Jul 02, 2018 | Kristen Watkins | 7 views
Kingston JRs Founder Recognized
The City of Kingston will recognize outstanding contributions made by residents to the community this year at the Canada Day Civic Ceremony at 12 p.m. on Monday, Jul. 1, 2019 on the steps of City Hall. Awards given for dedicated efforts that positively impact the lives of Kingstonians include the Distinguished Citizen award, the First Capital Honourable Achievement Awards, and the Mayor’s Award For Youth Volunteerism.
DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARDThe 2019 Distinguished Citizen award goes to Patrick Murphy. Nicknamed ‘Mr. Kingston,’ Murphy has a long record of volunteerism and “never stops giving,” according to his nominator. Through hockey and golf tournaments, speaker series and even singing in the band 80s Enuff, Murphy has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Club, Movember, and the Secura Wish Foundation (created by Secura Financial), which funds live experiences for kids in challenging situations. His volunteer contributions to United Way have helped the organization raise millions of dollars for community initiatives. Additionally, Murphy co-founded the Junior Ice Wolves, served as head coach for the Greater Kingston Girls Hockey Association, and is a past committee member for the FebFest Limestone Classic. Murphy is also a past president of the St. Lawrence College Alumni Association, a founding member of SPEAKingston, and a 30-year Knight of Columbus. “Pat never questions whether or not to get involved,” said his nominator. “If he thinks he can help – he does. It isn’t even a decision that he makes – but more of a natural reflex that is ingrained within.”