OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to 23 volunteers from Saskatchewan during two ceremonies: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., in Prince Albert, and Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 3 p.m., in Regina.
For additional information on Their Excellencies' visit to Saskatchewan, please consult the detailed itinerary at: www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14762&lan=eng.
About the Caring Canadian Award
Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character.
The list of recipients and their citations are attached. Additional information is available at www.gg.ca/caring.
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October 9, 2012 Ceremony
(Alfred Jenkins Field House, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Barbara Hogeweide has shown a long commitment to community service. Among others, she has given her time to support the Calvary United Church, Broadway North Theatre Company and the YWCA. She also plays a significant role in the Prince Albert Arts Board, notably lending her financial management expertise to the organization's activities.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
For three decades, Fern Lloyd has shared her time, energy and compassion through the Canadian Cancer Society's CanSurmount program. A cancer survivor herself, she has long provided support, comfort and encouragement to others diagnosed with the disease. She and her husband have hosted an annual picnic at their home for many years, which was considered a highlight of the community's social calendar, filled with good food, friends and hope.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
From a very young age, Tania York has understood the meaning of the word "give". She spends most of her free time teaching a mentally challenged woman in her mid-40s how to read and write. Miss York also volunteers at a senior's home and at the SPCA of her region. She is a wonderful example of how we can change the world for the better, one person at a time.
October 11, 2012 Ceremony
(Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan)
Graham George Barker
Graham George Barker embodies the prairie spirit of reaching out to help one's neighbour. Generous with his time and his support, he is involved in many aspects of Regina's community life. Notably, he is a founder of the Phoenix Group Charity Classic, a golf tournament that raises funds to help children with cancer attend summer camp; he is also a strong proponent of sports and healthy living.
Faye Carlson and Agnes A. Labuik
Over the years, Faye Carlson and Agnes Labuik have made tremendous contributions to the Royal Canadian Legion and the United Church of Mossbank. They have held administrative leadership roles in, and maintained a healthy financial situation in both organizations. Most recently the two sisters have lent their support to the Riverside Mission, providing hot meals to the needy. These modest women have provided great support to their community.
Mrs. Labuik's award will be presented at a later date.
Murray Clarke generously contributes his time and skills in support of Regina's Royal United Services Institute, the mandate of which is to foster understanding of Canadian defence policy. He works tirelessly to maintain the building, ensuring the Institute has a clean, comfortable and well-repaired facility in which to conduct its activities.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
For almost 40 years, Dorothy Craik has volunteered with ANAVETS, an organization for army, navy and air force veterans. A lady of many talents, Mrs. Craik is always ready to go the extra mile to help support those who have served in the Canadian Forces.
Dr. Ann Grahame is engaged in her community as a leader with the Rotary Club of Regina. In that capacity, she promotes literacy and assists with youth exchanges and the Shelter Box disaster relief project. She is also a long-time member of the Government House Historical Society.
A Second World War pilot, Harold Hague has been a dedicated member of the Regina branch of the Royal Canadian Legion since 1970. He is the former provincial president of Saskatchewan Command and sits on the Veterans Affairs Canada Liaison Committee. He continues to volunteer his time for the betterment of Canada's veterans.
Richard Harvey first became involved with the Regina Little Theatre in 1962. Since that time, he has been an actor, set designer and director, and has served on the theatre's board of directors in many positions, including that of president. He has taught his craft to legions of eager young theatre volunteers and has delighted audiences in innumerable productions.
James (Jim) H. Hunter
For over 50 years, Jim Hunter has devoted his time to helping youths reach their full potential through sport. He has coached and officiated in such sports as hockey, baseball, football and track and field, among others. Mr. Hunter has also been very involved in providing opportunities for girls to play competitive hockey. His sportsmanship and love of the game have proven contagious, encouraging young athletes to become the volunteers of tomorrow.
Leora Wendy James
For over 25 years, Wendy James has been involved with the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association (SEDA). She served as a board member during her university years, created training guides still in use today and, as a former world's-level debater, mentors students to reach the same level. She is also involved in the Saskatchewan Drama Association and the Saskatoon public schools drama program.
Since 1959, Muriel Kochanski has been a volunteer member of Girl Guides of Canada. Herself an avid camper, she offered the camping experience to many young girls. Throughout the years, she has held positions ranging from division commissioner to international adviser. Mrs. Kochanski is also very involved in the Royal Canadian Legion and the Cadets of Regina.
Brian Lach volunteers on the board of directors of the Autism Resource Center (ARC). In this position, he helped ARC provide new services to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including vocational training and independent living skills. Despite a busy work and family life, Mr. Lach continues to give his time to support those with autism in his community.
Annamae McCashin has served tirelessly with the Regina and District Association for Community Living, which advocates for people with intellectual disabilities to be valued as members of their community. Past president of the organization, she has been the driving force behind many initiatives that support the intellectually disabled and their families.
Since 1980, Joan Miller has put her talent to use in the service of her community. She has been involved in several community-based performing arts organizations, notably as a founding member of Regina Summer Stage, as a long-time cast member and volunteer with Regina Little Theatre, and as a board member of Theatre Regina.
Richard (Rick) Pockett
For over 32 years, Rick Pockett has been a volunteer member of the Royal Canadian Legion, where he has helped numerous veterans and their families. He is currently involved in the Legion's long-term care program, for which he drives several hours around the province to visit veterans in home care facilities, ensuring that they are satisfied with their quality of life. Mr. Pockett is also a district governor with the Lions Clubs of Canada, which raises thousands of dollars each year for charitable causes.
For 28 years, Quenton Robins volunteered as an executive officer and training officer with the Navy League Cadet Corps and assisted instructors at his local taekwondo club. He coached track and field throughout Saskatchewan, and coached many other sports teams nationally, provincially and regionally, including teams featuring athletes who are blind or who have mobility impairments.
Dr. Frank Scott has had a long involvement with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan. He was engaged in the struggle against tuberculosis in Aboriginal communities, has been a strong proponent of smoking cessation, and is beloved for his engagement with the Asthma Camp, which he would visit in his own airplane, at his own expense, to support the on-site medical team. Currently, Dr. Scott chairs the association's Research Review Committee and represents Saskatchewan on the National Committee.
For many years, Diane Stephenson has supported the Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, both as a member of its board of directors and as ticket manager. In this role, she has shown dedication and attention to detail, running the box office at the door for each production, clocking miles to collect revenues from ticket outlets, and cementing warm relationships with sponsors. She also volunteers with the Regina Humane Society and has raised funds to support the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan
Mae Wesley has been an integral part of the Saskatchewan division of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program. She has served on the program's provincial council from the day of its inception and has volunteered hundreds of hours of her time. She is also involved with the Lions Band, the Girl Guides of Canada, the Edgely Youth Group, the United Church Sunday School and the United Church Board in her community.
Lori Wilson has volunteered on numerous conservation projects locally, provincially and internationally. She has been instrumental in the development of a wildlife viewing tower and interpretive signage on Saskatchewan's Reed Lake and developed a shorebird education program for schoolchildren used by the Morse Museum. She also works with Linking Communities, which delivers conservation messages to children in Mexico and Utah. Always engaged in her community, she is also a past president of the Morse Lionesses and was recently involved with the town's 100th anniversary.
Melinda Wozniak has put her talent to work in her community. A member of Queen City Caring Clowns, she is committed to the troop's mandate of making a joyful difference in the community by bringing smiles to people of all ages. Known by her clown name "Hug", she can often be found cheering residents at the Cancer Patient Lodge, Parkside Extendicare, Sunset Extendicare and the William Booth Care Home.