Mayor Jim Watson, with Osgoode Ward Councillor Doug Thompson, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Kay Johnston for her selfless volunteer work and many contributions to the community.

Ms. Johnston, who turned 80 in October, has been a resident advocate for more than 30 years volunteering at the Township of Osgoode Care Centre and involved in all aspects of fundraising at the Centre. She also volunteers with the Osgoode Home Support Program, making appointments, answering phones and driving patients to appointments.

Among other activities Ms. Johnston brings her energy and devotion to, she is Treasurer of the Catholic Women’s League and sits on the Parish Church Council Board. She is President of the Gloucester South Seniors Club and a member of Councillor Thompson’s Osgoode Ward Advisory Committee.

Kay Johnston has been a member of the Women’s Institute in Vernon for more than 60 years, she is a member of the Winchester Hospital Fundraising Board, a member of the Greely Friendship Club, volunteers at soup kitchens over the holidays and makes Christmas boxes to send to needy children. In her very little spare time, she enjoys a good game of cribbage.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created by Mayor Watson to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.