This year’s Carleton Place Community Builder Award was presented by Mayor Louis Antonakos to Doug Sneddon, who was recognized on March 28 both for his work to clean up the Mississippi River as well as lobbying for upgrades to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital.
“His actions over the years have clearly spoken louder than any words that I can express to you this evening,” said Antonakos, who spoke of Sneddon’s “selfless generosity” as well as “extraordinary effort in making Carleton Place a healthier and safer place to live.”
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Antonakos pointed to Sneddon’s singular 12-year effort to remove over 60 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste from the Mississippi River, “which means we have a much cleaner and safer river system running through the heart of our community.” Sneddon was also honoured for his participation in a five-year campaign to secure hospital upgrades, which ultimately led to the $8.7 million commitment by the provincial Ministry of Health to build a new 9,000-square-foot emergency room.
“Carleton Place and area is blessed to have so many dedicated volunteers and organizations that work tirelessly for the benefit of our residents,” Antonakos said, noting the award was created to “recognize an individual, group, or organization that has through outstanding voluntarism or exemplary action demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our community a better place. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building, or other exemplary achievements.”