2015 Baltimore Public School ABI Award Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s ABI Award recipients!

Grade 1: Addie Doyle, Alex Schwartzkopf
Grade 2: Aeowyn Comissiong, Kyle Simmerson
Grade 3: Lily Storey, Curtis Jones
Grade 4: Makenzie Walter, Quincy Robillard
Grade 5: Isolde Ardies, Andrew Leonard
Grade 6: Taylee Herman, Cole Chandler

Presnted by Laurie Kernan, grade 6 teacher.

2015 Highlights

Our annual Toronto Maple Leafs hockey ticket fundraiser was another huge success!

Thanks to Tom Faughnan from Hanson Pipe in Cambridge for donating them and Lou Pouwels, teacher at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School for buying them.

Lou went above and beyond buying them for $600. Thanks so much Lou for your generosity!

Dawn Clapperton presenting tickets to Lou Pouwels


2014 Highlights

2014 has proven to be a year of advancements for our Anti-Bullying Initiative, A.B.I.

1. Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre: Resulting from the Committee set up in 2013, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre has now incorporated Abi’s story in their Power Program in nine grades at six schools, Dale Road, Northumberland Hills, Spring Valley, Colborne, Grafton and St. Anthony. In addition, Hamilton Township Police Services Board has donated $500. to Dale Road School to assist them in their anti-bullying activities. We have supplied bracelets and other materials to Cornerstone to assist them ingetting their message across.

2. In June we were invited to make a presentation to the Justice and Human Rights Committee of the House of Commons. The Committee was sitting to hear presentations on Bill C-13 with particular emphasis, from our point of view, on aspects of Cyberbullying. Roy Kempton from our group prepared and delivered a presentation from A.B.I. to the Committee.


House of Commons

Roy Kempton at the House of Commons in Ottawa June 2014

3. Following our presentation to the House of Commons Committee we were contacted by Facebook to see how they could contribute to the A.B.I. program. A Facebook representative gave evidence to the Committee on the same day as A.B.I. We are currently in contact with Facebook representative Meg Sinclair to see how we can add their involvement to assist our efforts.

4. We had a very productive meeting with Joe Tompkins, Superintendent of Education for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and Gary Woods, Chairperson of Hamilton Township Police Services Board. Along with his other duties, Mr. Tompkins has responsibility on a Board-wide basis for issue related to safe, caring and restorative schools’ policies. He is a supporter of our initiative and will endorse it where possible throughout schools in Northumberland County.

5. Once again, this year, we took part in the Canada Day Parade. There was a turnout of about 60 students and parents. We feel this walk gives great exposure to our symbolism and cause and while we would like to see a larger turnout, the effort is worthwhile.

6. We wish to express sincere thanks for fund raising efforts by Tom Faughnan, Mark Kernaghan and the Mackey, Lawrence, Turk and Cane Slo-Pitch Tournament which together raised approximately $1,800. It is very gratifying to know that these people, and many others who donate annually to our cause, appreciate that we are making a difference.

A big thank you to everyone!


Mark Kernaghan and Roy Kempton

2014 C.D.C.I. West ABI Award Winner

The C.D.C.I. West A.B.I. award winner for 2014 is Sydney Leguard. Congratulations Sydney.


2014 CDCI West ABI Award Recipient Sydney Leguard


2014 C.D.C.I. East ABI Award Winner

Rachel Adams-Ledinek is the 2014 C.D.C.I. East Winner of the ABI Award presented by Sherman and Fiona Kempton (Abi’s parents).



2014 C.D.C.I. East ABI Award Winner


2014 St. Mary ABI Award Winner

Congratulations to Morgan Emerson our 2014 ABI Scholarship Recipient from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Congrats Morgan!



2014 St. Mary ABI Award Winner Morgan Emerson


2014 Baltimore Public School Winners

2014 Baltimore Winners

2014 Baltimore Public School Winners


Grade 1: Sydney Rock, Finn Calvert
Grade 2: Amy Nanninga-Vanhartingsvelt, Zander Herman
Grade 3: Brenna Clarke, Nik Markland
Grade 4: Lauryn Pfeifer, Jeffery Puddy
Grade 5: Madison Walter, Jack Deremo
Grade 6: Rebecca Prentice, Reed Little

2013 C.D.C.I. East ABI Award Winner

Mayor of Hamilton Township, Mark Lovshin, presented the Abigayle Kempton Memorial Award at the East Commencement on October 11th, 2013.  The winner, Rowan Palleske, was unable to be at the award presentation as she is attending university in New Brunswick.  Accepting the award on her behalf are her brother, Gaelen, and her sister, Reanna. 

2013 CDCI East Award Recipient Presentation









The Kempton family received the following note of gratitude from Rowan.

I wanted to personally say thank you for awarding me the ABI Award and express my sorrow at not being able to say this in person tomorrow at the ceremony. However, I did wish for you to know that I have never been this honoured. Your cause really does harbour a special place in my person and I hope that this organization continues with the success that it has had thus far. The amount of spirit that was, and still is, put into this cause by you and your family both moves and inspires me on a daily basis, which I think is something very important and special as that is what I attempt to do for others. So thank you from the depths of my heart for this opportunity and this honour.

Most sincerely,

Rowan Palleske

2013 C.D.C.I. West ABI Award Winner

Royston Kempton (Abi’s uncle) presented The Abigayle Kempton Memorial Award (A.B.I.) to Brad Crain at the C.D.C.I. West Commencement.

Brad Crain accepting award from Royston Kempton


2013 St. Mary ABI Award Winners

Dawn Clapperton (Abi’s aunt) presented scholarships to two deserving students at St.  Mary Secondary School, Savanah Niles and Sabrina Jones.

Savanah Niles and Sabrina Jones accepting award from Dawn Clapperton








Thank you from Savanah Niles

I would like to thank you all so much for your very generous award which I was so very proud to receive at the St. Mary Catholic Secondary School graduation ceremony exercises on June 27, 2013.

With moving forward in the next chapter of my life, I have chosen to further my education by attending Algonquin College in the fall. As post-secondary education costs continue to rise, it is reassuring to know that people such as you and your family are willing to recognize and assist students like myself. I would also like to let you know that being a  member of the A.B.I. committee at St. Mary really helped me feel included in the school and also encouraged me to reach out of my comfort zone. It takes a strong family like yours to make a change in Northumberland so for that I thank you!

Your generosity is much appreciated and I am proud to be one of the two recipients at St. Mary this year.

Savanah Niles