Founding member of Woodbridge Village Farmers’ Market recognized for community leadership

City of Vaughan
2019 Ward 2 Civic Hero Award presented to Martha Bell
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council presented Martha Bell with the Ward 2 Civic Hero Award at today's Committee of the Whole Public Hearing. Initially scheduled to occur earlier this year, the presentation was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Martha is among the founding members of the Woodbridge Village Farmers' Market. This non-profit, volunteer-led initiative runs from spring to fall each year at the Woodbridge Memorial Arena and Pool. With a mission to provide quality, locally produced goods, the market plays an integral role in preserving the rich heritage of the community.
Martha is also a passionate environmentalist whose fingerprints are on several of Vaughan's green city initiatives, including the Riverwalk project in the Woodbridge core. She has supported the development of a city-wide trail system, consisting of more than 230 kilometres of signed cycling and pedestrian routes, including 60 kilometres of multi-use recreational pathways. 
She volunteers her time to support many worthy causes, including the Catholic Women's League of St. Margaret Mary Parish, where she has been an active member for many years. This not-for-profit organization is a source of much-needed financial support to many community initiatives in the Woodbridge area.
Martha Bell is a dedicated volunteer and passionate advocate for the environment. She has played a meaningful role in Vaughan's green city movement and continues to support our vision of creating a sustainable community today and for generations to come. Martha is a kind and considerate individual who embodies the spirit of generosity in everything she does. Her ongoing volunteerism is a testament to her commitment to building thriving communities. I want to express my warmest and sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Martha for her leadership and congratulate her on this much-deserved award."
- Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
On behalf of the residents of Ward 2, it is my honour to recognize Martha Bell as the 2019 Ward 2 Civic Hero. I was pleased to present Martha with this award at Doctor Maclean's Park in November, which is the location of one of the pollinator gardens she helped build. She is a committed environmentalist who has been a driving force behind many sustainable and eco-friendly projects in our community. Martha truly demonstrates the selfless qualities that make our community a better place to live, work and play. Through her leadership, passion and dedication, Martha is making a positive difference and contributing to Vaughan’s bright future.”
- Councillor Tony Carella, Ward 2
  • Mayor and Members of Council presented Martha Bell with the 2019 Ward 2 Civic Hero Award during a special ceremonial presentation in Committee of the Whole Public Hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.
  • Vaughan’s Civic Hero Awards are presented annually to one resident from each of the City’s five wards.
  • Recipients are nominated by their local Ward Councillor and acknowledged by Vaughan Council.
  • The awards began in 2005 and recognize outstanding achievement and individual contributions to the community. 
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