MONCTON, NB, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Atlantic Canadians are known as
caring and compassionate people and never was that more in evidence
than the Celebrate Atlantic Canadians contest held recently by Majesta
household paper products.
"We were overwhelmed by the quality of the people who were nominated and
the number of ways they give back to their communities, to their
provinces and to the entire region," according to Wendy White, Brand
Manager for Majesta.
"Majesta is a quality tissue product made by and for Atlantic Canadians
and for that reason we wanted to celebrate the spirit of all Atlantic
Canadians by recognizing those who are truly making a difference in
their local community."
A panel of judges identified five Atlantic Canadians they believe are
making a difference to the lives of others. These five are:
Kim Harper-Given of Halifax, NS, a woman who has shown great dedication
to her community. Kim volunteers at a homeless shelter for those who
need a warm bed and a hearty meal. She also works at a women's shelter
where she serves to look after and comfort women and children at the
Cecile Beaton of New Glasgow, NS has a long history of community
volunteerism from scouts to minor hockey to the St. John Ambulance and
the Remembrance Day Poppy Campaign. She continues to be active in her
community as she heads into her 84th year.
Jim Hirtle of Moncton, NB, who volunteers tutoring kids, pastoring to
seniors and helping at his church. Jim volunteers at the Spencer
Nursing Home, plays piano or organ at different occasions and cleans
his church every week.
Denice Klavano of Middle Sackville, NS, who turned the loss of her son
into a campaign to promote organ and tissue donation. Due to her
passion, many individuals have signed their own donor cards and made
their families aware of their wishes.
Bonny Cross of Tancook Island, NS, who makes a difference volunteering
in many organizations in her community including for the local
emergency response team where she is a trained medical first responder.
She is a member of the board for the recreation association, a member
of the elementary school advisory council and a member of the Island
Each of these five will receive $1000, the recognition of being an
Atlantic Canadian who is making a difference and will be featured in
upcoming print ads. "These people are truly outstanding examples of
giving back and we are proud to celebrate them and their
accomplishments," Ms. White said.
In addition to the five individuals who the judges selected as making a
difference, one name was selected in a random draw to receive a $10,000
cash prize. Barry Mitchell of Margaretsville, NS is the grand prize
winner in the Celebrate Atlantic Canadians contest.
Judges for the contest were Tammy Davis, Executive Director of the
United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador; Marilyn Holm, Atlantic
Regional Manager of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Carol
Cottrill, Executive Director of the ALS Society of New Brunswick; Kris
O'Brien, President of the United Way of Prince Edward Island and Jim
Schedler, Vice President of Marketing Irving Consumer Products.
MAJESTA products are made in Atlantic Canada by Irving Tissue
Corporation, a member of the J.D. Irving, Limited family of companies
whose Canadian heritage dates back to 1882.
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