Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards

Our ceremony date and location have been announced!

Don’t forget to R.S.V.P. your seats at the ceremony! Just email Laurie Richards by May 27th!

Nominees and their guests can come for free! The public is welcome by donation at the door!

Our guest speaker is the incredible Jon Thurston, a wheelchair curler who grew up right here in Kawartha Lakes, in Dunsford.

One of Canada’s newest and youngest wheelchair curlers, he’s been to several world championships, local Canadian championships, and the Paralympics.

Thurston suffered a horrific accident in 2008 when he was only 24. Working in construction, one day a storm kicked up while he and a crew were working on a storage facility on St. David Street in Lindsay. The structure caved in, and the building fell in the direction he and his crew were running. He was pinned to the ground and suffered a T10 spinal cord injury. Some of his vertebrae were shattered. Because of the accident he is now in a wheelchair.

Then in 2012, local wheelchair curling coach Carl Rennick heard about Thurston’s story while searching for a fourth player on his team, and invited him to try the sport. He gave it a go and soon found himself in yearly national championships.

Today, Thurston is the owner of four medals, two bronze and two silver, one from the 2019 Canadian championship, two from World ones in 2020 and 2023, and one from the 2022 Winter Paralympics.

How to submit

Once you’ve completed the form, if you’ve filled it out on the computer, please save it and email it to us at nominations@bgckawarthas.com .

If you’ve filled it out on paper, please bring it or mail it to 107 Lindsay St. South, Lindsay, ON K9V 2M5! They must be received by March 8th!

Our lead 2024 sponsors:

Here are our 2024 Award Sponsors

  • Arts Achievement: Kei-Lin Roofing Inc.
  • Humanitarian: Sponsored by Wood Mizer
  • Entrepreneurship: Sponsored by KLCFDC & the City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Green Award: Sponsored by Fleming College
  • BGC Club Spirit & Marcie Beall Scholarship: Sponsored by Cable Cable & Scholarship from the Beall/Lough families
  • Physical Literacy: Sponsored by Planet Fitness
  • Leadership: Sponsored by Greg Evans Professional Corporation
  • Resiliency: Sponsored by Pinnguaq
  • Ron Kennedy Scholarship Fund: Kennedy Family


Ceremony Location: Fairview Baptist Church, 130 Colborne St. W., Lindsay, ON

Ceremony Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Pre-reception at 5:30 p.m. for finalists and sponsors)

RSVP: lrichards@bgckawarthas.com


Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners and thank you to our sponsors and partners.

2022 Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards