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Community builders

Apr 23, 2010


Volunteer Hamilton's premier event is aptly named. The annual Community Builders Breakfast is known for honouring remarkable citizens, and this year's was no exception.

The first winner of The Spectator's SpecKids Unlimited Award, Mannat Malik, leads Hillfield Strathallan College's partnership with SISO in which she and other students help new arrivals learn English and learn how best to adjust to Canada. Malik is a community role model at just 18. She deserves congratulations, as does Wesley Urban Ministries executive director Paul Johnson, honoured with the first alumni award from the Bay Area Leadership Alumni Council. Johnson not only runs Wesley, but he was also a key player launching the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, the Best Start Network and the hugely successful emergency shelter transitions program, to name just a few of his contributions. Hamilton is a better place for the work of Malik and Johnson. We need more like them.

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Did you know?

More than 26 per cent of Hamilton children under the age of six live in poverty.


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