Sarnians awarded YMCA Peace Medals for community service

Journal Staff

The YMCA has awarded Ontario Peace Medals to Sarnia’s Kevin Allen and Myles Vanni.

The honour is given to individuals or groups who demonstrate a commitment to the values of peace through contributions to their local, national or global community.

Allen, a local chef, began cooking and delivering free meals to seniors after the pandemic hit. Volunteers joined in, and the group — Sarnia Blessings — provided more than 45,000 meals to seniors and vulnerable residents within a year.

“He is going above and beyond to provide comfort and support to those who are in need,” the agency stated. “Kevin’s commitment and coordination of local churches, service groups, businesses, individuals, and the volunteers at Sarnia Blessings is inspiring.”

Myles Vanni was recognized for his work as a supervisor to seven teams of scouting youth undertaking international community development projects.

“The outcomes of the projects have provided youth with leadership skills and lasting change in the communities they have traveled to — including building a hurricane shelter and medical clinic in Belize and working on water wells in Uganda,” the agency noted.

“Myles supports local students by facilitating exchange opportunities and has welcomed international students from many countries.

“Creating connections from far and near takes effort and dedication, both of which Myles has successfully achieved.”