Local trail blazer honored at Ajax civic awards gala

The spirit of community and dedication shone brightly on Wednesday, December 13th, as the prestigious Trail Blazer award was presented at the Audley Recreational Center in Ajax. The honour was bestowed upon Mrs. Gloria Small, the director of the Durham Community Action Group.

Gloria Small and Mayor Shaun Collier

Small was selected by a volunteer committee in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Ajax community. Although the award is presented to an individual, it is essential to acknowledge the unwavering support she has received from numerous members of the Durham Community Action Group.

The Trail Blazer award, a symbol of excellence and leadership, is one of the highest accolades presented by the Ajax Civic Awards Committee. The annual event serves as an opportunity for the town of Ajax to express its appreciation to both businesses and individuals who contribute to creating a community where a sense of belonging and active participation flourish.

Gloria Small and MPP Patrice Barnes

The gala featured a delectable sit-down meal, lively music, and a presentation ceremony. On presenting the award, Ajax Mayor Shaun Collier commended Mrs. Small’s for her tireless efforts and dedication to the community.

Among the notables who attended the event were MPP Patrice Barnes and MP Mark Holland. Their presence underscored the importance of community engagement and unity in the journey towards building a better Ajax.

Gloria Small’s recognition highlights the profound impact that individuals and organizations can have on their community. Her dedication to the betterment of Ajax is a testament to the power of collaboration and a shared sense of responsibility.

From left: Carlene & Gloria Small, Councillor Nancy Henry, Maureen Henry, Adrian Simon, Marilyn Daniel MPP Patrice Barnes and Carleen Crooks

As the year draws to a close, the Ajax Civic Awards Committee looks forward to another year of honoring those who contribute to making the town a place where people truly feel at home and actively engage in its development.