstanding community engagements through various humanitarian endeavors.

  • Nashaunn Ali
  • Charles Fernandes
  • Jermaine Peddie
  • Paul Stewart

Excellence in Arts and Media (presenter Mary Redmond)
Recognizing excellence through arts and media and celebrating the achievements of the creative community.

  • Ron Barnett
  • John Butler
  • Dorn Greenwood
  • Wayman Hackley

Excellence in Business (presenter Alethia Stephenson O'Hara)

Recognizing businesses that demonstrate an approach to community well-being as a whole.

  • Dale Pallister, Pallister Farms
  • Matthew Pittock, Country Woodwork
  • Lorenzo Reyes, Esso Dundalk
  • Paul VanAlstine, VanAlstine Automotive

Excellence in Public Service (presenter Rasheen Oliver)

Demonstrated commitment to South Grey residents with the highest standard of conduct and social responsibility within the community.

  • Murray Calder
  • Avion Campbell
  • Micheael Sherson

Excellence in Community Service (presenter Doneika Parchment)

Recognizing excellence in volunteer work with charitable, nonprofit, community, church or similar organizations within the community.

  • Ted Acheson
  • Neil Aitken
  • Don Black
  • Paul Redmond

Excellence in Community Outreach (presenter Bonnie Black)

Recognizing outstanding individuals who volunteer to improve the health and wellness of individuals within the community.

  • Khristopher Hines
  • Gerry McNalty
  • Mark Nicholls
  • Joel Pennant

Excellence in Leadership and Inspiration (presenter Alicia Ali)

Recognizing individuals who are working to improve and promote healthy communities.

  • Ethan Henry
  • Rev. Wayne A Lewis
  • Jaykob Thompson

Men of JCI Boards and Programs (presenter Brenda Stewart)

  • Don Parchment - Legal and Youth Engagement
  • Mackenzie Campbell - Community Advocate
  • Craig Watson - Youth Engagement
  • Robert Torch - Skilled Trades Director

JCI Advocacy Volunteers (presenter Joan John)

  • Junior Bagal
  • Allen Dobreen
  • Indy Harripaul
  • Bob Silverton
  • Tarik Woodley

A Blossom

A Blossom performed I'll Be There, a fitting song for the occasion.

Midnight Special Band

Mindnight Special rocked the evening after formal ceremonies.


At South Grey News, we endeavour to bring you truthful and factual, up-to-date local community news in a quick and easy-to-digest format that’s free of political bias. We believe this service is more important today than ever before, as social media has given rise to misinformation, largely unchecked by big corporations who put profits ahead of their responsibilities.

South Grey News does not have the resources of a big corporation. We are a small, locally owned-and-operated organization. Research, analysis and physical attendance at public meetings and community events requires considerable effort. But contributions from readers and advertisers, however big or small, go a long way to helping us deliver positive, open and honest journalism for this community.

Please consider supporting South Grey News with a donation in lieu of a subscription fee and let us know that our efforts are appreciated. Thank you. subscribe tower ad Abbeyfield House - Durham Open House Grey County Libraries Powerful Machines
Grey Bruce Animal Shelter Bernard's quality cars ad click for inventory. Grey Highlands Library: Hiring CEO/Librarian Home-Based Childcare Provider Info Session Canadian Anti Fraud Centre ad Forests Ontario ad Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce Your ad her $59/week Grey Bruce the women's centre MADD Canada Donate to Canadian Red Cross Barbara Pearn Artist