City Civic Hero Award Presented To Rossana Burgos

City of Vaughan
The Civic Hero Award for Ward 4 was presented to Rossana Burgos by Vaughan Council on January 15. Mrs. Burgos was recognized for her volunteerism and leadership through her work with the parent council at Herbert. H. Carnegie Public School.

“It is inspiring to see the amazing volunteer ethic we have in the City of Vaughan, and Rossana Burgos is providing a wonderful example to other parents and students with her efforts to bring her school community together,” said Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “We are fortunate in Vaughan to have so many people who are actively involved in civic life. It is people like Mrs. Burgos, with their commitment to improving the community, that are making our City a better place.”

Mrs. Burgos joined the parent council in 2008 and has served as co-chair and chair. Council activities include organizing events where families gather and get acquainted such as sports, bingo and movie nights. She also manages the lunch programs, dance-a-thons, and other activities that help students raise funds for school resources. This school year, the various programs have raised $26,000 to date, and in 2011, $33,000 was collected in total.

Mrs. Burgos organized the Carnegie Safety Blitz at Herbert H. Carnegie Public School which encouraged children to walk to school instead of being driven and to cross the road safely with a crossing guard.

During the holiday season, Mrs. Burgos and the parent council coordinate a toy drive in support of the Toy Mountain campaign and a food drive for the Vaughan Food Bank. They also organized an end-of-the-year school barbecue where students were treated to free ice cream, games, face-painting, bouncy castles and other entertainment.

“Rossana sets an example for the school community, and she encourages the parents and students to give back as well, by volunteering their time and talents,” said Ward 4 Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco, who nominated Mrs. Burgos for the award. “Rossana loves children and she loves her neighbourhood. She dedicates a great deal of time to serving the families of the growing Ward 4 community, embodying the true spirit of volunteerism.”

The Civic Hero Award is presented annually to one resident from each of the five local wards of Vaughan. The awards recognize outstanding achievement and individual contributions to the community.