T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award

T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.

In memory of the late Councillor T. Roy Adams, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy's values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life.

Nominations are closed for the 2017 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award.

2016 Winner: Paul Turner

Paul Turner, recipient of the 2016 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award with Regional Chair Alan Caslin

Paul Turner, recipient of the 2016 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award with Councillor Tim Rigby and Regional Chair Alan Caslin

Paul has contributed to enriching the lives of others by volunteering his time to many organizations in Welland, the Niagara region and abroad.

  • He is the chairman of Strategies to End Poverty Niagara, an advisory committee on poverty to City of Welland council. Affordable housing has become one of its chief concerns.
  • He organized the kNOw Poverty social justice / political action group focusing on and improving the dignity of people living on the margins
  • Paul is a long-time board member of Hope Centre, heading up key events like the annual Christmas dinner for the needy and the Julia's Hope Cup fundraiser.
  • He travelled to India to experience poverty there and gain first-hand knowledge about conditions in that country
  • He co-ordinated the annual Notre Dame Pilgrimage Walk for more than twenty years which raises awareness and motivates students to become involved in Developing World causes
  • Paul volunteered to head up the committee when St. Kevin's in Welland decided to sponsor Syrian refugee families

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