The YMCA awarded the Ontario Peace Medals to Kevin Allen and Myles Vanni of Sarnia.
The honor is bestowed on individuals or groups who demonstrate a commitment to the values of peace through contributions to their local, national or global community.
Allen, a local chef, started cooking and delivering free meals to seniors after the pandemic began. Volunteers joined us and the group – Sarnia Blessings – provided over 45,000 meals to seniors and vulnerable residents in the space of one year.
“He goes above and beyond to bring comfort and support to those in need,” the agency said. “Kevin’s engagement and coordination with local churches, service groups, businesses, individuals and volunteers at Sarnia Blessings is inspiring.
Myles Vanni was recognized for his work as the supervisor of seven teams of young scouts undertaking international community development projects.
“The results of the projects provided young people with leadership skills and lasting change in the communities they visited, including building a hurricane shelter and medical clinic in Belize and working on water wells in Belize. Uganda, ”the agency noted.
“Myles supports local students by facilitating exchange opportunities and has hosted international students from many countries.
“Making connections from far and near takes effort and dedication, which Myles was able to achieve. “