Durham for 150

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, what better way to celebrate our country than to give something back?

150 years. 150 ways to serve our community. #DurhamFor150

This year, in celebration of our country's sesquicentennial, I invited people to nominate members of the Durham community - individuals, organizations, businesses and non-profits - who have demonstrated exceptional acts of community service. I encouraged everyone to shout out what makes you proud or happy to live in this exceptional place by sharing messages and photos on social media using the #DurhamFor150 hashtag.


The campaign was a success and with consultation from community leaders, we were able to select  150 recipients to receive the Canada DurhamFor150 Award. Representing a cross-section of the 150 recipients, on Thursday November 16th, 2017 a combination of forty individuals, businesses and organizations were honoured in Bowmanville and a #DurhamFor150 video was launched.    Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone and congratulations to all the recipients. The remaining recipients will be contacted and invited to an Open House later this year to receive their awards.


Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178, Bowmanville ~ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 419, Port Perry ~ Big Brothers Big Sisters Clarington Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham ~ Rotary Club of Bowmanville Rotary Club of Port Perry ~ Rotary Club of Courtice Lions Club of Bowmanville ~ Blackstock Cartwright Lions Club Greenbank Lions Club ~ Lions Club of Courtice Port Perry Lions Club ~ Bowmanville Older Adults Association Volunteers ~ Marilyn Morawetz ~ Rosemary McConkey ~ Craig Ryan ~ Koren Kassirer Tanja Courtney ~ Courtice Santa Claus Parade Committee ~ Courtice Concert in the Park ~ Brian Colville ~ Darryl Rancourt ~ Windreach Farms ~ Sunrise Griddle ~ St. Joseph's Catholic Church Refugee Support Committee ~ Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home ~ Port Perry Refugee Support Group (Port Perry United Church, Emmanuel Community Church, Hope Church, Victory Christian Centre, New Song Church) ~ VOS' Your Independent Grocer ~ Meghan Patrick ~ Justin Barry Optical ~ Enniskillen General Store ~ Ranfar Steel ~ Miche Canada ~ Gay Company Ltd. ~ Hannu & Karen Halminen ~ Rosario Greco Styles ~ Pineridge Impress ~ West Bowmanville Family Dental ~ Langley Utilities Contracting ~ Boyle Excavating Ltd. ~ Curves Bowmanville ~ Rekkers Gardens ~ KCC Gourmet Catering ~ Durham East 4-H ~ Compton Communications ~ Kylie's Lemonaid Stand ~ Franco Scanga ~ Cecile Bowers ~ Frances & Bill Huether ~ Judy Anderson ~ Brenda Metcalf ~ Don & Gail Rickard ~ Marlene Werry ~ Karen Bastas ~ Carey Gallant ~ Anna Twohey ~ Shari Smith (Bown) ~ Susie Bollon-Parkinson ~ Knox Farm Family ~ John Greenfield ~ Victoria Leask ~ Kent Farndale ~ Joyce Kelly ~ Catherine Whittle ~ Gabrielle Carrier ~ Jason Irani ~ Sam Norwood ~ Jack Hartwell ~ Team Chelsea Lost Pet Search Group ~ Elizabeth McArthur ~ Mary Tillcock ~ Tori Kay ~ Hoopers Jewellers ~ Isia Yeo ~ Michelle McKelvie ~ 1st Port Perry Scouts ~ Wilmot Creek Knitters ~ Bryan & Amanda Bickell ~ Ginger Jackson ~ Bowmanville Hospital Foundation ~ Port Perry Hospital Foundation ~ Hope Fellowship Christian Reform Church Refugee Support Group, Courtice ~ Anglican Church - Ascension ~ Blackstock-Nestleton United Church ~ Bowmanville Baptist Church ~ Columbus United Church ~ Embassy Of The Kingdom Of God ~ Emmanuel Community Church ~ Faith United ~ Greenbank United Church ~ Hope Christian Reformed Church, Port Perry ~ St. Joseph's Catholic Church ~ Port Perry Baptist Church ~ Rehoboth Christian Reformed ~ St. Paul's United Church ~ St. Therese Roman Catholic ~ Trinity United Church ~ Bethesda House ~ Block Parent Organization ~ Catholic Family Svc-Durham ~ Christian Horizons ~ Christian Horizons House ~ Clarington Board of Trade ~ For The Love Of A Child ~ John Howard Society of Ontario ~ Masonic Lodge, Bowmanville ~ Oshawa Seniors Citizens Centre ~ Operation Scugog Food Bank ~ Port Perry YMCA Community Programs ~ Salvation Army, Bowmanville ~ Salvation Army Thrift Store ~ Scouts Canada ~ Scugog Heritage Centre & Archives ~ Scugog Memorial Public Library ~ Scugog Seniors Advisory ~ Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, Bowmanville ~ St. Vincent De Paul, Bowmanville ~ St. Vincent De Paul, Courtice ~ Wilmot Creek Woodworkers Club ~ Algoma Orchards ~ Community Care Volunteers, Bowmanville ~ Community Care Volunteers, North Scugog ~ #41 Port Perry H.S. Army Cadets ~ 172 Clarington Squadron (Air) Cadets ~ Port Perry Fair Board ~ Blackstock Fair Board ~ Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade Committee ~ Port Perry Santa Claus Parade Committee ~ Scugog Lake Stewards ~ BIA Bowmanville ~ BIA Port Perry ~ Durham Regional Police Association ~ Clarington Fire Fighters Association ~ Oshawa and District Shrine Club ~ Joe Beshara ~ (Bob) Robert James Hackett ~ Bill Colville ~ Travis Robbins ~ The Coroghly Family - Fish4Charity Bass Tournament ~ Marg Maskell ~ Tish MacDonald ~ Amanda & Bryan Bickell

Shout Out the Community Builders

  • Coaches, teachers, volunteers who donate countless hours to improving the lives and the places throughout Durham
  • Tell us about them, be sure to snap their pic and remember to use the hashtag #DurhamFor150

Share & Spread the Word:

  • This is a community based, pay-it-forward initiative. Have fun with it!
  • Be sure to share the #Durhamfor150 project with your friends, family, service clubs and teams
  • Don’t be shy - we want to hear about all the little to big things that the People, Places & Events are doing to build our community
  • Organize an event with others to have an even bigger impact!

Some Ideas to Pay It Forward (can you commit to 150?):

  • Drop some coins in someone’s expired parking meter
  • Pay for someone’s Timmy coffee in the drive-thru behind you
  • Organize a group to clean up some litter at the park
  • Knock on a senior’s door in your neighbourhood and offer to cut their lawn
  • Volunteer at an event or at a local not-for-profit organization
  • Give blood

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