Save the Date: Red Triangle Gala  – Wednesday, May 1, 2023 

Nominations Now Open

The deadline to nominate is Monday, January 29.

Red Triangle and Leader to Watch Awards

The YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick values the significant contributions that individuals have made in our society.  Since 1990, the Y has been recognizing individuals that have made a difference in the community.

The Red Triangle Award is presented in recognition of long and meritorious volunteer service, outstanding contributions and achievement within the Y or in the community. The recipient of this award has been an active volunteer and demonstrated a commitment to the community throughout their lifetime. They have made a difference to Canadian society.

The Leader to Watch Award is presented to an individual, 35 years or younger, who is a role model for youth in our community. This person demonstrates skills, enthusiasm and leadership in their work, in educational settings and as a volunteer in the community.

Many of the past recipients continue to serve the community on a daily basis.  Their commitment and dedication continues to inspire others to follow in their footsteps and it is very important that these extraordinary people be recognized.

Red Triangle Award Criteria

The Red Triangle Award is presented in recognition of long and meritorious volunteer service, outstanding contributions and achievement within the Y and in the community.

The recipient of this award has:

  • Contributed to furthering the mission and values  of the Y of Southwestern New Brunswick;
  • Enhanced the work of the Y and/or other charitable organizations through philanthropy;
  • Demonstrated  social responsibility;
  • Been an active volunteer and demonstrated a commitment to the community;
  • Made a difference to Canadian society.

Leader to Watch Award Criteria

This individual (35 years of age or less) provides skilled and enthusiastic leadership in an educational, family, career or community setting.

This individual is:

  • Determined to lead, demonstrating their leadership skills at work and as a volunteer;
  • Willing to act and support the constructive actions of others;
  • A role model, encouraging and inspiring to other young people;
  • Participating in shaping the future of the community.

2023 Red Triangle

Li Song

Li Song has been living, studying and working in Saint John for 20 years. She has managed newcomer programs, coordinated multicultural events and volunteered in various positions in the region. Li strongly believes in diversity, inclusion, equality and education and thinks these are the keys to resolving our generational issues.

Li won a UNB Student Leadership Award in 2008. In 2010 she was named a CIDA Global Youth Ambassador by the Province of NB. She was also recognized as the UNB U35 Young Alumni in 2016, and in the same year, she was recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer by the City of Saint John. In 2017 she was chosen to be the YMCA Peace Medal recipient during Peace Week.

She was also awarded as one of the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes in 2018 and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal 2022.

Li has inspired many people and coached them to grow and contribute to our region, as a successful REALTOR®, vice president of the Imperial Theatre board of directors and a member of several other regional boards and councils, has just established a bursary at UNB for first-year Asian females studying health sciences.

Li as an inspiring leader, change maker, committed volunteer, role model and peacemaker.

2023 Leader to Watch

Emma Coakley

The Leader to Watch Award recipient demonstrates leadership and enthusiasm in their life, in learning and in volunteering in our community. Emma Coakley is a dedicated student, athlete and volunteer and is very active in her community. Emma was born missing her right hand. She has overcome obstacles and exudes a can-do attitude. Her drive, determination and competitive spirit help her thrive in everything she does.

As a member of the War Amps CHAMP Program, Emma is a CHAMP Ambassador enthusiastic with spreading important messages in the community about amputation, prosthetics, playing safe, remembrance, and the War Amps. She gave her first presentation at the age of 5 to her kindergarten class.

Outside of War Amps Emma is an active volunteer and athlete and has received a number of accolades including: Spirit of Sport Award from Sport NB, Soccer NB’s Youth Referee of the Year, Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor of Saint John for her leadership and volunteer work with War Amps, as well as the New Brunswick Youth Human Rights Award from the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, to name a few.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

All proceeds from the Red Triangle Awards will help fund our Strong Communities Campaign.

YMCA Strong Communities Campaign is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much needed resources to provide access to proven YMCA programs that give kids, youth, adults, seniors and families the opportunities they need to reach their potential and to live healthier, happier lives.

In 2023, your YMCA has raised over $640,000 to support our community and ensure everyone has access to the Y. 

At the Y we are building healthy communities through the power of belonging. We hope you will join us in supporting a healthier and stronger southwestern New Brunswick.


1990 James A MacMurray 2010 Roly MacIntyre
1991 Philip W. Oland Leah Richardson (Leader to Watch)
1992 Dr. G. Forbes Elliot 2011 Dale Knox
Elsie Wayne Taryn O’Neill (Leader to Watch)
1993 Ethel Flewelling 2012 Erminie Cohen
George Stears Stephany Peterson (Leader to Watch)
1995 Malcolm Somerville 2013 Sisters of Charity
1996 Dr. Mary Eileen Travis 2014 Daryl Steeves
1997 Harry Gaunce Danny Jardine (Leader to Watch)
1998 C. William (Bill) Stanley 2015 BCAPI
1999 Dr. Edward J. Doherty Sarah Mudge (Leader to Watch)
2000 Clifford G. Warner 2016 John K.F. Irving
2001 Keith M. Wilson Craig Bell Estabrooks (Leader to Watch)
William T. Gale 2017 Arthur Irving
2002 Lino Celeste John Fitzpatrick, Jr. (Leader to Watch)
Christopher Long (Leader to Watch) 2018 Bill McMackin Stephen McMackin

Harry Daley (Leader to Watch)

2004 Patrick Darrah

Dale Knox (Leader to Watch)

2019  Dr. Shelley Rinehart

Jennifer Brown (Leader to Watch)

2005 Jane Barry & David Barry

Janet Scott (Leader to Watch)

2020 The Friars Family

Katelyn Hunter (Leader to Watch)

2006 Richard Oland 2021 Partners Assisting Local Schools (PALS)
Derek Riedle (Leader to Watch) Dustin LeClerc (Leader to Watch)
2007 Brice Belyea, David Carlin, Blair MacDonald, Clark Sancton, Robert Vincent 2022 Juanita Black
Jeff Sparks (Leader to Watch) Nicole Vair (Leader to Watch)
2008 Cheryl Robertson 2023 Li Song
Sheikh Bahauddin (Leader to Watch) Emma Coakley (Leader to Watch)
2009 Saint John Y’s Men’s Club
Eric Savoie (Leader to Watch)