Katie Heggtveit awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

Monday, April 18, 2022

Katie holding a microphone and a thank you card speaking at an event
St. Paul’s GreenHouse is thrilled to announce that Katie Heggtveit, Manager: Workplace Innovation, has been awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. This medal is given to civilians who have made a lasting and impactful mark on their community and is the second-highest award that can be given to civilians in Ontario. Katie has been volunteering her time to assist those in need since she was only twelve years old.

In 2017, Katie founded Bootcamps for Change #SweatierForTheBetter, an in-shelter wellness program for youth in Toronto experiencing homelessness. As a certified group fitness instructor, Katie would lead weekly classes to improve the health of participants. The program is meant to help erase stereotypes, build self-esteem, enhance the community and demonstrate how fitness could help break the cycle of poverty for at-risk youth. The end goal of Bootcamps for Change is to fund and provide scholarships for youth that participate in the program to become fitness professionals, eventually earning their Canfitpro certification. When able, Katie hires participants to lead the weekly sessions which allows them to earn income and work towards reaching financial self-sufficiently while also leaving their own mark on their community.

In 2021, Katie transitioned to an advisor role with Bootcamps for Change so she could accept her role at St. Paul’s GreenHouse where she works to support student-led social innovation ventures with achieving their personal, academic and professional goals.

Congratulations on your medal, Katie! The St. Paul’s community is so lucky to have you!

Katie and her team at an event, standing with their arms around each other