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Kindness Week kicks off with recognition for students – including Lucy Mee, of PECI

Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher and Quinte Mall manager Alexandra Benjafield presented Lucy Mee a certificate in recognition of her nomination for High School Kindness Citizen of the Year. Mee, a Grade 12 student, was nominated by PECI staff. 

Blue ribbons of hope are marking the 22nd annual Violence Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness week across the region.

“Community interest, awareness and involvement have grown substantially since our program began 22 years ago,” said Chris Macdonald co-chair of the committee. “I would like to thank the greater Quinte, Hastings and Prince Edward County communities for the support you have shown and for embracing our ideology that kindness is contagious and to please pass it on.”

Opening ceremonies Monday at the Quinte Mall Kindness Court saw elementary and high school student recognition awards, and a candle light vigil in memory of victims of violence.

Kaya Pouyat, of Sophiasburgh

Lucy Mee, Grade 12, was nominated by staff to be honoured as PECI’s Kindness Citizen of the Year. There were several elementary students from the County who were honoured for colouring and posters, including Kaya Pouyat, Gd 3, at Sophiasburgh. The VARAK program is offered in 62 area elementary, and 15 high schools.

On Tuesday, Kindness crews will be touring the area – including Prince Edward County – doing good deeds for unsuspecting recipients.

Wednesday is Blue Ribbon of Hope Day. The community is invited to wear and display blue ribbons as a symbol of hope to end violence. The public is also invited to participate in a Facebook campaign titled It’s a Sign of the Times.

A Kindness Citizen of the Year will be selected. Community members are encouraged to nominate individuals who have demonstrated acs of kindness. Click the link to nominate: A draw will we hald at the Mall Saturday, March 10 to select the winner. The citizen will have thteir name permanently displayed on a pillar at the Kindness Court in Quinte Mall, and will also receive a few gifts.

The week concludes Sunday with Random Acts of Kindness Day where all citizens are encouraged to open their hearts for the good of others.

“Random acts of kindness are those special deeds that we can do that take an extra effort of being kind when we are not expected or required to do so,” said Macdonald. “If you see someone without a smile today, give them yours.”

Macdonald started the week with her sister Pam Smith, in memory of Macdonald’s son Mark Fyke, who was shot and killed while on a school trip in Florida in 1996. Less than four months after his death, Belleville’s Becky Middleton was also raped and murdered while in Bermuda. Shawn Keegan was shot and killed in Toronto just a few months later.

The blue ribbons of hope were the idea of Mark’s sister Jen, as a visual reminder that violence makes victims, and to encourage random acts of kindness.

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  1. That school is going to be a sad place next year without Lucy’s smiling face next year. She brightens everyone’s day no matter what she is feeling. She volunteers in the community and at the school. My daughters went to Impact Arts Camp where she volunteered. They loved her so much.

  2. Candice Ens says:

    Congratulations Lucy!

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