Perrotta honoured with St. George’s Society award

Members and staff from the Pegasus Community Project drummed during a ceremony to honour the Project’s founder Marie Perrotta, standing, on March 29. Perrotta is the second recipient of the St. George's Citizenship Award. PHOTO: Phil Lameira / Beach Metro News

Marie Perrotta, founder  and executive director of the Pegasus Community Project, has been awarded this year’s St. George’s Society Citizenship Award, which honours “an unsung hero whose charitable work is deserving of significant public recognition.” The award comes with a cheque for $10,000.

The St. George’s Society was founded in 1834 and is Toronto’s oldest charity. Established to provide newcomers from Great Britain to Toronto with food and health care at the time, the Society today “brings together men and women of all cultures with an interest in things British for good fun, good fellowship and good works.”

RE/MAX agent and long-time member of the St. George’s Society John Zimnoch nominated Perrotta for the award.

“Pegasus is a wonderful organization, and a big part of the East End community,” wrote Zimnoch in his nomination letter. “Marie is a selfless worker, and the organization is a success because of her.”

Pegasus was founded in 1994 and has grown under Perrotta’s guidance to four centres and 20 staff members. Perrotta was named Beach Citizen of the Year in 2004 for her work in establishing Pegasus.

She was presented with the Citizenship Award March 29 at a ceremony which included a drumming and song circle presentation by members of Pegasus at Kingston Road United Church, followed by a luncheon at The Feathers.

For more information on the Society, visit; for  the Pegasus Community Project, visit

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