Canadian Red Cross Announces 2018 Humanitarian Awards for Newfoundland and Labrador

Topics: Newfoundland and Labrador
May 23, 2018

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Canadian Red Cross has announced that business leader John Steele of St. John’s will be the 2018 recipient of its Humanitarian Award for Newfoundland and Labrador.  Anti-bullying advocate Lynelle Cantwell also of St. John’s will receive its 2018 Young Humanitarian Award for her contributions to youth empowerment.

Steele and Cantwell will receive their awards at the Power of Humanity dinner, a fundraising event scheduled for October 25, 2018, at the Delta St. John’s Hotel, with proceeds supporting Canadian Red Cross services throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.  More details about the recipients, dinner tickets and sponsorship are online at
JohnSteele, who is a director of Newfoundland Capital Corporation (NCC) and president of Steele Communications and Steele Hotels, has been an ardent supporter of numerous charities in Newfoundland and Labrador for decades. He chaired the Canadian Cancer Society's capital campaign for Daffodil Place, a $7 million, 24-room residence and support centre for cancer patients and caregivers who must travel to St. John’s for treatment. Steele currently serves as president of VOCM Cares and the K-Rock Children's Foundations.

“John Steele personifies what we seek to highlight with these awards. His passion for community, volunteering and leadership inspires others to pursue humanitarian goals,” said Rhonda Kenney, provincial director of the Canadian Red Cross. “His contributions to our health, education, arts and safety sectors will benefit Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for years to come.” 

Lynelle CantwellCantwell was 17 when she and a group of peers became a target of online bullying. She made headlines around the world when she reached out to her bully on social media and replied with compassion. Cantwell has since spoken to tens of thousands of youth about bullying and body shaming across the country and was recently featured in the documentary Rising Above: Stories of Courage and Hope.

 “Lynelle Cantwell has set an example for all of us on how to respond to harassment of any kind. She spoke out but in a way that inspired youth across the globe, which she continues to do to this day,” said Kenney.