Regional Chair names five winners of 2022 Niagara Impact Awards


Published March 29, 2022 at 4:12 pm

Shown here with Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati in 2014, Katie-Ann Wolfenberg is now 16 years old and has been fundraising for all these years. This year, she won a Niagara Impact Award for her long-time public service. (Photo: Facebook)

In just its second year, the Niagara Impact Awards were announced today (March 29) by Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley.

Created to recognize individuals, non-profit organizations and private sector businesses who have gone above and beyond to improve the quality of life in Niagara, over 140 submitted nominations were received this year. The scope and scale of the nominations ranged from moving personal stories, to broad, region-wide examples of service.

“I was moved by the stories of sacrifice, generosity and innovation that were submitted by their friends, families, clients and customers of the nominees,” said Bradley.

“I want to congratulate all of the nominees who continue to make a positive impact across Niagara. Staying upbeat and positive was challenging in our recent past, and these nominees and winners should be proud of what they have done for our region and beyond.”

And so, the five Niagara Impact Awards were presented:
Community Leader Award
  • Chris Sinclair and Adam Shields (St. Catharines) – Nominated for their work in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Niagara Golf Marathon. Together, their volunteer efforts over the past 11 years have assisted many local charitable organizations and demonstrates their caring and leadership in action.
Individual Awards
  • Katie-Ann Wolfenberg – Youth Award (Niagara Falls) – As a 16-year-old, Katie-Ann received multiple nominations for her fundraising initiatives that serve as a model and inspiration in our community to inspire other young people to volunteer and contribute to society in meaningful ways.
  • Bob and Louise Montgomery (Niagara Falls) – Received multiple nominations for their selfless acts of giving back to our community by assisting others in getting to appointments, providing wellness checks, running errands, helping with home and vehicle repairs, making meals, volunteering, sewing bags for hygiene kits for third-world countries and being known to neighbourhood kids as the place to go to for bicycle repairs.
 Non-profit Award
  • Zonta Club of St. Catharines – Nominated for their work in empowering women both in our community and globally. Zonta Club members actively support organizations and individuals that assist women and children through many efforts that include fundraising, advocacy, vigils, scholarships and assembling hundreds of birthing kits for third world countries each year.
 Business Award
  • BTO Performance (Thorold) – Nominated multiple times, BTO Performance quickly pivoted throughout the pandemic to offer free online personal training and motivational support services to local residents and their global community of online followers, helping to ensure everyone was able to maintain their physical and mental healthDan Giancola and his team at BTO Performance spearheaded countless “Give the Boot To” campaigns which have helped raise tens of thousands dollars for local non-profits while also raising public awareness of many worthwhile causes.
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