In 2020, UHKF established the Sister Dorothy Fournier Award for Volunteerism to recognize the outstanding contribution of long-time UHKF volunteer, Sister Dorothy (“Sister D”).
The award is granted to an individual, organization or community group who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer commitment by dedicating their time to UHKF in support of work efforts, event preparation and mission moments, all to benefit health care in Kingston.
Brooklyn Tryon - 2023 Award Recipient
Brooklyn Tryon was only 8 years old when she first volunteered with UHKF, helping us to announce the total raised by the Smile Cookie Campaign that year. Not only did Brooklyn hold up one of the numbers to display the dollars raised, but she also stood in front of the 20+ people in attendance to share her birth story, which included two months in the KGH NICU. Since then Brooklyn has been a Smile Cookie volunteer every year, helping to raise funds and awareness for our NICU. This year, Brooklyn was one of the ambassadors for the Kids for Kids Hockey tournament which is celebrating its 25th year in 2023. Brooklyn’s story is featured in their publications and she was one of the guest speakers at the opening event, sharing her story with all of the 500+ participants and their families. At just 12 years of age, Brooklyn has been volunteering her time for over 5 years already! Her willingness to brave the sometimes cold and wet weather to encourage people to buy Smile Cookies every year is truly inspiring. We have watched Brooklyn begin to grow into a confident young women who is always willing to share her story at any event, large or small to inspire support for the NICU so that others can receive the same lifesaving care that she did.
2020 Sister Dorothy (“Sister D”)
2021 Jessica Hutchings