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Queen's community members honoured with Mayor's Award

[Darry Malka Kyakimwa]Nursing student Darry Malka Kyakimwa regularly volunteers at Martha's Table.

Two Queen’s University students, a retired professor  and an academic fellow are among the winners of the 2010 Kingston Mayor’s Award.

Students Darry Malka Kyakimwa and Judy Kim and Professor Emeritus Dr. James Low were recognized for their volunteerism, and Canadian political history fellow Arthur Milnes for his achievements in helping promote Sir John A Macdonald.

Ms Kyakimwa moved to Canada from the Congo four years ago with her family and when they arrived in Kingston, their first meal was at Martha’s Table, a non-profit restaurant that provides low-cost, nutritious meals.

Despite barely being able to speak English, she said her family met nice people and were made to feel welcome. Now, the Queen’s nursing student regularly volunteers at Martha’s Table to help others.

“Martha's Table provided my family with food and friendship when we were in need. Volunteering at Martha's Table is my way to say thank you. It is my turn to serve people in need in our community. I cannot give them money or food. I can only give my time and serve them,” says Ms Kyakimwa.

Ms Kim has been visiting residents at the Ongwanada Community Residence every week since 2006. She has started planning special events at the residence and her handmade origami crafts have helped raise funds for the centre. Ms Kim was named Ongwanada’s volunteer of the year for 2008/09.

Dr. Low, head of the Queen's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 1965 until 1985, founded the Museum of Health Care and has been its volunteer executive director for almost 20 years.

Mr. Milnes is known around Kingston as one of the biggest supporters of Sir John A Macdonald and has helped raise the profile of Canada’s fist prime minister in his home town. Mr. Milnes has worked on numerous projects, including getting former prime ministers Paul Martin and Jean Chretien to narrate the In Sir John A’s Footsteps walking tour.

The Mayor’s Awards will be handed out at City Hall during the Canada Day Civic Ceremony on July 1, at noon.

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