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For Immediate Release
January 14, 2020

Red Triangle Award Recipients Announced

Saint John, NB— The YMCA of Greater Saint John has announced the details of the 2020 Red Triangle Award Gala as well as the recipients of the Red Triangle and Leader to Watch Awards at a press conference held today at the Saint John Regional Y.

This year’s Red Triangle Award Gala is a significant milestone for the YMCA of Greater Saint John as the event will also celebrate 30 Years of Red Triangle Award recipients.

The Annual Red Triangle Award Gala, presented by Emera New Brunswick, will be held at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal on April 30, 2020 at 6:00pm. The elegant reception will feature delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.

“Emera New Brunswick is proud to be part of this community and proud to be part of events, like The Red Triangle Awards, recognizing leaders who are making a difference in our community. We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to this year’s award recipients and to the YMCA for the 30th anniversary of these awards,” said Stakeholder Relations Manager, Michelle Thibodeau-Coates at today’s event.

The Red Triangle Award recognizes long and meritorious service, outstanding contributions and achievement in the community. This year’s recipient is The Friars Family.

The Friars Family has been long admired by many in Greater Saint John for their long, meritorious and selfless service to a vast list of nonprofit organizations. Whether working individually or collectively as a family, they have shown a great passion for the community through countless volunteer hours. Their valuable contributions have helped to shape healthier communities, in which people can live, learn, work and play.

The Leader to Watch Award recognizes an individual that is a role model for other young adults in our community. The individual demonstrates leadership and enthusiasm in their life, in learning and in volunteering in our community. This year's recipient is Katelyn Hunter.

Katelyn Hunter is an inspiring teacher, coach and mentor. By way of her generous and dedicated nature, Katelyn creates strong, healthy communities wherever she goes, both at home in New Brunswick and over 11,000 kilometers away in Southeast Asia. Katelyn has truly been the heart that pumps the lifeblood to her many organizations and initiatives through her volunteerism.

The recipients will receive their awards at the 30th Red Triangle Award Gala on April 30, 2020.  Funds raised at this event will support the Strong Communities Campaign, ensuring that YMCA programs are accessible to everyone.

“We are thrilled to be honouring such dedicated and community-focused individuals,” said Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “For 30 years The Red Triangle Awards have been about celebrating people in the Greater Saint John area who make a difference in the lives of others; role models that lead by example. The Friars Family and Katelyn Hunter are making a difference in our community every day.”

Tickets are $125 each and will go on sale today at the Saint John Regional Y and will be available online HERE.

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Additional information on the award recipients

The Friars Family

The Friars Family has a long history of supporting local nonprofit organizations. Since 2004, the family has thrown the Tracy Friars Family & Friends benefit concert at the Imperial Theatre. Every year, the family chooses a different local charity to which the proceeds of the often-sold-out show are given.

At their 2018 concert, the family was honoured by Saint John Mayor, Don Darling, with the Freedom of the City Award in recognition of their support for the city. They are also involved with the Paul Harris Award for their contributions to the Rotary Club. In 2018, the family organized the Friars Family Celebrate Fund through the Saint John Community Foundation to ensure perpetuity for the valuable work done in priority neighbourhoods in Saint John.

Over the past 16 years, the family has donated more than $1 million to worthy organizations in Saint John. Their collective family efforts and individual volunteer work in the city have demonstrated the family’s ongoing commitment to the needs of individuals and causes in our community. The Friars family serves as admiral role models for social responsibility and their work continues to make a difference in society.

Katelyn Hunter

Katelyn Hunter is an inspiring teacher, coach and mentor. After spending three years teaching in Southeast Asia, Katelyn returned to New Brunswick to complete the Master of Education program. Katelyn now teaches at Touchstone Academy, going above and beyond her teaching duties to provide a unique learning experience for her students. Beyond teaching, Katelyn is heavily involved in the school’s annual Amazeatorium, and she implemented an educational outdoor curriculum called “Eco-Camp” for the summer.

Outside of her role as a teacher, Katelyn devotes many hours to being a coach, mentor and advocate for women’s rugby. When teaching in Bangkok, she championed the first women’s rugby group. Locally, she provides opportunities to youth and adults alike under the Saint John Irish Rugby Club, Kennebecasis Valley High School and Team New Brunswick banners.  In her role as president of the Saint John Irish Rugby Club, she has led the club to unprecedented growth and she is the driving force behind the club’s volunteerism with organizations such as Code Red, Outflow, Top Corner Hockey and Saint John Pride. Her most notable initiative for the club, the Women in Rugby Series, has provided development opportunities for hundreds of female athletes, coaches and referees from across the province with funding from the government of New Brunswick. Volunteerism and giving back are part of Katelyn’s core values and she will continue to have an impact in her community for years to come.

About the YMCA of Greater Saint John

The YMCA of Greater Saint John is a trusted charity that delivers lasting personal and social change. We are committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. There are 19 locations throughout Greater Saint John.  Together, we serve more than 22,000 people. Our focus on providing a sense of belonging and accessibility means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. Through the Y’s Strong Communities Fund, we are accessible to everyone.

About Emera New Brunswick

Emera New Brunswick, a subsidiary of Emera Inc., is headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick and owns and operates the Brunswick Pipeline, a 145-kilometer natural gas transmission pipeline that delivers natural gas from the Canaport Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal near Saint John, New Brunswick to markets in Canada and the US Northeast.

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and energy services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia with approximately $30 billion in assets and 2017 revenues of more than $6 billion. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and distribution and utility energy services with a strategic focus on transformation from high-carbon to low-carbon energy sources. Emera has investments throughout North America and four Caribbean countries. 
 

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Morgan Daye
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m.daye@saintjohny.ca
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