Venditti receives Niagara Region’s T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award

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Published July 23, 2021 at 7:12 pm

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The life-long Niagara Region resident and tireless volunteer was named the 2021 recipient of the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award today (July 23) “in recognition of her lifelong dedication to caring for those less fortunate in our community.”

Susan Venditti, the recently retired CEO of Start Me Up Niagara, an organization she founded and has overseen since 1998, won this year’s and was lauded by the Region.

In a release, the Region said, “Her leadership and limitless energy has provided new opportunities for countless individuals experiencing poverty, homelessness, disabilities, addictions and mental health issues to increase their level of self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.”

Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley echoed those sentiments. “Susan Venditti is a life-long Niagara resident for whom volunteerism and service has been, and continues to be, integral to her life.”

He continued, “Through her work with Start Me Up Niagara, as well as a host of other committees, events and associations, she has left an indelible mark on Niagara, and has improved the lives of many of its residents, and I am proud to recognize her as this year’s recipient of the T Roy Adams Award.”

This is the 19th year for the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award, named after Adams, who served on Regional Council as Mayor of St. Catharines from 1976 to 1985 and again as a Regional Councillor from 1988 to 2002.

(Photo of Susan Venditti receiving an honorary degree from former Brock President Jack Lightstone courtesy of Brock University)

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