Submitted by Ken Hirter

On a beautiful sunny day, February the 11th friends, family and neighbours gathered at James North Baptist Church to celebrate the people who have contributes to the strength and vitality of the North End.

The North Ender of the Year Award was first introduced over 25 years ago at “The North End Reunion Picnic”, started by Mr. Ed Stewart and friends. The Stewart family lived on Wood Street for many years before his family moved. Mr. Stewart passed away at 90 in 2020 and we continue the event to this day.

Cameron Kroetsch, Ward 2 City Councillor was honored to present the awards and to recognize all the nominees.


Community Builder Award

Dwayne Cline, Katie Fitzgerald, Paul Havercroft, Robert Koch, and Andrea Nason.

This year’s Community Builder is Andrea Nason, who on her own gathers and delivers donations to the vulnerable population throughout the community. She has also helped launch programs at Gore Park, in the urban core and at encampments. Feeding and helping those facing difficulties. She works to initiate and carry out activities that affect the community. She recently sought out and helped a homeless woman who lost everything in a downtown fire.

The Ed Stewart Legacy Award 

Chris Pearson, Holly Walton 

This year’s recipient is Holly Walton who has been a resident of the North End for 27 years. Holly has focused on working with groups within the North End and has been involved in many projects within these groups. She delivers food for the Foodbank at the Welcome Inn and takes part in their Seniors Program.  Holly also participates in seasonal work with the Compass Community Health Center’s Grub Club (gardens) as well and when available with both breakfast programs at Compass Community Health Center and Bennetto School.

Thank you.”

The North End Breezes presented a gift and token of appreciation to Paul Havercroft for his many years of service volunteering on the Board of Directors. It takes hours and significant dedication to devote so much time putting out the paper every month. Thanks Paul

The North End Breezes would like to thank our Community Partners for their contributions and continued support.

City of Hamilton, Bennetto Recreation Center 

Compass Community Health Centre 

Hamilton and Oshawa Port Authority

James North Baptist Church 

North End Neighbourhood Association (NENA)

St. Lawrence Church 

And many thanks to our local sponsors.

Granddad Donuts 

North End Pita 

James Street & Cannabis Co.

Our Corner Bar & Grill 

We’d like to give a special shoutout to Darlene Billingsley and gang from “Our Corner” for catering this event and to Pat Cayuga for the delicious Celebration Cake.

Congratulations and thanks everybody, it was a delightful day and fun was had by all in attendance.