Community Builder Award

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area established a Community Builder Award in 2018 to recognize individuals or groups making a difference in Kingston and area.
The award will focus on activities supporting the Foundation’s Smart & Caring priority areas:
  • Getting Started – Giving children, youth and newcomers a strong start to life in our communities.
  • Food Security – Supporting systems-level change to reduce food insecurity in our community.
  • Community Engagement – To increase our collective sense of belonging and wellbeing by inspiring everyone to be active participants in our communities.
  • Emergency response and recovery – Supporting community resiliency in the event of unanticipated circumstances that affect the health, security and wellbeing of Kingston & Area residents.



This award was established as a memorial to Geoff Sandiford. Geoff was President of the Foundation in 2014. He was passionate about our communities and lived this every day through his volunteer activities in Kingston and the surrounding area. Geoff led several community initiatives with the Foundation, served on the Frontenac County’s Sustainability Committee and advocated solutions to address food insecurity – to mention just a few areas that felt his impact.

Geoff embodied the spirit of a true Community Builder: he was always talking to people about community, making connections between people and ideas, and creating bold visions of what we could and should accomplish – together. His energy and passion enriched our communities and stimulated and inspired others.

In an increasingly complex society, the Foundation’s Community Builder Award is intended to recognize the efforts of those who have made Kingston and area a better place to live, work, and raise families. The Community Builder Award will recognize those who, like Geoff, are actively working to bring about significant positive change in their community.

Recipients will receive a plaque recognizing their achievements and a $1,000 donation will be made to a registered charity of the recipient’s choice, carrying out work in the Foundation’s priority areas.


Past Recipients

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Sophie Kiwala

The Foundation’s third Community Builder Award was presented to Sophie Kiwala. The award recognizes her leadership in addressing food insecurity, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jimmy Hassan

The second annual Community Builder Award was presented to local businessman and community member Jimmy Hassan in 2019. The award recognizes his efforts to promote and celebrate diversity in our community and his work to inspire the civic engagement of all people, regardless of age, race or background.

Bill Richard

The inaugural Community Builder Award was presented to Bill Richard in 2018. A true community builder, Bill has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the health of veterans and has contributed his time and expertise to many community organizations in Kingston.

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