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Municipal Awards

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2019 Municipal Award Recipients

The red carpet was rolled out on April 9, 2019 for the 29th Annual Town of Paradise Municipal Awards. Held to celebrate Volunteer Week, the Awards recognized and acknowledged the Town’s most outstanding residents, groups and businesses in the areas of athleticism, volunteerism, and businesses excellence. 

The recipients of the 2019 Municipal Awards are:

Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Carter Hemeon-Gill
Carter Hemeon-Gill is a soccer and rugby player who is plays on his high school and provincial teams. In soccer, he was part of the provincial team playing at Atlantics in Halifax and his high school team was a regional winner. On the rugby field, his high school team won provincials and he is a starter with The Rock. Off the sports fields, Carter is an active community volunteer. After recovering from a traumatic, life-threatening incident at the CBS Soccer field, which almost ended his athletic career, Carter wanted to give back. Blood donations were instrumental in saving his life, so he is dedicated to the Give Red for Green Blood Donation Clinic. He is actively fundraises for the cause and recruits new donors from his high school.
Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Katie Slaney
Katie Slaney is a Grade 8 honours student at Mount Pearl Intermediate who skates with Mount Pearl-Paradise Skating Club. Katie was selected to attend the Skate Canada Performance Seminars at Mount Pearl, Torbay and Toronto. She was also selected for the provincial team for a Skate Canada competition in Alberta and is a recipient of the Rebecca Park Memorial Award which is given to someone who “demonstrates tenacity, love of skating and good sportsmanship.” When Katie is not training herself, she is a program assistant with her skating club where she gives of her time to help younger skaters develop their skills.
Male Athlete of the Year: Chris Cox
Chris Cox is described as a superb athlete who excels at running and hockey. However, he faces a challenge many others don’t. Several years ago, due to genetic history, Chris had a complete gastrectomy. Due to this surgery, he is unable to train and “carb-load” the way typical distance runners can. However, despite this, Chris registered for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. He developed a running plan and finished it with a time pf 3:23:51 which surpassed the Boston Marathon Qualifying Standard for his age group. He also placed fourth in his age group at the annual Tely 10 Road Race. Running is not his only sport, Chris is quite active in local hockey community, playing in multiple recreational leagues and a championship travel team. However, despite all his personal accomplishments, when asked about his sporting involvement, Chris always says the highlight is being able to run with and coach his kids for local road races and hockey teams.
Female Athlete of the Year: Amanda Tippett
Amanda Tippett is a mother of two young children and her husband battles health challenges, yet she is described always having a positive attitude and offering words of advice and encouragement to others. Amanda placed 10th overall in the Toyota Plaza Road Racing Series, completing seven races last year including a half marathon. She is a volunteer with the Paradise Running Club and always finds time to run with others and support them in their training. Amanda also participants in 709 Roller Derby organization as a member of the Neversweets team where she was named Best Jammer for 2018.
Coach of the Year: Jay Neville
Jay Neville is a C License trained coach with the CBS Soccer Club who is described as “a dedicated volunteer who brings out the best of people around him. His enthusiasm for the sport and for coaching is obvious.”  His teams won gold at the annual SunSplash Tournament and at the Premier League and played at the 2018 Toyota Nationals Club Competition in Quebec.  Jay also serves as Director of Coaching and Allstars with the CBS Soccer Club.  As coach he is known for using classroom sessions and videos in addition to field time and always has inspirational words for the players. He tells his players to not be afraid of failing because learning from the mistakes is the path to success. Jay is a proud father of four soccer-playing daughters and when is not having a kick with one of them, he can be found volunteering his time on coaching or working with the CBS Soccer Club.
Volunteer Group of the Year: Kin Club of Paradise
The Kin Club of Paradise displays outstanding leadership, community values, and a tireless effort to be an integral part of the community. The Club is regularly involved in many Town events including Snow and Ice, SunSplash, and the annual Christmas Parade. Last year, through its fundraising efforts, the Club supported hamper donations, school supply drives, and Day of Kindness initiatives such as Pay for Hospital Parking. The groups also delivered talks to kids in the community about volunteering and participated in Coats for Kids. Throughout the year, the Kin Club and its members volunteer for events, celebrations, meetings and answer the call when a community member needs help.
Volunteer of the Year: Tara Lynch
Tara Lynch is described as a great asset to the Town of Paradise whose volunteer commitments make the Town a great place to live and raise young families. While juggling a full-time career and a young family, Tara finds time to volunteer and support several organizations. She is a chair of the School Council at Ecole Holy Family, volunteer with Holy Family Parish, and leader for the Basketball Program at Holy Family School. She also serves as an executive on the Paradise Minor Hockey Association and the Mount Pearl Paradise Figure Skating Association. Never one to want attention herself, Tara is always quick to recognize the accomplishments of others and to be the team player to jump in and help whenever and however she can. She works tirelessly to contribute to the community of Paradise and its young people.
Youth of the Year: Dylan Applin
Dylan Applin is an honours student who is a dedicated air cadet actively involved with the 905 Viking Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. He takes every opportunity he can to to offer his time for an event. Last year he attended the Snow and Ice Goods Bingo, the Sunsplash Closing Ceremonies, the Girl Guide Haunted House and the Guy Fawkes Night. Dylan has attained the rank of sergeant and has been accepted into the glider program. He also helps command the junior drill movement and cadet band. Despite the demands of school and his high school rugby team, this cadet is always the first to volunteer for the needs of his squadron. Within the squadron Dylan does his part in helping anyone who needs it from assisting the younger cadets with their uniform to commanding a junior team. He also encourages the entire squadron to do their best and really gives back to the program
Citizen of the Year: Ches Pike 
Ches Pike was the catalyst in forming the Paradise Centennial Lions Club. He researched the process for establishing a new club, liaised with Lions International, found a sponsoring club, and led the membership drive. Because of his hard work, dedication, and tireless effort the Town has a Lions Club once again. In its inaugural year, the Club has supported Town events, held food drives, sponsored families at Christmas and held fundraising events which enabled it to help other organizations. For all his hard work, this Ches was also named Lion of the Year.
Property Pride: The Headquarters Salon
The Headquarters Salon is a new business in Paradise which opened last spring and transformed its location.The company took an older building that had ventilation issues and remodelled it into a modern facility with a clean, attractive, friendly and relaxing environment with working ventilation. Home to a staff of nine people, every design choice was carefully selected to benefit employees, customers and neighbours in the area. For example, cork was installed under the flooring to assist with staff fatigue from standing while the outside signage was designed to reduce harsh lightening for nearby residents. The accessible remodelled space allows clients to enter and move around the premises easily, yet maintains the needed atmospheres for each part of the operations. The Headquarters Salon also believes strongly in giving back to the community hosting fundraisers, hosting special days and offering special discount days.
Business Excellence: Sobeys Paradise
Paradise Sobeys has been open for less than four years but is ranked number two in sales within its corporation. There are currently employ over 140 employees, many of which are students from the Paradise area. All employees are encouraged to live the company Core Values and there is a Value Champ Program in place to recognize employees for the things they do. Last year, this location received several accolades including the Hero's Challenge for raising the highest amount for Children's Wish in 2018 and the Human Sigma 6 which is highest achievable award from Gallup Surveys & Food Safety Excellence from Sobeys Atlantic. Sobeys Paradise is committed to the Town in which it operates.  Through the help of their customers and employees, the location donated over $30,000 to local charities in 2018. It started a Food Rescue Program and donates food daily to the Community Food Bank. Sobeys Paradise also volunteers at the schools in Paradise teaching kids the importance of nutrition and how fun eating healthy foods can be.