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.


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

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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