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UPDATED - First-ever Family Advocacy Award announced

Published by John Suart on Feb 13, 2014

Newburgh Community Christmas Concert selected for their work buying toys for kids in need

Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has chosen Newburgh Community Christmas Concert as the first-ever recipient of its annual Family Advocacy Award. 

Award winners

The award recognizes the work of an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of families in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, either currently or in the recent past. Nominees were selected for activities that made the lives of families better, including advocating for families and/or helping the agency do its work, either directly or indirectly. Ten people and organizations were nominated by Family and Children’s Services with staff, board members and volunteers picking the winner. 

“On Family Day, we wanted to recognize the amazing work that is helping families across our region. There are more than 52,000 families in our area. At one point in time, almost every family needs support of one kind or another. We hope this award will allow people to give thanks for the many individuals and organizations that help our families and our community,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. 

Newburgh Community Christmas Concert was selected as this year’s recipient because of their work in helping children at Christmas. For more than 30 years, the community group has been putting on annual Christmas concerts to raise money for local families in need. Last Christmas, they raised more than $10,000 to help buy Christmas gifts for 150 children and youth through Family and Children’s Services. 

“We are pleased to accept this award. Our success in raising money for these families is really due to the generosity of the community,” said Concert group spokesperson Mary Anne Wood.

“On Family Day, please join us in remembering the people who help keep families safe and strong. We want to thank all of our staff, foster parents and volunteers for their work keeping families together and preventing child abuse and neglect,” said Woodman.