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 recognizes individuals or groups making a difference in Kingston and area.
  • The Award is intended to recognize a person or group making a significant positive change in our communities.
  • Nominees will have made an exceptional contribution to the community by one or more of the following:
    • inspiring others to become involved in community building initiatives;
    • motivating fundraising projects large and small;
    • identifying needs and developing creative solutions to address the needs;
    • dedicating time, treasure and talents to community projects/ charities;
    • demonstrating action-based values including giving, joining, “asking” and serving.


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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