Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 24, 2008 08:37 ET

Governor General to Present the Caring Canadian Award to 30 Volunteers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to 30 volunteers at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at 2:30 p.m., during National Volunteer Week.

Created in 1996 by the Right Honourable Romeo LeBlanc, the award is presented to individuals and groups whose unpaid, voluntary contributions provide extraordinary help or care to people in the community. Recipients have served over a number of years and normally have not been recognized previously by a national or provincial honour.

The names and citations of the recipients follow.

The award consists of a framed certificate and a lapel pin for everyday wear. The award symbol represents Canadians who selflessly give of their time and energy to others.

Additional information about this award can be found at www.gg.ca/honours/awards/cca/index_e.asp.

Media wishing to cover the event should arrive at 2 p.m.



GOVERNOR GENERAL'S CARING CANADIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Marilyn Benoit Ottawa, Ont. (posthumous)
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Claudette Blais Laval, Que.
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Rene Boucher Laval, Que.
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Lucienne Boucher Buchanan Laval, Que.
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Clarence Brazier Sprucedale, Ont.
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Dianne Breton Ottawa, Ont.
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Joan Brownrigg Barrow Manotick, Ont.
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Julien Chouinard Laval, Que.
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Rosa Christensen Pierrefonds, Que.
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Michel Cloutier Laval, Que.
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Marty Dales Smiths Falls, Ont.
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Lawrence Donegan Nepean, Ont.
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Paul Greer Ottawa, Ont.
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Allan Hubley Kanata, Ont.
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Evelyn Louise King Brossard, Que.
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Reina Labelle Legros La Peche, Que.
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Mary Lapointe Donatelli Laval, Que.
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John F. Le Guerrier Laval, Que.
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Carolyn Margaret Mac Neill Navan, Ont.
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Louise Ann McLellan Cornwall, Ont.
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Sarah Morris Montreal, Que.
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Jean-Guy Nadeau Montreal, Que.
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Pierrette Polnicky Hearst, Ont.
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Joseph Quinn Verdun, Que.
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Donald Douglas Shultz Ottawa, Ont.
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Mary Sinclair Ottawa, Ont.
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Rebecca St. Cyr Navan, Ont.
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Denis St. Denis Orleans, Ont.
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Lynne Irene Stacey Orleans, Ont.
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Donald A. Stinson Kemptville, Ont.
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Marilyn Benoit, Ottawa, Ontario (posthumous)

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For almost 25 years, Marilyn Benoit helped women at risk and the elderly through her volunteer work with the Amethyst Women's Addiction Centre of Ottawa, and as director of the South East Ottawa Centre for a Healthy Community. However, her true passion was animal therapy, which involved regular visits with her dog to acute- and chronic-care hospitals, in order to assist patients with pain management, injuries, anxiety or depression. With the creation of Ottawa Therapy Dogs in 1999, she and her team of dog handlers promoted healing and brought comfort to hundreds of people, simply by offering the companionship of a furry friend.


Claudette Blais, Laval, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Claudette Blais' inspiring influence has made a difference in the lives of youth. For 35 years, she has volunteered for the Club de patinage artistique de Laval, sitting as a board member and eventually serving as the club's first female president. In 1979, she co-founded the Pirouettes de Laval with Rene Boucher in an effort to introduce synchronized skating to young people. Thanks to her leadership and diligent efforts, many young people in Laval, some at risk, have taken up skating and won numerous championship titles at the provincial and national levels.


Rene Boucher, Laval, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Demonstrating true leadership, Rene Boucher has worked tirelessly for over 35 years as a volunteer for the Club de patinage artistique de Laval. He has served in many key roles within the organization, in addition to sitting on various committees and managing the club's finances. For 30 years, he has coordinated the Revue sur glace ice show and also co-founded the Pirouettes de Laval in 1979, a club for young synchronized skaters. During the last 15 years, he presided over the Laval International skating competition and has helped to raise money for Leucan, a charitable organization assisting children with cancer. His extraordinary efforts also include serving on the finance committee for Maison des soins palliatifs de Laval, a palliative care residence in Laval.


Lucienne Boucher Buchanan, Laval, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For 34 years, Lucienne Boucher Buchanan has generously shared her talents and skills as a seamstress and costumer in support of the Club de patinage artistique de Laval. She has crafted thousands of skating outfits by hand for young skaters, designing outfits for competitions and skating shows. She has also devoted considerable time each week to committee work, particularly in relation to synchronized skating. Outside the arena, she has sat on the fundraising committee for Maison des soins palliatifs de Laval, a care residence for terminally ill patients, and has given much of her time to Leucan, an organization that provides financial and emotional support to children with cancer and to their families.


Clarence Brazier, Sprucedale, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

An inspirational role model for many young people, Clarence Brazier was illiterate for most of his life, but overcame his impediment at the age of 93, after his wife, who read everything to him, passed away. His story, an example of dedication and determination, caught the attention of hundreds of school children, inspiring them to stay in school and to get an education. At 102 years of age, Mr. Brazier continues to display courage and conviction as he shares his struggles to overcome illiteracy and to raise awareness of the importance of education among students and adults throughout the province.


Dianne Breton, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For almost 25 years, Dianne Breton has contributed her skills and knowledge to promote the advancement of causes related to seniors and persons with disabilities. She designed and implemented special computer programs for deaf and physically disabled students at the Mackay Centre in Montreal. Since 1992, she has helped to develop numerous outreach programs for seniors in Ottawa through her affiliation with both the Abbotsford Senior Centre Committee and the Glebe Centre. She also joined the Causeway Work Centre, an agency assisting persons with chronic mental illness, where she became the head of the fundraising committee and provided leadership in a number of roles on the board or directors. An upstanding volunteer, she is currently president of the Causeway Foundation and a board member of the Council on Aging of Ottawa.


Joan Brownrigg Barrow, Manotick, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

An active volunteer for over 50 years, Joan Brownrigg Barrow has served on behalf of three parishes in the township of Osgoode, and has engaged in a wide variety of activities and causes. She has been a member of the Manotick branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, performing in numerous roles, including youth education officer. As a former heart patient, she has counselled other heart patients and has raised money for the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Canadian Cancer Society. She has also donated the proceeds from one of her children's books to a number of local children's charities, including the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club and school breakfast programs.


Julien Chouinard, Laval, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A Canada Post carrier by profession, Julien Chouinard stands out through his support and commitment to Laval's Emergency Measures Brigade, helping others in distress, no matter the time, temperature or circumstances. Since 1969, he has assisted hundreds of victims of fire and natural disasters, offering much-needed aid during spring floods and taking part in searches for missing persons. He provided essential emergency service during the 1998 ice storm crisis, and the 2001 and 2006 viaduct accidents. In addition, he has served as chair of Loisirs Sainte-Julienne-en-Haut since 2000, and has been actively involved in organizing fundraising events, bingo tournaments and Olympic Days for youth.


Rosa Christensen, Pierrefonds, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Rosa Christensen has supported the Danish community in Montreal for over 27 years, in addition to helping many others in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace region of Montreal through various fundraisers, house visits and charitable actions. She has organized numerous successful fundraising events for the Danish Canadian Society and the Danish Club, as well as for her local church. She has also given much support to her local food bank and to many ailing and elderly members of her community, preparing numerous care boxes for shut-ins during the holidays, offering free transportation and lending a helping hand with housecleaning chores and personal needs. Mrs. Christensen's exceptional efforts and commitment continue to enrich the lives of many Canadians, young and old.


Michel Cloutier, Laval, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Michel Cloutier has provided 28 years of dedicated service to Laval's Emergency Measures Brigade, assisting others during times of disaster and crisis, such as the 1998 ice storm. He has also provided logistical support to the team, transporting volunteer workers and equipment, and taking part in numerous fundraising efforts. Since 1985, he has supported Laval's Volunteer Centre Christmas basket campaign, and has coordinated basket deliveries for over 13 years. Blessed with extraordinary energy and commitment, he has assisted in the planning of local youth dances for 10 years and also lends a hand at many community events, including Canada Day and Jeux du Quebec.


Marty Dales, Smiths Falls, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A keen volunteer and a mother of eight, Marty Dales has been an active citizen of the town of Smiths Falls. She has been a member of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary since 1973, where she held several key positions on its executive board. In addition, she has served on a variety of town committees celebrating the heritage of the community, and has also devoted 22 years to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 95, as a volunteer driver, cook and dedicated fundraiser. Always putting others' needs before her own, she has provided invaluable assistance to many of her fellow townspeople during difficult times.


Lawrence Donegan, Nepean, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A man of action motivated by his faith and his compassion for others, Lawrence Donegan has initiated and directed many community programs that focus on improving health and living conditions in low-income communities. In 1992, he helped to launch the Morrison Garden Emergency Food Centre, and has also contributed to the opening of additional food banks in Ottawa. He is a long-time member of the Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy (OWECC), a street ministry that offers support to distressed families. His affiliation with the OWECC has led to the creation of various services benefiting families in need, including the Ottawa Good Food Deal and the "Sharing our Christmas" project.


Paul Greer, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 20 years, Paul Greer has actively supported the community of Carleton Heights and has participated in numerous community events, including the Winter Carnival and the annual neighbourhood barbeque. He has assisted with a community project to renovate a recreation centre, and continues to prepare and maintain the outdoor skating rink during winter months. A dedicated member of his parish and a Cub and Scout leader for over 20 years, he has participated in many Scouting fundraisers and events, such as Apple Days and tree plantings, while being a positive and influential mentor to many young people.


Allan Hubley, Kanata, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A celebrated community builder, Allan Hubley has endeavoured to make Kanata a safe, unified neighbourhood, and to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities. As the president of the Glen Cairn Community Association, he has helped to organize many local events, including parades, fairs and summer barbecues. He is a co-founding member of the Kanata Community Police Partnership, where he has assisted in creating action plans to reduce crime. He also hosted youth discussions and established a number of volunteer awards to recognize the contributions of his fellow citizens. A strong advocate for persons with disabilities, he has endeavoured to give voice to their concerns through his work with advisory committees at both the municipal and national levels.


Evelyn Louise King, Brossard, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 40 years, Evelyn King has provided extraordinary help to her church, to youth and to seniors. She has served as a leader and commissioner with the Girl Guides for over 25 years, and is currently a Spark leader in Greenfield Park, working with young girls, their parents and other Scout leaders. She has volunteered for a local food bank, aiding families in need, and is a former Sunday school teacher and active member of St. Paul's Anglican Church Women. She has also shared her exceptional talents in cooking and crafts at many parish events and fundraisers, and continues to support the elderly members of her community with selfless dedication.


Reina Labelle Legros, La Peche, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Mother of 10 children, Reina Labelle Legros is a caring neighbour, always ready to lend a hand to the residents of La Peche and of Masham. For over 55 years, she has visited the sick, and has prepared meals for funerals and Christmas baskets for families in need. She also organizes dinners and gatherings for rural women, and leads pastoral care in her parish. Because her community's well-being is so dear to her heart, Ms. Labelle Legros sits on a number of boards of directors, including that of the Maison des cultures des Collines. She also assists people in wheelchairs at the Masham care facility to get to their activities, and volunteers at the city library.


Mary Lapointe Donatelli, Laval, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 30 years, Mary Lapointe Donatelli has quietly played an integral part in making the Club de patinage artistique de Laval one of the most successful youth sports clubs in the province. Her creative talents as a costume designer have greatly benefited many young skaters, particularly the members of the championship synchronized skating club, Les Pirouettes de Laval. In particular, she has made significant contributions to the organization as a member of the ice show committee, and has also devoted 20 years to the synchronized skating committee. Her enthusiasm and team spirit have inspired and encouraged local youth to enjoy skating and to develop good sportsmanship.


John F. Le Guerrier, Laval, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

John Le Guerrier's unwavering commitment to the community of Laval began in 1972 as a volunteer member with Laval's Emergency Measures Brigade. For 35 years, he has shown tremendous skill and compassion, responding to natural disasters and major accidents with professionalism and efficiency. He currently heads the Emergency Measures and Logistic Support unit, in addition to coordinating the work of and maintaining the duty roster for 30 or so volunteers. He has contributed effectively to countless operations, particularly during the 1998 ice storm and the viaduct accidents of 2001 and 2006, and continues to improve on his invaluable skills through course training, to better ensure the safety and protection of his fellow citizens.


Carolyn Margaret Mac Neill, Navan, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Since her arrival in Canada in 1957, Margaret Mac Neill has generously dedicated her time and talents to the rural village of Navan, Ontario. She has been involved with the Navan Fair for over 20 years and has served with the local Lions Club since 1995, eventually becoming its first female president in 2000. Ms. Mac Neill played a key role in the creation of the Navan Community Association where she continues to organize and participate in annual events. She has helped to raise funds for the restoration of St. Mary Anglican Church, and as an avid gardener, she dutifully cares for the community gardens that greet visitors to Navan each summer.


Louise Ann McLellan, Cornwall, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Louise Ann McLellan has provided 26 years of invaluable support and expertise to a number of community associations. She has devoted over 20 years to the organization and operation of the annual United Counties Science Fair, which attracts participants from schools throughout the Cornwall region. She was also an active parent volunteer for several public schools, and helped to facilitate student forums on issues ranging from racism to HIV/AIDS prevention. Further to her work on behalf of students, she has volunteered for over 15 years with the local branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, assisting with fundraising efforts and providing administrative support.


Sarah Morris, Montreal, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Every day, Sarah Morris volunteers at a different location, offering her support to the most vulnerable members of her community. Since 1987, she has tended to children with special needs at the Montreal Children's Hospital, given much-needed assistance to seniors at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, and visited patients at Mount Sinai Hospital. For over 16 years, she has offered guidance and comfort to cancer patients and their families through her participation in the Hope and Cope program. A remarkable woman, Mrs. Morris has also dedicated 15 years of service to the Montreal Association for the Blind as a Braille proofreader and transcriptionist.


Jean-Guy Nadeau, Montreal, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Jean-Guy Nadeau's compassion and dedication to service have benefited the citizens of Montreal East for over 35 years. Since 1973, he has coached minor hockey for youth and has organized numerous tournaments across the province. He is also an adept fundraiser and leader whose various efforts have supported many young athletes as well as the hugely popular annual community golf tournament, now in its 15th year. In addition to the devoted care he provides to his wife, who is living with Alzheimer's disease, Mr. Nadeau is a member of a committee of a local metal refinery that reviews its activities and effects on the community.


Pierrette Polnicky, Hearst, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

In her determination to enable people with a disability to develop and live life to the fullest, Pierrette Polnicky has devoted 25 years of volunteer work to the Association de Hearst et de la Region pour l'integration communautaire. She has organized various workshops, recreational and sports activities, and has set up adapted services. In addition, she was instrumental in the opening of three residences for those with intellectual disabilities. Thanks to her vision and tenacity, Ms. Polnicky has eliminated barriers faced by people with disabilities in the Hearst region, and has offered them a better quality of life.


Joseph Quinn, Verdun, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Joseph Quinn has helped seniors and youth within his community for over 30 years. He is a founding board member and executive of the Dawson Community Centre, which offers recreational activities for seniors and disadvantaged children. As co-founder and long-time member of the St. Lawrence Optimist Club, Mr. Quinn has helped to provide essential school supplies to many children in need at a number of Montreal schools. He is also secretary and buyer for the Manna Food Bank of Verdun, and past president and current director of the United Irish Societies of Montreal, where he manages the Christmas basket program, helping many disadvantaged members of his neighbourhood.


Donald Douglas Shultz, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A self-assured public speaker and tireless volunteer, Donald Shultz has taken on a variety of causes for the benefit of his fellow citizens. For the past 11 years, he has volunteered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, where he has actively taken part in mental health awareness programs for youth, acted in stand-up comedy shows for charity, and provided peer support to persons with mental illness. He is a strong advocate for affordable housing and financial aid for persons with disabilities, and has participated in many information sessions on issues of accessibility.


Mary Sinclair, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 30 years, Mary Sinclair has contributed her expertise as a former social worker towards the care and welfare of children and their families. She has provided leadership and guidance to the Andrew Fleck Child Care Services since 1986 and, in particular, headed the development of educational and support groups for foster parents. She also assisted in the creation of many initiatives benefiting working families and caregivers, and has raised considerable money for the construction of a new child care building. In addition, she has devoted 10 years to International Social Service Canada, organizing benefits for various humanitarian causes. Within her parish, she is a dedicated fundraiser and scripture reader, and has actively participated in a seniors' outreach program.


Rebecca St. Cyr, Navan, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A dedicated student and aspiring nurse, Rebecca St. Cyr is a devoted young volunteer who has made community service a part of her daily life. She has participated in flower sales for the Community Association in Navan and is a member of the town's Beautification Committee. She has also helped to organize many local youth events. In particular, she has recruited and organized volunteer supervisors for Friday night dances, at which she has also managed the evening snack bar. Since the age of 10, she has volunteered with her parish, serving as a teacher's aide in Sunday school, in addition to assisting in the church nursery and looking after younger children during services.


Denis St. Denis, Orleans, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A firefighter by profession, Denis St. Denis continually goes beyond his regular duties in order to help others in need. For several years, he has led major fundraising campaigns on behalf of the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, which provides services to seniors and counselling to victims of violence. Since 1989, he has actively supported the Snowsuit Fund, chairing and promoting the organization, while also raising money and distributing suits. He is a key organizer behind numerous charity events, including the Santa's Parade of Lights, a toy drive for underprivileged children, held annually by the Firefighter's Association. His tireless efforts have contributed to the success of numerous organizations in Ottawa and to the happiness of many of his fellow citizens.


Lynne Irene Stacey, Orleans, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For more than 20 years, Lynne Stacey has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to community service through her extensive work with youth and seniors. She is the co-founder of the Navan Curling Club, and has also created and instructed many aquatic fitness programs specifically for seniors and cancer patients. She has worked extensively with children as a Scout and Girl Guide leader, and has provided lodging to teenagers for the past 11 years as part of the Rotary Club's Adventures in Citizenship program. An accomplished musician, she has organized and directed various community choirs, performing at seniors' homes, music festivals and fundraisers across the National Capital Region.


Donald A. Stinson, Kemptville, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A paraplegic athlete, Donald Stinson has led a life of exceptional service and dedication. In the last 15 years, he has energetically participated in snowmobile runs and wheelchair relay races to raise money for the Canadian Paraplegic Association. He was a founding member of the Capital Wheelchair Curling Club and is a member of the Nepean Sailing Club and the National Capital Able Sail Association, supporting programs and fundraising initiatives for sailors with disabilities. In addition to this, he also provides peer support to persons with disabilities undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at the Ottawa Hospital.

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