Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 02, 2009 11:41 ET

Governor General to Present the Caring Canadian Award to 37 Volunteers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 2, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to 37 volunteers at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 2:30 p.m.

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.

Please note that the announcement made on April 1 was the list of new recipients of the Award, some of whom will attend this ceremony. Media wishing to cover the event should arrive at 2 p.m.



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GOVERNOR GENERAL'S CARING CANADIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS
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Eric Alessandrini Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
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.
Douglas Champagne Richmond, Ont.
Pamela Champagne Richmond, Ont.
Carolyn L. Clancy Ottawa, Ont.
Mariette Dandeneau Lavallee Saint-Damien, Que.
Audrey Darling, Ottawa, Ont.
Lyla DeVreeze Westport, Ont.
Lucy French Lachine, Que.
Doreen Grandy Ottawa, Ont.
Ruth Anne Henault Gatineau, Que.
Reverend Dr. H. Warren B. Hyland Massey, Ont.
Michel Kinumbe Sherbrooke, Que.
Ann Kosiuk Montreal, Que.
Joan Lylian Kouri Montreal, Que.
Jean Paul Lamy Grand-Mere, Que.
Valerie D. Lamy Grand-Mere, Que.
Nicole Laurin Montreal, Que.
Don Lawlor Navan, Ont.
Bernard Leger Ottawa, Ont.
Therese Leger Ottawa, Ont.
Richard Marchand Repentigny, Que.
Phyllis Cathleen Mayers Ottawa, Ont.
Yvette Messier Bernier St-Ours, Que.
Rolande Patry Bouchette, Que.
Rejean Pelletier Anjou, Que.
Deborah Robertson Sudbury, Ont.
Sylvie Samson Alexandria, Ont.
Joey Strati Town of Pincourt, Que.
Gerard Vachon New Liskeard, Ont.
Peter Westwood Williams Sudbury, Ont.
Joseph J. Zadzora Ottawa, 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 which 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.


Mathieu Archambault, Montreal, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Mathieu Archambault, a dynamic young man from Montreal, Quebec, he 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 contribution has 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.


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, which has who, since 1966, have 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 coordinator 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.


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.


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 the 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.


Lucy French, Lachine, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

For 30 years, Lucy French has donated countless hours to her community. She has delivered Meals on Wheels for the West Island Volunteer Bureau and has organized numerous fundraisers for local women's shelters. A dedicated parishioner, she has been involved in senior outreach programs and has assisted many friends and family members during times of crisis. She has demonstrated her concern for the welfare of women through her extensive efforts with the Women's Institute, serving in many key positions at the provincial and national levels of the organization. In particular, she has helped to provide programs and services for rural women and their families, and to advance AIDS education among women.


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. Since its inception in 1989, Mrs. Grandy has managed the volunteer gift shop located in the atrium of the Ottawa Heart Institute. 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.


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.


Reverend Dr. H. Warren B. Hyland, Massey, Ontario

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Going above and beyond his regular duties as a clergyman, Warren Hyland has devoted 20 years to helping veterans and youth. As a member of the War Pensioners of Canada, he has regularly ministered to sick and elderly patients, and has travelled many miles outside his community to visit veterans in Toronto and Sudbury. A long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, he has officiated at many dedication services and funerals for veterans. He has also established a pastoral care community in his parish as a means of responding to the needs of his community and served as chair of the Massey Inter-Church Council, inspiring many young people of different faiths to take up social action.


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 the 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.


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 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, Cedars Home for the Aged, the Cedars Cancer Institute and 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 director for Alternatelle, a West Island shelter for women. Mrs. Kouri consistently demonstrates a caring commitment to those she serves.


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 Cumberland Grads Junior 'A' hockey team' activities. Mr. Lawlor relishes his role as a pillar of his community.


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 fundraises 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 within the community, 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.


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.


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 du 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.

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