The civilian award is granted to an individual who has been an example for others to follow, and who has carried out distinguished work that improves the quality of life in a community at the local, provincial, national or international level.
Among Dr. Alfano's accomplishments are the creation of an adult music program at La Salle Secondary School in Kingston, Ontario -where Alfano currently teaches- in 1994. Dr. Alfano took time off to complete his PhD with McGill's Faculty of Education, earning his PhD in 2009 under the supervision of Professor Joan Russell with his thesis Senior's Participation in an Intergenerational Music Learning Program.
“It’s an amazing acknowledgment of Chris Alfano’s work with various groups of people in the community," Principal Ted Holden told Kingston's The Whig. "It is just incredible. He is quite passionate about providing education opportunities for seniors and retirees.”