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These stories about the people making positive impacts in our community are made possible through the continued support of Dr. Hopkins & Associates Optometry as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Thorold Fire Services celebrates latest batch of volunteers

Thorold Fire Services celebrates latest batch of volunteers

A graduation ceremony for the 2023 class of volunteer firefighters was held on Monday evening; 'It’s healthy for the fire service to have new blood'
The men who took ‘Lest We Forget’ to heart

The men who took ‘Lest We Forget’ to heart

For the past few decades, these Thorold men have made sure that those who fought will never be forgotten; 'We’re making sure the torch isn’t dropped'
The neighbourhood champion trying to foster connection

The neighbourhood champion trying to foster connection

Karen Schilstra and her family want Thorold residents to reconnect with their neighbours; 'Get away from our screens, get away from our phones and sit out on the porch'
The local volunteers helping homeless veterans

The local volunteers helping homeless veterans

For the past two years, Thorold Legion members Ken Smalko and Jeannie Soper have been working hard to get homeless veterans off the streets
The volunteers helping homeless veterans 'Leave the Streets Behind'

The volunteers helping homeless veterans 'Leave the Streets Behind'

On Wednesday, the Thorold Legion hosted a meeting with various emergency services to coordinate homeless veteran support efforts; 'Our main problem is finding housing'
Local woman celebrates 100th blood donation

Local woman celebrates 100th blood donation

Joyce Little started donating blood when she was 17 years old; 'There’s so many people who can’t that I always felt a responsibility to do it'
The volunteers trying to make Thorold a better place

The volunteers trying to make Thorold a better place

City committee members old and new explain why they decided to get involved with their community; 'Where you live should be the best place possible'
Local recovery advocate receives Queen's Platinum Jubilee Award

Local recovery advocate receives Queen's Platinum Jubilee Award

Ken MacKenzie has devoted his life to the place that helped him stay sober: ARID Recovery Homes on Pine St S; 'I love coming here and working with other recovering people'
Thorold family pays it forward with GFL donation to Shriners

Thorold family pays it forward with GFL donation to Shriners

GFL Environmental has donated $5,000 to the Shriners on behalf of a Thorold family who got help from the organization when they needed it most; 'We gained a whole different type of family'
Cancer survivor pays it forward with concert at hair salon

Cancer survivor pays it forward with concert at hair salon

Local musician Chris Scott serenaded the hairdresser, whose act of kindness helped him through his darkest time; 'If everybody shows a little kindness we can change the world'