Volunteers honoured at awards ceremony
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Mar 21, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Volunteers honoured at awards ceremony

Stratford Gazette

The regional Ontario Volunteer Service Awards were held at the Arden Park on Thursday, May 20, with 180 volunteers from Perth and Huron counties recognized for their years of contribution.

The guests of honour received a coloured pin which varied in hue depending on how many years they have given with an organization (between five and 60). There were also separate awards for youth volunteers.

Thursday's ceremony was one of 55 held across the province, recognizing a total of 11,000 volunteers. In total, the Huron-Perth volunteers represented 2,998 years of donated time. Three had personally given 60 years to a certain cause.

Altiera Essensa of Big Brothers Big Sisters Stratford was the keynote speaker, and touched on the importance of volunteers in the community, while Central school student and vocalist Oriana Roulston sang O Canada.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat.

Stratford and area volunteers who were recognized at this year's ceremony for 10 years or more of service are listed below in alphabetical order.

Tracey Atchison, Stratford Public Library, 10 years

Sandy Bastien, Heart and Stroke Foundation, 10 years

Debbie Booker, Heart and Stroke, 10 years

Muriel Boyd, Shakespeare Opti-Mrs. Club, 40 years

Dale Clarke, Scouts Canada - 1st Mitchell Scouting, 10 years

Reta Clarke, Scouts Canada - 1st Mitchell Scouting, 15 years

Catherine Flanagan, VON Perth Huron, 15 years

Betty Gingerich, Shakespeare Opti-Mrs. Club, 30 years

Tillman Hartman, Shakespeare Optimist Club, 40 years

William Hawkins, Strat-Fam, 20 years

John Lantz, Shakespeare Optimist Club, 40 years

Robert Lantz, Shakespeare Optimist Club, 40 years

Joseph Lorentz, Knights of Columbus Kilroy Council 1431, 20 years

Elspeth Macdonald, VON Perth Huron, 20 years

Larry McCabe, Knights of Columbus Kilroy Council 1431, 40 years

Ruth McNeil, Shakespeare Opti-Mrs. Club, 40 years

Audrey Pitts, Shakespeare Opti-Mrs. Club, 40 years

Donald Pitts, Shakespeare Optimist Club, 40 years

Louise Schroeder, Stratford Public Library, 10 years

Carolyn Stock, Shakespeare Opti-Mrs. Club, 30 years

Harry Visser, One Care Home & Community Support Services, 40 years

Madeleine Visser, One Care Home & Community Support Services, 40 years

Betty Warren, Shakespeare Opti-Mrs. Club, 40 years

Bruce Zehr, Shakespeare Optimist Club, 40 years

 

 

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