Citizen of the Year: Melani Bastians

Owner of Caribbean Vibes and The Green Eatery restaurants, Melani started an initiative which takes rescued food from community partners and cooks hot meals with the local volunteers.  No One Goes Hungry has grown exponentially in the past 5 months, feeding over 14,517 meals from July 2020 until the end of March 2021…and so many more by now! Her goals are to work with different business owners in Halton to get Halton Hunger free in the next few years, and to provide food education to families to get them food secure. Also, at Caribbean Vibes, Melani has a community fridge.  Any time the restaurant is open, ANYONE can come get a bag of fresh produce, frozen meals, meats, dairy, and bread.  Melani is the bridge to her fellow Miltonians.

Melani also supports many organizations in Milton like Halton Women’s Place, Milton District Hospital Foundation, Darling Home for Kids, Townsend Smith Foundation, many churches with hot food and food bags, Optimist Club, mentorship programs, free meals program, and youth programs.  She has been volunteering in Milton since 2004.

Melani is always saying yes to anything that makes Milton a better place to live for our young generation, including providing many volunteer hours for high school students.


Lifetime Achievement: Cindy Lunau

Cindy was a very active member of the Milton community, including serving on Town Council for 21 years. Her many accomplishments include:

For well over a decade, Cindy also collects leftover produce from the Farmers Market for distribution to charities and families in need.


Joyce Hagevik Volunteers of the Year: Kim Macdonald & Ed Miedzybrocki

Kim and Ed are not only Scout leaders in Milton, but also have been very involved in School Parents Councils, the Milton Optimist Club, Milton Santa Claus Parade, the Milton Haunted House and Deborah’s House where Ed is the Chair of the Board.

Without their volunteer hours in these organizations, many would not be able to operate.

Involvements include:


Community Builder: Milton Strong – Jeffrey Pereira and Paula Rouselle

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Jeffrey Pereira and fellow Miltonian Paula Rousselle founded the Facebook Group “#miltonstrong – Support for your local businesses”.

Milton Strong was developed to have an online forum to support small businesses and to help local businesses promote, communicate, and continue to make sales in any way possible. It became a way to introduce new businesses that Milton residents may not know.

Milton Strong now boasts 14, 300 members.

The collective has even grown beyond its original Facebook group with members purchasing and displaying physical #MiltonStrong lawn signs. Fundraising initiatives, including the sale of #MiltonStrong t-shirts, supported local makers and raised funds for The Milton District Hospital. Over $8000 was raised to contribute to the purchase of essential equipment required by the Hospital.

This town will continue to get stronger and stronger because we are… #MiltonStrong”