11 Londoners recognized by the mayor for having “improved our community”

Mandi Fields generally likes to “avoid” any form of recognition for all the community work she does in London, Ontario.

However, she appreciated the call from London, Ontario. Mayor Ed Holder who named her one of the 2022 Distinguished Londoners on the annual New Year’s Mayors List.

“It’s an honor and so many people in this community are doing such a good job, so it’s nice,” said Fields, the Brand Partnerships Specialist at Bell Media.

Fields started Tampon Tuesday in 2009 and plays an important role in many other campaigns in London.

In 2021, she helped launch the Imagine Build campaign to build accessible and affordable housing in partnership with Oneida Nation of the Thames.

“I am very happy to be working alongside Chef Adrian Chris John on this partnership,” said Fields. “I believe we have a collective awakening in our community, not just in London, but in Canada. Reconciliation is a journey for all Canadians. I am delighted that Imagine Build is getting some recognition and people hopefully want it. , be a part of it and work with Oneida Nation of the Thames. “

Each year, the Mayor of London selects 11 Londoners for the annual New Year’s Roll of Honor which celebrates members of the community for their achievements.

“In a time when we could all do with a little inspiration, as well as examples of resilience, dedication and perseverance, there is no need to look any further than the Londoners recognized as part of this list. “Holder said in a press release.

“Each of them has made our community better, while serving as brilliant role models during a very trying year. They are a reminder to all Londoners of what can be achieved when we dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of excellence with as much dignity as grace. It is a sincere honor for me to celebrate these people by virtue of this recognition. “Mario Circelli has been recognized for his contribution to the London music scene.

“It’s an honor of humility because there are people on this list who do very serious work like accessibility, heritage, housing and crime, you know these are real, serious issues. kitchen table, and I’m just following my passion, ”Circelli said. , founding president of the Forest City London Music Awards.

Circelli says the past two years have been difficult for many musicians with restrictions and cancellations like the New Years Eve show at Victoria Park.

“There are a lot of musicians who wonder why they are doing what they are doing? Or how they can manage to keep doing what they are doing? So the satisfaction for me is to honor, to support and to encourage these musicians continue to create the soundtrack.from London, Ontario. Maggie Mac Neil waves her Tokyo Games medals at home in London, Ont. Tuesday, August 5, 2021 (Brent Lale / CTV News)Maggie Mac Neil was honored in the sports category after a dominant 2021 season.

She was named a female Olympic Games athlete after winning three medals and this month broke world records on her way to four gold at the FINA World Championships in Abu Dhabi.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized,” Mac Neil told CTV News on Saturday. “I am so proud to be from London and to represent it on the international stage. Especially in such a difficult year for the athletes, I hope we have given the community something to look forward to. could feel their support from Tokyo and we are so grateful! ”

The 2022 winners are:

  • Hayley Gardiner – Accessibility
  • Patricia Hoffer – Arts
  • Mario Circelli – Distinguished Londoner
  • Mike Evans – Distinguished Londoner
  • Mandi Fields – Distinguished Londoner
  • Joyce E. Larsh – Distinguished Londoner
  • Mary Anne Hodge – Environment
  • Dorothy Palmer – Heritage
  • Robert Sexsmith – Housing
  • Kait Symonds – Security and Crime Prevention
  • Maggie Mac Neil – Sports

The London Mayor’s Annual Honor List began in 1976 with recognition of contributions to the arts.

Since 1989, the additional categories of diversity and race relations; The environment; Heritage; Lodging; Humanitarian; People with Disabilities; Security and crime prevention; Accessibility; Age Friendly and Sports have been added.

Recipients are appointed by city council on the recommendation of advisory committees or community organizations, through the city’s standing committees.

In 2019, City Council added a “Distinguished Londoner” category, intended to recognize up to four individuals who have made outstanding contributions to community collaboration or acts of goodwill by giving back to our city.

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