This past January, 2021, Mayor Fred Eisenberg honored 10 of Hamilton’s finest people during his Virtual New Year’s Levee with “The Order of Hamilton”. The award presentation to those 10 honorees was followed by a reception & entertainment by Ginger St. James, Greg Briscoe and the Mohawk College Jazz Band.
This award recognizes volunteer efforts and leadership that helps Hamilton to be a city where people can live, work and age gracefully.
To quote the citation “Brenda is the visionary and founder of Beautiful Alleys and is a tireless advocate in her keeping our community and city clean and green. She is truly a shining example of what can be accomplished by a small group of people. Brenda inspires and organizes volunteers with multiple programs and projects such as the Team Up to Clean Up program, Community gardens, Pollinator Gardens and the Adopt-A-Park program. She was the lead volunteer in recruiting volunteers to help out with the Extreme Park makeovers at Woodlands Park and was instrumental in the recruitment of over 200 volunteers for the Extreme Park Makeover at Powell Park which was part of a TVO TV special called The Giver. She also serves on the Clean and Green Citizen Committee with the City of Hamilton. Brenda is the lead on the adoption of Powell Park, Birch Avenue Greenspace and co-lead on Woodlands Park and is now in the process of adopting J.C. Beemer Park. She is currently the editor of the North End Breezes community paper. From community gardens, to extreme park makeovers from alley way cleanup to community Easter events Brenda Duke is there serving her community.”
For those of us who contribute to creating, designing and distributing The Breezes 11 times a year, Brenda is a continuing inspiration and support. Thank you from the Board members and all the volunteers at The Breezes and congratulations for a well-deserved recognition.