Meredith Fraser (Diversity and Race Relations)
Meredith’s longstanding interest in social justice has consistently been reflected in her volunteer work, her academic work and in her professional work as the Anti-Hate & Anti-Bias Program Coordinator with LUSO, Community Services – a multicultural community centre in Northeast London, dedicated to the inclusiveness, well-being, and prosperity of the London community.
She is a member of several local committees dedicated to celebrating diversity and promoting intercultural understanding in the city of London, including the Diversity & Race Relations Advisory Committee, the HBT Working Group, the Colour of Poverty London Campaign, and the Safe Schools Committee of the Thames Valley District School Board. Meredith has delivered presentations on a variety of diversity-related issues in both local and international contexts.
David Nelms (Housing)
David Nelms believes in affordable housing and he has dedicated himself to making homes for Londoners in need – a reality. For nearly 30 years David has been actively involved in all aspects of the construction and redevelopment of affordable housing units. He currently owns and manages ten well-maintained core-area apartment buildings – total units 71. He also developed and manages three projects in partnership with the Alice Saddy Association. These projects provide homes for persons with developmental disabilities.
David served as the president of the Alice Saddy Board from 1986 – 1989. His passion for helping others is demonstrated every day and his commitment to those he serves is unwavering and exemplary. David Nelms is a man who makes things happen and this action has benefited Londoners and our community for many years.
Bruce Huff (Sports)
Bruce Huff has been chairman and the driving force of the London Sports Hall of Fame since its inception in 2011. His dedication and hard work were instrumental in making a great idea come to life. London’s sports heroes and elite are now publicly profiled and recognized for their achievements. They have an enduring legacy and a place to showcase their talents.
Bruce has devoted countless hours to produce the Sports Hall of Fame event programme, biographies of nominees for the selection committee, scripts about inductees for the videos each year. His hands-on talent stems from his 55 years as a professional sports writer and his energy and enthusiasm has also led to the establishment of the London Oldtimers’ Sports Association, of which he is now the co-chair. Bruce has received multiple awards and recognition for his writing, athletic ability and organizing skills. His talents and energy continue to benefit London’s sports community.
Carmen Sprovieri (Persons with Disabilities)
Carmen Sprovieri has been a Londoner for over 30 years and during that time she has been an active volunteer with a number of organizations focused on supporting people with disabilities. Following her retirement as Director, Community Relations and Development for the London Public Library, Carmen dedicated even more of her time to London’s not-for-profit community even as she continues her role as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University
Her list of associations and positions include Vice-president of Hutton House, Vice-president and Treasurer of Homes Unlimited (London) Inc., Past-president Friends of the Library. Carmen is also active with Shayne Ainsworth Bursary, King’s University College at Western University, Partners in Research, London Council for Adult Education, London Music Conservatory, and
Breakfast for Bursaries (in support of Brescia University College). Her dedication to her community is broad and her energy seemingly boundless.
Suzanne Huot (Humanitarianism)
Since 2008, Suzanne Huot has been involved in the Community Connections Program at ACFO. This organization facilitates the integration of immigrants in London and Sarnia. Volunteers help newcomers learn English and integrate into their new community.
In addition, Suzanne Huot has become a member of the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) – Inclusion and Civic Engagement sub-council. She is also a Board member of Carrefour des femmes du Centre Sud-Ouest, an organization serving a large number of French-speaking immigrant women and participates regularly in Life as a Refuge which is an annual event held in June to mark World Refugee Day.
Suzanne’s academic focus remains in the same field and her PhD thesis, obtained in 2012, was based on the experiences of integration of French-speaking, visible minority immigrants, within London Ontario’s Francophone minority community.
Bramwell Gregson (Arts)
London became home to Bramwell Gregson, in 1964. He moved here to become the conductor of the London Citadel Band of the Salvation Army. During his tenure, the band’s international reputation was enhanced by many out of province performances and 20 recordings. In 1995, he took over as Music Director of ‘Brassroots’.
This 12 piece group blossomed under his leadership and business guidance and Brassroots has just released its fourth recording – marking the 25th anniversary of the musical ensemble.
Bram has guest conducted many Canadian and American bands, and at national music camps and universities. He is a frequent adjudicator and clinician.
He ís a past director of the North American Brass Band Association and in 1993 was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
Lou Rivard (Safety and Crime Prevention)
Lou Rivard joined the Children’s Safety Village of London and Area team in 1997. He brought with him his financial expertise and his dedication to community. Lou became a major force in fundraising for the project and in 2001, when the village officially opened, much of the credit for sponsors and donations were due to Lou’s hard work and diligence.
In 2004, the YWCA partnered with the Village and Lou played a key role in working out details of the agreement and collaborative plan for the future.
Thousands of children and adults visit the Village each year and have the opportunity to learn with hands-on experience what to do in an emergency. This knowledge and practical benefits can be invaluable in an emergency situation.
Lou continues his community involvement and his association with the Children’s Safety Village as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
Shane O’Neill (Environmental)
Shane is the quintessential environmentalist, who not only talks the talk but walks the walk; he lives and breathes the concept of environmental sustainability through his personal, professional and community life. Through his involvement in Post Carbon London (PCL) which he helped start and maintain as a viable organization, Shane has initiated key projects that were aimed to generate awareness amongst the community regarding energy planning. Along with Diane Szoller involving TREA and PLC, they presented a number of workshops on the concept of Community Energy Planning in 2010 at a dozen public libraries. Again through PCL, Shane was the key instigator and overseer of a very successful series of solar (thermal) workshops funded by a grant from the London Community Foundation in 2011.
He has been a two-term member of both the Advisory Committee on the Environment and the Ecological and Environmental Planning Advisory Committee (both for the City of London) and he was there to help launch Transition London. He has taught courses on the Foundations of Sustainability at Western as well as courses on Landscape Planning at Fanshawe. He is a very active member of his local community of Woodfield helping to organize local events including the Woodfield Fair.
Joseph O’Neil Jr (Heritage)
As a member of the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH) for a number of years, Joseph O’Neil Jr. has served, on occasion, as Chair and Vice-Chair. He has served as LACH’s representative on the Heritage London Foundation Board and he currently serves as treasurer of the recently formed Board of Governors for Eldon House.
Joe’s knowledge of local cemeteries and burial practices has been instrumental in providing appropriate recognition of, and support for, local and regional cemeteries and their importance.
He has been instrumental in locating the graves of Civil War veterans in London cemeteries and having plaques installed. He has a keen interest in other aspects of London’s history including Black history, Aboriginal history and the War of 1812. His passion for our past will ensure others have access to the stories that have shaped our community and brought us to this place in time.