Canadians nominated and voted for those who make a difference
TORONTO, May 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Post Shreddies, a brand passionate about celebrating the goodness found in Canadians coast to coast, announced the top 10 finalists in the "Search for Goodness". The national search asked Canadians to nominate and vote for the people they believe should be recognized for their selfless commitment to their community. With over 160 nominations and 42,687 total votes, the 10 nominees with the most votes have been selected to be one of the top 10 finalists.
"The response to this year's "Search for Goodness" has been incredible," says Amy Bernstein, Senior Product Manager of Shreddies & Shredded Wheat, Post Foods Canada Inc. "Post Shreddies believes this country is full of genuinely good people and we are thrilled that Canadians agree. There are so many inspiring stories from across the country, and the finalists deserve to be recognized."
The nationwide "Search for Goodness" launched in March, and Canadians had until May 10 to nominate someone they know who goes above and beyond within their community. Once the nominations started coming in people were able to vote for their favourite story once a day. The stories with the most votes made the top 10 finalists.
The top 10 "Search for Goodness" finalists, in no particular order are:
- Angel Magnussen, Port Alberni, BC – Angel is an incredibly accomplished 19 year old, whose mission is to help sick kids. At a young age, she created Hugginz by Angel, a non-profit, where she sews blankets for critically ill and special needs kids across Canada. Through Hugginz, she also raises money for charities and families across Canada.
- Audrey Wemigwans, Wikwemikong, ON – Wherever help is needed in Wikwemikong, BC, you'll find Audrey. Audrey provides her community with support, and brings them together in times of need. Currently, she volunteers for the local church group, and has been called an ambassador for her region.
- Erica Tomlinson, Woodstock, ON – Erica is a strong and brave young woman. At the age of 21, she donated 70 per cent of her liver to her next-door neighbour. Since then, Erica has been a strong advocate for organ donor awareness through her Facebook page, Liver Next Door, and has raised more than $5,000 for the Toronto General Hospital Liver Transplant Clinic.
- Clayton Clysdale, Moose Jaw, SK – Clayton defines what it means to be a Good Samaritan. Clayton, a father of two girls, started a Facebook page titled 1000 Good Deeds Wolf Style, where he's committed to completing 1000 acts of kindness. Clayton hopes his mission will inspire others to perform good deeds as well.
- Horace Ratt, Prince Albert, SK – Constable Horace of the Prince Albert Police Service uses his spare time as an opportunity to help out around the community. Recently, on one of his lunch breaks, he removed graffiti from a war memorial at City Hall. Horace has also helped victims of theft in the community, by replacing stolen Christmas gifts and donation funds.
- Liam Ma, Milton, ON – Liam's reach goes beyond his community. This year, he launched a website called IronTalk, an online community for those dealing with mental health. The goal of IronTalk is to promote an open and honest conversation about mental health. Ultimately, Liam hopes to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
- Mike Strange, Niagara Falls, ON – Mike has found a way to combine his love for boxing, running and helping others. Mike traded in his boxing gloves for running shoes and started the Boxrun "Running for the Fight". The run aims to raise awareness and funds to knockout childhood cancer. To date, they've raised over $200,000.
- Mirella Montgomery, Calgary, AB – A former grade school counsellor and animal lover, Mirella realizes that animals help make lives better. Mirella has dedicated her life to help save animals through hands-on rescues, and establishing a charitable foundation.
- Pam Huson, Beamsville, ON – Pam is a palliative nurse by day, and an animal helper by night. In her limited free time, she created a network of volunteer foster homes to help look after animals until she can find them permanent homes. Pam also organizes fundraisers to help subsidize surgeries for foster animals.
- Yves Boucher, Toronto, ON – Despite having stage-three terminal brain cancer, Yves has chosen to be defined by his deeds, not his diagnosis. Currently, he volunteers for two programs at Gilda's Club of Greater Toronto, a program of social and emotional support that benefits anyone living with cancer, and volunteers at St. John's Ambulance along with his therapy dog, Betty.
From the 10 finalists, the winner will be selected by a panel of judges after carefully reviewing each entry in accordance with the judging criteria as set out in the rules and regulations. Once finalized as a winner, the winning story will be announced on searchforgoodness.ca in July 2015, and shared in a Shreddies' advertisement.
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