Fawn Turner is a University of Guelph Ph.D. candidate in plant agriculture but this inspiring young woman’s story does not end with her academic achievements.
Her commitment to community service has won her a number of service awards: Dr William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Award, United Way Spirit Award, Beverly Mulkewich Leadership Award, and Rotarian Award to name just a few. She has volunteered with the United Way, Canadian Blood Services, Habitat for Humanity and was a Big Sister for 8 years mentoring a young girl from grade 5 through to High School graduation. Fawn was also a 2014 YM-YWCA Women of Distinction nominee.
Currently Fawn is VP External Relations of the Graduate Student Association, a director of the U of G’s Board of Governors and is chair of the City’s Transit Advisory Committee.
We are fortunate that Fawn chose the University of Guelph and thank her for her dedication to community service both on and off campus!
Like any new family, when the Muslim Society of Guelph (MSOG) moved into their new home on Water Street a few years ago, one of the first things they did (and continue to do) was to introduce themselves to neighbours and help build community.
Recently, Guelph was named the best city in Canada to be a new Canadian. We at City Hall would love to take all the credit, but truthfully, it is organizations like MSOG who do all the work to welcome and demonstrate the true meaning of inclusivity. One example of this is the MSOG Community BBQ and EID Mela celebration on Saturday, July 9 from 2 -7 pm, welcoming Muslims and non-Muslims to join together at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The MSOG is a key player in helping to facilitate the settlement of Syrian refugee families arriving to make Guelph their new home.
Muhammed Sayed, President of the MSOG, is a gracious host to all who visit and is highly respected beyond the Muslim community for building strong relationships with other faith leaders in Guelph. For their community actions and generosity of spirit, this week’s Ward 5 Heroes are the members of the Muslim Society of Guelph!
Wherever environmental sustainability is being discussed in Guelph you will find Evan Ferrari. Evan’s passion for environmental stewardship is exemplified in the leadership and advocacy roles he has played in wilderness protection, waste management, energy conservation and renewables. He is currently the Executive Director of eMERGE Guelph helping to connect citizens and organizations to innovative solutions to maximize resource efficiency and community well being. He is the recipient of Canada’s Governor General’s 124 award for his work on environmental initiatives. An avid canoeist, Evan has paddled from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean and organizes local canoeing adventures on the Eramosa/Speed Rivers- even canoe tobogganing. Thank you Evan for all of your efforts in building a more resilient and sustainable Guelph!
One of the many distinctive qualities of Ward 5 is our diversity. Our community is a balanced mix of families, seniors, and students. When students lack the necessary skills to be good neighbours, enter Kathryn Hofer.
Hofer is the Manager, Off-Campus Living at the University of Guelph. Her role often involves home visits to help students better understand the community impact of their behaviour. She also coordinates various programs designed to improve community relations such as Right Foot Forward (info packages for new residents) and Move-out Madness (disposal of large furniture). Hofer works closely with city officials, landlords and Guelph Police Service. She is the co-chair of the local chapter of Town and Gown Ontario and recently co-ordinated the provincial conference here in Guelph.
Kathryn is our hero for her work building positive and constructive relationships between students, neighbours and local community associations. It’s a tough job, and Kathryn does it all with a smile.