The Awesome Awards - Nominations

Leigh Bursey

Nominated by Brian Kahnt
November 17, 2013
Leigh Bursey is a dedicated volunteer and community activist in Brockville, Ontario.  At just 26 years old, Leigh is not only a city councillor, but also a local community talk show host who showcases local activists, volunteers and community agencies, but Leigh is also a local print columnist, talking about important youth issues that are both regional and national.  Leigh is a board member for the Ontario Non Profit Housing Association, a board member for Canada Without Poverty, and the president of the Brockville Non Profit Housing Corporation.  Leigh volunteers his time with everything from the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau, to Interval House, the Council of Canadians, and the local distress line.  Leigh hosts charitable concerts, emcees important fundraising events, and has been captains of Team Brockville-Strong's Movember team for three years running.  A former student leader, Leigh is the chair of the Brockville Youth Advisory Committee, a motivational speaker, a published author, and advocate against poverty on a local, regional and national level.  Working tirelessly and so often for free, Leigh supports a variety of causes that help make this community great.  Whether it be walking in women's shoes for Interval House, selling himself as a bachelor to build a playground, or establishing a bursary scholarship fund for students living in affordable housing (Pathways Out of Poverty has just been announced through the Brockville and Area Community Foundation).  Through all of this, he is still a dedicated musician, partner, and son.  Leigh led the fundraising initiative for the Earl's Court Community Playground, and raised over $29,000 almost single-handed through granting and community events.