Island residents honoured with Ont. volunteer awards

aushunt2SUDBURY—Nine Manitoulin Island residents were presented with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards last week.

Nearly 300 Sudbury area residents were awarded with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for between five and 50 years of volunteer commitment to an organization at a ceremony held in Sudbury.

Several were recognized with awards for providing four years of dedicated service to an organization, including Maxine McVey of Little Current for her work and contributions to the Manitou Conference of the United Church of Canada.

Jean McLennan, of Manitowaning received a 10-year volunteer service award for her work with the Michael’s Bay Historical Society, while Lila Sloss of M’Chigeeng was given a five-year service award for her volunteer work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada). Two Mindemoya residents received awards for their contributions, with Marguerite Hayes receiving a 10-year service award for her work with the Manitou Conference and Carole Middaugh a 10-year volunteer service award for her efforts and contributions to the Michael’s Bay Historical Society.

Eleanor Lentir, of Providence Bay, and Gary Brown, of South Baymouth, received 10-and five-year service awards respectively, for their work and contributions to the Michael’s Bay Historical Society.

Eric Russell, of Tehkummah, received a five-year service award for his efforts with the Michael’s Bay Historical Society, while Edgar Sagle, also of Tehummah, received a 10-year volunteer service award for his work with the same organization.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Michael Croteau said at the awards ceremony that, “Ontario’s volunteers are one of our province’s greatest assets. They are role models for all of us. I’m delighted to celebrate their dedication, hard work and outstanding leadership with Volunteer Service Awards.”

Minister Croteau said that every year, Ontario volunteers log more than 860 million hours, which is about the same amount of time that goes into 450,000 full-time jobs.

Tom Sasvari