Michael Gordon named Orillia’s 2018 Citizen of the Year

"His ‘big picture’ thinking has ensured Orillia is alive with culture"

He’s no stranger to being actively involved in the Orillia community, but Michael Gordon outdid himself in 2018.

As Chair of the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area, he oversaw a growth in the organization’s assets to over $6 million, enabling the disbursement of more than $260,000 in grants to local charities and initiatives in 2018. As treasurer for the Channel Cats, he spearheaded a large Trillium Grant application, and he acts as treasurer on the Regent Park parent council. Gordon also led fundraising efforts for St. Paul’s Centre, which enabled a million-dollar renovation of the Great Hall and backstage area into a great performance facility for a myriad of events in the heart of the Orillia community. 

“On behalf of Orillia City Council and the Citizen of the Year panel, I’d like to congratulate Michael Gordon and thank all of our wonderful nominees for their incredible dedication and contributions to our community. Orillia is a better place because of your efforts and commitment to making our community healthier and happier.
– Mayor Steve Clarke.

Gordon received multiple nominations for the award.

Nominees for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award included Gordon, as well as Jeremy Clark, Noel Cooper and Patricia Beecham-Cooper, Laura Dickson, Ted Dongelmans, Kevin Gangloff, Jaimin Mahant, Sue Morris, Steve Orr, Elvis Ouimette and Eleanor Tinney.

banner image: Mayor Steve Clarke and Coun. Ralph Cipolla present Michael Gordon with the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award