Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 01, 2009 10:39 ET

Governor General Announces 75 Caring Canadian Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today the names of 75 recipients of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.

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 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. Presentations will be made at a later date by a dignitary designated by the Governor General or, on occasion, by the Governor General when she travels in communities across Canada.

The names and citations of the recipients follow. Additional information about this award can be found at www.gg.ca/honours/awards/cca/index_e.asp.



GOVERNOR GENERAL'S CARING CANADIAN AWARDS
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Eric Alessandrini Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Fred L. Alteen Corner Brook, N.L.
Mathieu Archambault Montreal, Que.
Deborah Bennett Ottawa, Ont.
Ernest Bernier St-Ours, Que.
Terry Boyd South Mountain, Ont.
Molly M. E. Bruce Ottawa, Ont.
Nicholas Brunet Clarence-Rockland, Ont.
Claudia Ruth Campbell Teulon, Man.
Douglas Champagne Richmond, Ont.
Pamela Champagne Richmond, Ont.
Carolyn L. Clancy Ottawa, Ont.
James Cupido Edmonton, Alta.
Mariette Dandeneau Lavallee Saint-Damien, Que.
Garnet Davis Melfort, Sask.
Mary Ellen Davis Melfort, Sask.
Audrey Darling Ottawa, Ont.
Lyla DeVreeze Westport, Ont.
Suzanne Dugas Beresford, N.B.
Anita Dugas Cormier Caraquet, N.B.
Gloria Dusyk Montmartre, Sask.
Ronald Elliot St. Thomas, Ont.
Edwin Findlater Okanagan Falls, B.C.
Genevieve Follett Placentia, N.L.
Raymond E. Glover Delta, B.C.
Doreen Grandy Ottawa, Ont.
Martha Louise Harlow Crosbie Kentville, N.S.
Hilda Harris Toronto, Ont.
Ruth Anne Henault Gatineau, Que.
Audrey M. Hicks Sackville, N.B.
John M. Horton Richmond, B.C.
Michel Kinumbe Sherbrooke, Que.
John Kolanchey Morinville, Alta.
Ann Kosiuk Montreal, Que.
Joan Lylian Kouri Montreal, Que.
Glenna Gail Anne Kropf Kitchener, Ont.
Romeo LaFrance Grand Falls, N.B.
Jean Paul Lamy Grand-Mere, Que.
Valerie D. Lamy Grand-Mere, Que.
Nicole Laurin Montreal, Que.
Don Lawlor Navan, Ont.
David Arthur LeClair Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Bernard Leger Ottawa, Ont.
Therese Leger Ottawa, Ont.
Richard Marchand Repentigny, Que.
Lionel K. Mason Toronto, Ont.
Lynda A. Mason Toronto, Ont.
Phyllis Cathleen Mayers Ottawa, Ont.
Gretchen McCurdy Chester, N.S.
Yvette Messier Bernier St-Ours, Que.
Donald Bruce McDonald Mildmay, Ont.
Sister Gilberte McGrath Saint-Quentin, N.B.
Beth McKenty Iqaluit, NU.
Jeffrey Morris Sidney, B.C.
Heather Breanne Muir Walkerton, Ont.
Eleanor Nielsen Toronto, Ont.
Rolande Patry Bouchette, Que.
James Chi Ming Pau Vancouver, B.C.
Frances Pearson Placentia, N.L.
Rejean Pelletier Anjou, Que.
Walter Ricketts Vancouver, B.C.
Deborah Robertson Sudbury, Ont.
Sylvie Samson Alexandria, Ont.
Philip Arthur Saunders St. John's, N.L.
David Martin Shulist Wilno, Ont.
Therese St-Laurent Rimouski, Que.
Joey Strati Town of Pincourt, Que.
Ronald S. Sullivan Cornwall, Ont.
Sasha Tewari Burnaby, B.C.
Carolyn Gertrude Thomas East Preston, N.S.
Althea Janet Tolliver East Preston, N.S.
Gerard Vachon New Liskeard, Ont.
Peter Westwood Williams Sudbury, Ont.
Joseph J. Zadzora Ottawa, Ont.
Connie Zolotar London, Ont.
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CITATIONS


Eric Alessandrini, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Through hard work and dedication, Eric Alessandrini, a retired firefighter from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has organized fundraising activities that have raised thousands of dollars over 40 years for such well-known organizations as the Ontario March of Dimes and the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. His 30-year involvement as volunteer director of fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association also clearly demonstrates his commitment as a truly dedicated volunteer.


Fred L. Alteen, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Fred Alteen, a veteran of the Second World War, is a tireless advocate for veteran services in his hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. During his 60 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, he has served in many executive positions. In addition, Mr. Alteen is a life member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Kinsmen Club, and is a former board member of the Western Memorial Hospital Foundation. Mr. Alteen has worked tirelessly to the benefit of others.


Mathieu Archambault, Montreal, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Mathieu Archambault, a dynamic young man from Montreal, Quebec, became aware of the benefits of community involvement at a young age. He has taken part in over 300 volunteering events with Coup de pouce jeunesse, working with disadvantaged children, seniors and people with psychiatric disabilities. Now a scoutmaster, Mr. Archambault organizes camps and regular meetings for his troop. Known for his good humour, Mr. Archambault's contributions have had a beneficial impact on countless youth.


Deborah Bennett, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Deborah Bennett, of Ottawa, Ontario, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre through her dedicated and efficient management of the Centre's gift boutique. Between co-ordinating the other volunteers, purchasing stock, planning the budget and filling shifts, she has given over 14 000 hours since 1992. Mrs. Bennett's caring and commitment has improved the quality of life for all residents of the long-term care home.


Ernest Bernier and Yvette Messier Bernier, St-Ours, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Ernest and Yvette Bernier, of St-Ours, Quebec, waste no time in getting involved in their community. Mr. Bernier lends his time to the Club Optimiste de St-Ours, his church, the Knights of Columbus, and the delivery of Christmas hampers. For her part, Mrs. Bernier volunteers with a number of organizations, including the Association feminine d'education et d'action sociale, Mouvement Couples et Familles, the Centre d'acces Communautaire Internet and Le Chef-Lieu, a local news bulletin for community organizations. Whether they are working together or on separate projects, the Berniers embody dedication, generosity and a profound desire to reach out to those in need.


Terry Boyd, South Mountain, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 15 years, Terry Boyd, of South Mountain, Ontario, has provided support and encouragement to the families of young girls with Rett syndrome. Mrs. Boyd's commitments have included serving as the president of the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association, organizing its annual Mothers' Retreats, initiating countless fundraising events and assisting in the planning of a Rett syndrome clinic at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Herself the mother of a daughter with Rett syndrome, Mrs. Boyd remains an inspiration in raising awareness of this severe neurological disorder.


Molly M. E. Bruce, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Molly Bruce, of Ottawa, Ontario, has had an impact on many persons with disabilities and their families. For almost 30 years, she has run a support group for persons with disabilities. She is a former board member of both Family Alliance Ontario and the Ottawa chapter of the Autistic Society, and is the founder of the Bridge Research Foundation, through which she provides information on how to access services, equipment and treatments. Mrs. Bruce serves as a strong advocate and knowledgeable resource for persons with disabilities, and inspires all who witness her selfless efforts.


Nicholas Brunet, Clarence-Rockland, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A young man with integrity and dedication, Nicholas Brunet, of Clarence-Rockland, Ontario, is a role model for his fellow students. Mr. Brunet has selflessly spent his past three summers as a volunteer camp counsellor, ensuring the safety and well-being of a young disabled camper confined to a wheelchair. He is also very involved with his school and volunteers for a number of community initiatives such as the Terry Fox Run, the Snowsuit Fund for kids and the Rockland Food Drive. Distinguished by his maturity and sense of responsibility, Mr. Brunet continues to show his leadership in the community.


Claudia Ruth Campbell, Teulon, Manitoba

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A pillar of the community of Teulon, Manitoba, Claudia Ruth Campbell has exhibited a tireless commitment to youth, the arts and her church. Mrs. Campbell is a perennial organizer of the annual Teulon Fair and is very active within her parish. In addition, she has been the director of the Teulon and District Agricultural Society since 1958, and has been a key organizer of the Rockwood Festival of the Arts since helping to found the annual event in 1956. Mrs. Campbell's versatile and widespread generosity has greatly enriched the lives of her fellow citizens.


Douglas and Pamela Champagne, Richmond, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 10 years, Douglas and Pamela Champagne, of Richmond, Ontario, have used their musical talents to raise money for a number of important causes, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ottawa Humane Society. Talented, generous and caring, the Champagnes are always eager to make a difference in the lives of others.


Carolyn L. Clancy and Audrey Darling, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Carolyn Clancy and Audrey Darling are founding members of the Ottawa Hospital - Civic Auxiliary, who have, since 1966, raised funds for the hospital. Ms. Clancy served on the Auxiliary board for 10 years, and is currently the gift shop's assistant co-ordinator. Ms. Darling, currently the historian of the Auxiliary, has served as its president as well as co-ordinator of volunteers. The dedication of both Ms. Clancy and Ms. Darling has led to more comfortable hospital stays and improved care for thousands of patients.


James Cupido, Edmonton, Alberta

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A talented artist and musician from Edmonton, Alberta, James Cupido's compassion has improved the living conditions of many. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Cupido has made more than 500 donations of blood and blood products to Canadian Blood Services, while successfully lobbying to have the age restrictions removed for those who give blood. He volunteers his time to the Pilgrims Hospice, and has performed many soothing bedside violin recitals for patients at hospitals throughout Edmonton. Mr. Cupido has the natural ability to connect with ill patients and to bring comfort to others.


Mariette Dandeneau Lavallee, Saint-Damien, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Through her involvement with a number of organizations, Mariette Dandeneau Lavallee has given back to her community of Saint-Damien, Quebec, for more than 40 years. From 1967, Mrs. Dandeneau Lavallee has worked with the Artisanes de Saint-Damien, promoting the role of women in society and the preservation of cultural heritage. Throughout the 1970s, she worked with the municipal council to restore the recreational infrastructure of Saint-Damien. An outstanding organizer, she has also worked tirelessly to help alleviate poverty through the local Daughters of Isabella Circle, and to promote intergenerational interaction through a program that brings together seniors and school children. Mrs. Dandeneau Lavallee's dedication is worthy of the highest praise.


Garnet and Mary Ellen Davis, Melfort, Saskatchewan

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For the past 25 years, Garnet and Mary Ellen Davis have been well known in their community of Melfort, Saskatchewan. Mr. Davis has been a member of the Melfort Lions Club for over 25 years, serving in many executive roles, including that of president. Mrs. Davis is, similarly, a long-time member of the Melfort Lioness Club, and has also been on a number of boards of directors, including those of the Melfort Housing Authority and the Melfort Public Library. Both Mr. and Mrs. Davis exhibit a tireless commitment to helping the members of their community.


Lyla DeVreeze, Westport, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A woman of remarkable energy, Lyla DeVreeze, of Westport, Ontario, devotes herself to a myriad of causes. Since 1986, she has served the Canadian Cancer Society in a variety of roles, including those of local branch president, organizer of the Relay for Life Walk and volunteer with the Reach to Recovery Program. She is also a 20-year member of the North Crosby Recreation Committee and is actively involved with her local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Mrs. DeVreeze never hesitates to lend a helping hand where needed.


Suzanne Dugas, Beresford, New Brunswick

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Devoted to the well-being of her fellow citizens and to helping many newcomers settle in Canada, Suzanne Dugas, of Beresford, New Brunswick, exemplifies exceptional citizenship and dedication. Over numerous years of community involvement, Mrs. Dugas has assisted many immigrants and refugees adapt to their new lives by welcoming them into her home and helping to familiarize them with the activities of daily life in Canada. Mrs. Dugas is known throughout the community for her warmth, openness and service to others.


Anita Dugas Cormier, Caraquet, New Brunswick

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Anita Dugas Cormier, of Caraquet, New Brunswick, has generously given her time to a wide variety of causes over several decades. She has been a member of the Institut feminin since 1953, and has been a member of the Caraquet Cercle des Dames d'Acadie since its inception in 1974. She openly shares her experiences to the benefit of the younger generations of Acadian volunteers, and encourages all seniors to break down solitudes by doing the same. Through her lifelong dedication to the development of her community, Ms. Cormier has encouraged countless people to believe in themselves.


Gloria Dusyk, Montmartre, Saskatchewan

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Gloria Dusyk, of Montmartre, Saskatchewan, has dedicated more than 20 years to her parish and to her community by providing exceptional leadership and service to a variety of organizations, including the local Catholic Women's League for 23 years. Mrs. Dusyk has steadfastly contributed to countless groups in order to ensure the continued development and vitality of the native village.


Ronald Elliot, St. Thomas, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For almost 35 years, Ronald Elliot has been relentlessly involved both in his community of St. Thomas, Ontario, and abroad. Mr. Elliot has worked with the West London Jaycees, the Community Action Group of Elgin, the St. Thomas Kiwanis Club, and the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce. Abroad, he has volunteered as a pharmacist on several church-led missions to Haiti, which he continues to support locally. The quiet and selfless giving of Mr. Elliot contributes to improving the quality of life of his fellow citizens here and around the world.


Edwin Findlater, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For many years, Edwin Findlater has been an active force within the community of Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. During his nearly 25 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mr. Findlater has filled numerous executive positions, including Poppy Chair, and chairman of the BC/Yukon Command Executive Council. He has also volunteered extensively with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and several health-based charitable organizations. The far-reaching fellowship of Mr. Findlater makes him an active force for change in the community.


Genevieve Follett and Frances Pearson, Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Exceptional women and volunteers, Genevieve Follett and Frances Pearson have dedicated countless hours to helping seniors in the small community of Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador. Mrs. Follett and Mrs. Pearson have devoted 15 and 20 years respectively to the Placentia Health Centre, attending to the needs of its elders. Mrs. Pearson volunteers on a daily basis at the Centre, assisting in nearly all conceivable capacities, while Mrs. Follet, herself a frequent volunteer at the Centre, is also a 21-year member of the Star of the Sea Association's Ladies Auxiliary. Highly respected by residents, visiting families and staff, both recipients bring much-appreciated smiles and energy to the Centre.


Raymond E. Glover, Delta, British Columbia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Blind since 1984, Raymond Glover lives as he always has: by going the extra mile to assist the citizens of Delta, British Columbia. Mr. Glover admirably supports veterans' causes through his involvement with the British Columbia Regiment Association, namely through the establishment of scholarships on behalf of the Association, meal deliveries to seniors, and fundraising events, such as the annual Homeless Lunch at Drill Hall, which involves the co-ordination of 80 volunteers serving over 450 guests. Mr. Glover continues to be an inspiration for his commitment and dedication to his community.


Doreen Grandy, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

An unswerving volunteer, Doreen Grandy has helped to raise countless funds for the Ottawa Hospital. Mrs. Grandy has managed the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's volunteer gift shop since its inception in 1989. Overseeing a staff of 35 volunteers, she gives 25 to 30 hours of her time every week. Mrs. Grandy's dedication to the organization is an inspiration to everyone she meets.


Martha Louise Harlow Crosbie, Kentville, Nova Scotia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Martha Louise Crosbie has been an active participant in countless charities, committees and fundraising activities in her hometown of Kentville, Nova Scotia, and throughout the province. Many of her fellow citizens have benefited from her involvement in the restoration of a treatment centre for addicts, the establishment of a youth health care centre, and the ongoing support of several arts organizations. This volunteer represents the very best of Nova Scotia.


Hilda Harris, Toronto, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Hilda Harris, of Toronto, Ontario, is a dedicated volunteer who has provided care to veterans and their families for almost 15 years. Her many commitments to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre include acting as an assistant to the rabbi of the Jewish Chaplaincy, organizing events for the wives and widows of veterans, and welcoming newcomers to the Veterans Care Wing of the hospital. Her caring and her exceptional dedication helps to ensure that veterans and their families have the comfort and care they deserve.


Ruth Anne Henault, Gatineau, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Whether providing entertainment to senior citizens or support to young students, Ruth Anne Henault, of Gatineau, Quebec, has shown leadership and dedication throughout her many years of volunteer service. Mrs. Henault has been active within her parish community for over 25 years and has been involved with the Canadian Showtime Chorus for over a decade. Moreover, she is a long-standing volunteer at South Hull Elementary School, where she has taken on many roles, including those of librarian and teacher's assistant. Mrs. Henault's contribution continues to have a positive impact on both young and old.


Audrey M. Hicks, Sackville, New Brunswick

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Audrey Hicks has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community of Sackville, New Brunswick, for many years. She has been active with the Girl Guides for over 20 years, serves on the board of the local branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses, and has volunteered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Mrs. Hicks can always be counted on to lend a hand and make a significant difference in the lives of many.


John M. Horton, Richmond, British Columbia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A former volunteer reservist with the Royal Navy and an avid sailor, John Malcolm Horton, of Richmond, British Columbia, has spent many years ensuring the safety of his fellow mariners. For 28 years, Mr. Horton has been a volunteer rescuer with the Canadian Marine Rescue Auxiliary and the Canadian Lifeboat Institution, the latter of which he helped to establish in 1990. He has also shared his expertise with sea cadets, and both professional and volunteer rescue crews. To this day, Mr. Horton continues his unwavering commitment to improving safety at sea and assisting those in peril.


Michel Kinumbe, Sherbrooke, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Michel Kinumbe, a medical student originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, dedicates much of his spare time to young people in his community of Sherbrooke, Quebec. From 1998 until 2007, Mr. Kinumbe has worked with the Federation des communautes culturelles de l'Estrie, and for the past 10 years has been an organizer of the Festival des Traditions du Monde. The youth of Sherbrooke continue to benefit greatly from Mr. Kinumbe's international perspective and continual giving.


John Kolanchey, Morinville, Alberta

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A veteran of the Korean War, John Kolanchey, of Morinville, Alberta, has put a lot of effort into assisting veterans and their families over the years. Since serving on the committee that oversaw the construction of the Kipnes Veterans Centre, Mr. Kolanchey has been a mainstay at the Centre. In addition, he has spent many hours counselling and assisting veterans by writing letters on their behalf, completing benefit applications, and accompanying them to appointments and meetings. Mr. Kolanchey is certainly an individual who does not hesitate to help those in need.


Ann Kosiuk, Montreal, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A consummate volunteer willing to take on any job or role, Ann Kosiuk, of Montreal, Quebec, has devoted almost 40 years to the service of others. Among her many commitments, Mrs. Kosiuk has volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital since 1975. She is currently the chairperson of the Auxiliary Gift Shop, is responsible for co-ordinating a team of 60 volunteers, and has worked with patients and their families in the Cancer Care Out-Patient Program for over 25 years. Mrs. Kosiuk is kind, energetic and committed.


Joan Lylian Kouri, Montreal, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Joan Lylian Kouri, of Montreal, Quebec, has given her boundless energy to the benefit of numerous organizations that promote the advancement of youth, women and health. Her endless contributions have been an asset to the women's auxiliary of her church, to the Cedars Home for the Aged, to the Cedars Cancer Institute and to the West Island Health and Social Services Centre. She has also served as a member of the Quebec Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, and as director for Alternatelle, a West Island shelter for women. Mrs. Kouri consistently demonstrates a caring commitment to those she serves.


Glenna Gail Anne Kropf, Kitchener, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For nearly 50 years, Gail Kropf, of Kitchener, Ontario, has dedicated countless hours to a variety of causes to help individuals and families in her community. Gifted with a multitude of talents, she has contributed to the Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village, the City of Kitchener's Beautification Committee, and the Waterloo Regional Block Parent Program. She has also been active within her parish for many years, serving as church warden, lay delegate and a member of the Anglican Church Women. A highly respected volunteer, Mrs. Kropf's commitment has significantly improved the quality of life of people in her community.


Romeo LaFrance, Grand Falls, New Brunswick

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Romeo LaFrance has been a recognized community leader in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, for many years. He helps to provide aid to those with intellectual disabilities through the many events and programs sponsored by the Order of United Commercial Travelers, a national fraternal organization. Moreover, he is a founding member of the Optimist Club of Grand Falls and is the president of the Activity Volunteer Group at the Grand Falls Manor. This enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer is an inspiration to others.


Jean Paul and Valerie D. Lamy, Grand-Mere, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Jean Paul and Valerie Lamy have been spearheading volunteer programs in Grand-Mere, Quebec, for well over 20 years. Their efforts have strongly benefited more than a dozen charitable organizations as diversified as the Knights of Columbus, the Daughters of Isabella, Hema-Quebec, Marche de Marie, and the Le Rocher de Grand-Mere baseball team. Their desire to serve their community has made them outstanding volunteers, always ready to help where needed.


Nicole Laurin, Montreal, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Nicole Laurin, of Montreal, Quebec, provides reassurance to the elderly and vulnerable, as well as support and encouragement to young people. For the past 15 years, Ms. Laurin has been active at the Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal, where she has devoted countless hours with the pediatric psychiatry service. She also dedicates many hours to the Hopital Notre-Dame, organizes an annual fundraising campaign for Operation Enfant Soleil, and is a member of the home support committee for Services Plus des Trois Pignons, a non-profit organization that shelters senior citizens. Ms. Laurin's tireless volunteerism is admired by all who know her.


Don Lawlor, Navan, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 35 years, Don Lawlor, of Navan, Ontario, has been lending his time to a variety of organizations in his community, including the annual Navan Fair, St. Mary's Church, Navan-Vars United Church and the Navan Lions Club. He also helps with the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies and with the activities of the Cumberland Grads Junior 'A' hockey team. Mr. Lawlor relishes his role as a pillar of his community.


David Arthur LeClair, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 35 years, David LeClair, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, has helped youth succeed in sport while supporting community development at large. Indispensable to the Charlottetown Minor Baseball Association, Mr. LeClair has shared his love for the sport with countless youth through a variety of roles, including those of president of the association's executive board, tournament organizer, general manager and coach. He is also very active within his parish, participating in many events and fundraisers. Mr. LeClair extends caring and compassion to everyone he meets.


Bernard and Therese Leger, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Bernard and Therese Leger, of Ottawa, Ontario, are guided by the values of fellowship, service and solidarity. For over 50 years, they have been active members of the Saint-Vincent de Paul Society. Mr. Leger is also involved with numerous organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, where, as a long-standing member, he oversees the annual food drive. Meanwhile, Mrs. Leger raises funds and helps with the Christmas Hamper program for the Daughters of Isabella, Marie-Reine-des-Cours Circle. With hearts that are always open, they also volunteer their time at several seniors' residences, helping to brighten the lives of many.


Richard Marchand, Repentigny, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Richard Marchand, of Repentigny, Quebec, devotes his time and energy to sick children through Operation Enfant Soleil. Since 2002, Mr. Marchand has raised nearly $70,000 by making necklaces and bracelets that he sells for 25 cents each. He also tirelessly canvasses local businesses on behalf of the organization. Mr. Marchand has made a personal commitment to helping youth, and pursues this goal with an inspirational and infectious passion.


Lionel K. and Lynda A. Mason, Toronto, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For more than 25 years, Lionel and Lynda Mason, of Toronto, Ontario, have organized a bowling league called Woodchippers for persons with special needs. Among their many contributions to this cause, the Masons organize matches, manage the finances, host an annual tournament and banquet, and have even helped with the publication of a bowling manual for persons with special needs. The league currently maintains a roster of 150 bowlers and 30 volunteers. The Masons' dedication embodies the spirit of community, and their patient, caring attitudes have touched the lives of many grateful people.


Phyllis Cathleen Mayers, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A retired nurse, Phyllis Cathleen Mayers, of Ottawa, Ontario, has devoted over 45 years to improving the quality of life of people in need. Since 1960, Ms. Mayers has been involved in her parish, taking on a number of roles, including those of eucharistic minister, organizer of the annual Christmas Bazaar, and chairperson of the Social and Community Action committee. In addition, she has volunteered extensively with UNICEF, the Barbados Ottawa Association, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Always outward-looking, Ms. Mayers has contributed countless hours to improving the lives of others.


Gretchen McCurdy, Chester, Nova Scotia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For many years, Gretchen McCurdy has been actively committed to the community of Chester, Nova Scotia. While Ms. McCurdy has long been involved with various local charities and municipal affairs, it is her 25 years of commitment to the Girl Guides of Canada that make her stand out. A natural leader, Ms. McCurdy was appointed as chief commissioner and chief international commissioner of the organization in 2003. Generous with her time, experience and expertise, Ms. McCurdy is committed to mentoring and supporting young people.


Donald Bruce McDonald, Mildmay, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Known as a community leader in the town of Mildmay, Ontario, Bruce McDonald is a testament to civic involvement and quiet strength of character. Whether as a planner, participant or supporter, Mr. McDonald has contributed greatly to the needs and development of his community, through many endeavours, including the Canadian Diabetes Association, the local Lions Club and various municipal development organizations. Mr. McDonald has made a substantive difference in improving the quality of life of those in the region.


Sister Gilberte McGrath, Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Sister Gilberte McGrath, of Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick, is always ready to listen to the needs of the people in her community. For the past 40 years, Sister McGrath has brought hope and comfort to many through her work with organizations such as the Hopital Hotel Dieu Saint-Joseph, the Residence Mgr Arthur Melanson and the Saint-Sacrement de Saint-Quentin Parish. She has also been involved with the Cubs of Saint-Quentin. Sister McGrath continues to give endlessly of her time for the benefit of others.


Beth McKenty, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Beth McKenty, of Iqaluit, Nunavut, heard her true calling and had the courage to act. Concerned by the high rate of suicide in Nunavut, Ms. McKenty left her home in Calgary and moved to Iqaluit to help young people cope with hardship through artistic expression. The Arctic Youth Initiative, which Ms. McKenty runs from her home, engages youth and has grown to accommodate more than 300 children. She has also brought art programs to area schools. She also provides safety, warmth and food for many cold and hungry youth. Ms. McGrath bolsters a sense of pride, accomplishment and self-worth in many young people every year.


Jeffrey Morris, Sidney, British Columbia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Jeffrey Morris, of Sidney, British Columbia, has been greatly involved in the success of Angel Flight, a non-profit organization that provides free air transportation to persons requiring medical care. Since 2002, he has recruited pilots, liaised with hospitals and arranged ground transportation with other charitable groups to accommodate almost 200 trips each year. Thanks to Mr. Morris, many patients have been able to obtain the care they need. His compassion and caring for others in need is echoed through the time he spends on running the operations of the organization.


Heather Breanne Muir, Walkerton, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Heather Breanne Muir, of Walkerton, Ontario, a volunteer diagnosed with a rare medical condition at the age of four, has selflessly dedicated herself to being a strong voice for youth issues and to offering her assistance to the Canadian Blood Services. Ms. Muir is a past president of Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving association, a member of the local Optimist Club, of 4-H and of the National Liaison Committee of Canadian Blood Services. Today, Ms. Muir continues to devote a large part of her life to the promotion of valuable causes.


Eleanor Nielsen, Toronto, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A cancer survivor and dedicated volunteer, Eleanor Nielsen, of Toronto, Ontario, has given hope to thousands of women. For many years, Ms. Nielsen has volunteered with the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society and with Research for Recovery, a program for patients. In 1992, she co-founded Dragons Abreast, a dragon boat racing team established to raise funds for cancer research. Ms. Nielsen has also been very active with Hope Air, a non-profit air transportation service for patients with cancer. A quietly determined woman, Ms. Nielsen is strongly committed to helping others.


Rolande Patry, Bouchette, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For the past 60 years, Rolande Patry, a mother of 11 from Bouchette, Quebec, has worked throughout her community to develop and deliver charitable services. Among her many volunteer activities, Ms. Patry has made a long-standing commitment to the Association feminine en education et action sociale, has been a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Maniwaki Circle, since 1979, and was the president and supervisor of the Centre d'habitation des aines de Bouchette. Ms. Patry is devoted to each of the many roles she takes on, for which she is held in very high regard.


James Chi Ming Pau, Vancouver, British Columbia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Since immigrating to Canada in 1975, Dr. James Chi Ming Pau has selflessly dedicated himself to providing health services and support to seniors, the disadvantaged and people with addictions, in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver. Shortly after his arrival, Dr. Pau immersed himself in his new community and has taken on roles such as those of member of the board of the Carnagie Community Centre, co-founder of the North American Buddhist Friendship Order, and founder of the HIV/IDU Services Consumers Board, which runs a needle exchange program. He has also provided free acupuncture sessions to many patients who could not otherwise afford to pay for the treatment. Dr. Pau works tirelessly to ensure that those in vulnerable situations know that there are people who truly care about their health and well-being.


Rejean Pelletier, Anjou, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Rejean Pelletier, of Anjou, Quebec, is a volunteer who has bettered the lives of thousands of youth through his exceptional involvement. Since 1988, Mr. Pelletier has devoted over 45 000 hours to the youth programs of the Optimist Club Ville d'Anjou. He has also been involved with the Ligue des Cadets de l'Air since 1991, serving as the regional director for East Montreal. Mr. Pelletier is always happy to help out where needed, whether as a hockey coach or as a fundraiser for a wide variety of causes.


Walter Ricketts, Vancouver, British Columbia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Walter Ricketts has been volunteering at the Triage Emergency Shelter in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver seven days a week, for the past 13 years. A quiet, unsung hero, Mr. Ricketts strips and cleans all 28 rooms each morning, does the laundry and maintains the building. In one of Canada's most troubled communities, Mr. Ricketts is an example of remarkable kindness and true compassion.


Deborah Robertson, Sudbury, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Singer, cultural facilitator and performer, Deborah Robertson, of Sudbury, Ontario, has promoted healing and pride in her community through her work with youth. She has empowered Native youth through her work with the Native Friendship Centre, and has acted as a cultural ambassador through her performances of an Aboriginal honour song at a wide variety of charitable functions. Moreover, her commitment and leadership has had a profound and lasting effect on many young people in her community.


Sylvie Samson, Alexandria, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Sylvie Samson, a dynamic student from Alexandria, Ontario, is an exemplary young volunteer who is involved in a wide range of activities. Miss Samson has served on the executive boards of the Federation de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne and the Association canadienne d'education de langue francaise for the Ontario region. She is also involved in her school's pastoral community, volunteers with the theatre group Cafe Chantant, and plays the organ at Sainte-Marguerite d'Ecosse church. Miss Samson is quick to contribute ideas and always brings a positive attitude to her volunteer commitments.


Philip Arthur Saunders, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 40 years, Philip Arthur Saunders, of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, has used his time, resources and talents to help others. Since founding the Kiwanis Club of Cabot in 1966, Mr. Saunders has served in a range of roles, including that of founding board member of the Kiwanis Music Festival Association of St. John's. In addition, Mr. Saunders has devoted countless hours to serving his parish community, has served as the chair of the board of directors for the Waterford Hospital, and has been an executive member of the Victorian Order of Nurses for almost 50 years. Mr. Saunders is highly motivated by care and concern, a fact at once apparent to all who work with him.


David Martin Shulist, Wilno, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

David Shulist, of Wilno, Ontario, is instrumental in the promotion and preservation of Canada's Kashub heritage. To this end, he has been the president of the Wilno Heritage society since 1998, organizing numerous cultural events and community development initiatives. In addition, he spearheaded the campaign to construct Wilno Heritage Park, which includes a museum and a concert stage, and serves as a focal point for the town. Mr. Shulist is gifted at bringing people together to work towards a common goal, and the City of Wilno has greatly benefited as a result.


Therese St-Laurent, Rimouski, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A woman of great kindness and generosity, Therese St-Laurent, of Rimouski, Quebec, has volunteered for many years in order to provide assistance, support and comfort to others. Ms. St-Laurent has been involved with the Centre d'action benevole for 23 years, serving in a number of roles. She also volunteered with the Association du cancer de l'Est du Quebec for many years, and since 1996 has actively supported residents at the Centre de sante et de services sociaux Rimouski-Neigette. Ms. St-Laurent is a source of both inspiration and motivation to those with whom she works.


Joey Strati, Town of Pincourt, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

In 1995, Joey Strati helped to found the first response emergency medical service in the Town of Pincourt, Quebec. The team of 35 volunteers responds to about 650 medical emergencies per year, and is available 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year. Mr. Strati's persistence and dedication have made this group a model for other communities, and have ensured the safety and well-being of his fellow citizens.


Ronald S. Sullivan, Cornwall, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Ronald S. Sullivan, of Cornwall, Ontario, is a generous volunteer who has supported his fellow citizens, in particular the youth and the elderly, for well over 40 years. He is passionate about local theatre. Examples of his volunteer efforts include the founding of Glen Productions Theatre in 1965, and serving as chairman of the board of the Cornwall Arts Development Council for 18 years. A former high school teacher, Mr. Sullivan is an elder within his congregation, has supervised Sunday school for 36 years, and delivers fresh produce to the food bank throughout the summer. Mr. Sullivan's involvement in the arts, in education and in the church, has served as an inspiration to many.


Sasha Tewari, Burnaby, British Columbia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

An exemplary student, Sasha Tewari, of Burnaby, British Columbia, has made a positive impact and lasting impression on her community through her inspiration and leadership. Miss Tewari is the founder and president of Involvement Club: Charity Activists Relentlessly Envision (IC Care), a group dedicated to poverty relief in both the community and abroad. She has also worked for numerous Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services programs as a supervisor of young children. Dedicated and passionate, Miss Tewari has made tangible differences in the lives of the families and children she has assisted.


Carolyn Gertrude Thomas, East Preston, Nova Scotia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For over 20 years, Carolyn Thomas, of East Preston, Nova Scotia, has been dedicated to making Canada a country where justice and equality for all prevails. Among her many commitments, Dr. Thomas is the chairperson of the Nova Scotia Advisory Committee on Race Relations, governor of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and governor of the Canadian Centre on Police-Race Relations. She is also past regional vice-president of the Nova Scotia Red Cross Division, and past president of the East Preston Ladies Auxiliary. She has also been very active within the African United Baptist Association. In the advancement of these and many other causes, Dr. Thomas has always exhibited enthusiasm, resolve, courage and integrity.


Althea Janet Tolliver, East Preston, Nova Scotia

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For more than 20 years, Althea Tolliver has been actively involved in the community of East Preston, Nova Scotia. Through her church, the Lions Club, and several local organizations, she has assisted and supported the well-being and advancement of youth. Among her many volunteer commitments, Mrs. Tolliver is a founding member of the Black Youth Help Line and the Association of Black Social Workers, is a member of the board of the Gordon Foundation and is secretary of the Preston Area Board of Trade. A faithful, hard-working volunteer, Mrs. Tolliver is the absolute embodiment of her personal motto: "While you might not be able to save the millions, you might be able to save the ones and twos as you go along doing what is right."


Gerard Vachon, New Liskeard, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Gerard Vachon, of New Liskeard, Ontario, has spent many years in the service of his community and parish. He has volunteered with the Club Richelieu Temiskaming for over 35 years, and also created the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun, an annual French-language festival. Within his parish, Mr. Vachon has served as chair of the parish committee and as the church's local representative of Development and Peace for 30 years. The entire community has certainly benefited from Mr. Vachon's loyalty and persistence.


Peter Westwood Williams, Sudbury, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Peter Williams is known throughout Sudbury, Ontario, for his countless volunteer activities as well as for his warm and endearing personality. A volunteer with the Easter Seal Society for 15 years, Mr. Williams co-hosts its annual telethon and is an active fundraiser. He has also been the emcee for many Sudbury Symphony Orchestra events. Mr. William has hosted an annual Big Brothers and Big Sisters bowling event, and in 1998, he founded the Big Break, an annual fundraising pool tournament, for the organization. He also helps with the Neighbourhood Action Project of Sudbury food drive. Mr. Williams generously gives of his time, and is always willing to share his talents for the benefit of the community.


Joseph J. Zadzora, Ottawa, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For 13 years, Joe Zadzora's tireless efforts have benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa through his extensive involvement with the Brian Smith Memorial Golf Tournament. As co-chair since 2001, Mr. Zadzora is responsible for leading the team of over 70 volunteers who plan and host the annual event, which has raised over $1 million since its inception. Quick to pass recognition on to those with whom he works, Mr. Zadzora works tirelessly, understanding that each enhancement to the event may mean sending another deserving child to live an otherwise impossible dream at summer camp.


Connie Zolotar, London, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For years, Connie Zolotar has been an outstanding volunteer in London, Ontario. Mrs. Zolotar volunteers countless hours as the co-ordinator for the Northwest London Food Bank, spends many evenings helping out at the Main London Food Depot and facilitates the operations of the Collective Kitchen, a community kitchen for impoverished citizens. She is also active within her parish. A thoughtful team member, Mrs. Zolotar works quietly and effectively towards making her community a better place.

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