My office was overwhelmed with incredible nominations for our Canada 150 Award for service to country and community. The depth of charitable and community giving by the individuals as nominated was staggering.
It was my privilege to acknowledge these community champions in this special ceremony. Please see below for the list of recipiants.
Abeer Al-Salihi (Cobourg) – Volunteer for Syrian refugee programming;
Carol-Anne Bell-Smith (Cobourg) – Longtime supporter of arts and accessibility issues;
Victor Chamberlain (Cobourg) – Longtime social enterprise volunteer (Beyond the Blue Box);
Cale Crowe (Alderville First Nation) – Indigenous issues advocate/musician;
Doug Cunningham (Hamilton Township) – Volunteers with the organization Sleeping Children around the World, providing bed-nets for thousands of children;
Bruce Davis (Brighton) – Longtime community volunteer (Brighton Health Services Centre/Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund);
Terry & Thelma Dillon (Cobourg) – Longtime multiculturalism advocates;
Sister Linda Gregg (Northumberland) – Longtime advocate for social justice and environmental issues;
Debbie & Keith Hillyer (Trent Hills) – Longtime community volunteers/Founders, Fishability;
Connie Hooey (Orono) – Longtime community volunteer;
Lyssa Keil (Camborne) – Employment advocate for Tanzanian youth;
Patti May (Colborne) – Longtime community volunteer (Colborne Legion);
Kally McMurray (Cobourg) – Youth volunteer;
Gwen Mellis (Port Hope) – Longtime community volunteer (Habitat for Humanity/Help Centre);
Deborah O’Connor (Northumberland) – Longtime poverty activist;
Rax Pattison (Newcastle) – Longtime community volunteer;
Diana Rodgers (Cobourg) – Longtime community volunteer;
Sharon Rusk (Brighton) – Current President (Federated Women’s Institute, Brighton);
Nicole Whitmore (Port Hope) – Homelessness/social services advocate.