On September 15th at Chudleigh’s farm in Milton the Milton Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony for the 2020 Community winners. The awards celebrate excellence in Milton and with the challenges people and businesses have been facing this past year it’s even more important to recognize success & perseverance. It was an elegant but socially distanced event with a small number of people keeping within covid19 limitations.

Cheryl Miller – Not For Profit

Cheryl Miller accepted the Not For Profit of the year award for the Lunchbox Café. The Café is active in supporting the community through programs such as: Pack-a-Bag for a Friend Foundation; Rotary Club of Milton; Habitat for Humanity; and the Milton Film Festival. Co-op options are available for Halton students looking to be involved in the Café. The café is open to the public and carries on a catering business. They also serve as a unique training centre where adults with developmental disabilities volunteer and learn hands-on skills such as cooking, cleaning, food prep, and serving customers.

Brandon Parkes

Businessperson of the Year. Brandon believes almost everyone has untapped energy in them. That’s why he believes in raising his own capacity and doing more. His energy has been used in his involvement with the United Way and the Milton Chamber, including a leadership role in the Milton Young Professionals. A large amount of Brandon’s time, money and resources are focused on Food4Kids Halton.

Melani Bastians

Citizen of the Year. The local owner of Caribbean Vibes and The Green Eatery restaurants, Melani started an initiative which takes rescued food from community partners and cooks hot meals with the local volunteers. No One Goes Hungry has grown exponentially in the past 5 months, feeding over 14,517 meals from July 2020 until the end of March 2021… and so many more by now! Her goals are to work with different business owners in Halton to get Halton Hunger free in the next few years, and to provide food education to families to get them food secure. Also, at Caribbean Vibes, Melani has a community fridge. Any time the restaurant is open, ANYONE can come get a bag of fresh produce, frozen meals, meats, dairy, and bread. Melani is the bridge to her fellow Miltonians.

Joyce Hagevik

Volunteers of the Year: Kim Macdonald & Ed Miedzybrocki Kim and Ed are not only Scout leaders in Milton, but also have been very involved in School Parents Councils, the Milton Optimist Club, Milton Santa Claus Parade, the Milton Haunted House and Deborah’s House where Ed is the Chair of the Board. Without their volunteer hours in these organizations, many would not be able to operate.

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