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(Posted 10:30 p.m., April 17)
'Hearts of Gold' recipients honoured for serving their community

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau presents a "Hearts of Gold" certificate to Suzanne and Michel Thériault. The Thériaults were among 51 recipients of this years awards during a special ceremony at the Orleans Legion on Wednesday. Claude Brazeau Photography

They came from across Orléans. Young, old, anglophone, francophone, artists, service club members, school volunteers and youth group leaders. All of them united in their love for their community and the shared knowledge that their efforts truly make a difference.

Those efforts were recognized at the Orleans Legion on Wednsday night during the sixth annual "Hearts of Gold" awards hosted by Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau.

"Volunteers matter because they do the work without any expectation of recognition or accolades. Their only conern is getting the job done. Most of you are too shy when it comes to ceremonies like this, but I'm not too shy to have them," Galipeau told the recipients... and so the ceremony began.

Of the 51 people who were presened with a Hearts of Gold certificate, seven are involved in the arts and culture community, two are members of local community associations, 14 are members of area service clubs, five are involved in various community activities, five do volunteer work at their schools, five are involved in the Scouts and Cadets, 11 are actively involved in places of worship and three serve the community's senior population.

Also among the recipients were Suzanne and Michel Thériault who recently recieved the Governor General's Caring Canadians Award for their dedication and commitmen to east end seniors in general and the Roy C. Hobbs Seniors Centre in particular which has more than tripled its membership under their guidance and leadership.

Here is a sample of some of the other recipients and their bios:

George Bushell has spent the last 33 years as chair of the Gloucester Allotment Garden Association. He has actively supported various community activities but none greater than his love of gardening and all that it entails. He has been “all things to all persons” providing advice, guidance or assistance wherever sought.

As a member of the Gloucester North Lions Club, Pierrette Woods has been a devoted community voluneer for over 50 years. Her considerable accomplishments include the Senate Award – International Year of Volunteers; Women of Distinction Award; Leadership roles with Municipal Elections, Innes Rezoning and Development Group, Vintage Stock Theatre, Shenkman Art Centre, Vision Screening; White Cane, Guide Dogs; Navan Fair – Cashier, Gloucester North Lions Club Magical Village, Canada Day Celebrations, and the Organ and Tissue Donor Registration program.

Elissa Sarazin is a founding board member and human resources and director for Do More Canada. Elissa’s compassion has contributed to the success of five sold out community events in which the proceeds were used to support victims of the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. She continues to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves in order to educate our community concerning the crisis in that part of the world which is often forgotten by the media.

Joanne Laskoski is a woman who works tirelessly for the students, staff and families of the Good Shepherd Catholic School. As the school council chairperson, this mother of three gathers her team each year and organizes events for the whole school to enjoy, including a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, movie nights, school dances and spring carnival. When she isn’t volunteering her time at Good Shepherd, Joanne donates her time to the Lester B. Pearson Catholic School community, the Gloucester–Cumberland Ringette Association, and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

The full list of recipients includes...

Arts and Culture
Guillaume Blais, Chorale Les Jeunes de Cœur
Rachel Emery, A´Chord East
Samantha Leclair, Vintage Stock Theatre
Jean-Guy Lemay, A´Chord East
Éveline Perrier-Racine, Les Chansonniers d’Ottawa
Erin Shaver, Orléans Young Players Theatre School
Mary Ann Varley, Arteast Ottawa

Community Associations
George Bushell, Blackburn Community Association
David Villeneuve, Fallingbrook Community Association

Service Clubs
Pierrette Woods, Gloucester North Lions Club
Carole Beaucaire, Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa
Louis Brousseau, Chevaliers de Colomb paroisse Sainte-Marie
Lucien Clément, Club 60 d’Orléans
Michel Côté, Chevaliers de Colomb paroisse Notre-Dame-des-Champs
Thérèse Fauvel, Les Mille Pattes
Annette Guindon, Club Âge d’Or Saint-Laurent
Emily Harai–Bousquet, 3018 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
Gordon Kerluke, Cumberland Lions Club
Darquise Lalonde, Orléans Seniors Club 632
Gérald Martin, Chevaliers de Colomb paroisse Saint-Gabriel
Lorraine Pratt, Filles d’Isabelle – Cercle Notre-Dame-du Sacré-Cœur
Marie-Jeanne Régnier, Filles d’Isabelle – Cercle Sainte-Marie
Helene Viel, Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club

Serving the Community
Don Morwick, Blackburn Lodge Seniors Residence
Fred Sherwin, Greater Orléans Canada Day Celebration
Elissa Sarazin, Do More Canada
Diana Steed, Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard
Thérèse & Marcel St-Louis, Société Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

Serving our Elementary Schools
Annie Hagar, Chapel Hill Catholic School
Paula Cudmore, Convent Glen Elementary School
Joanne Laskoski, Good Shepherd Catholic School

Serving our High Schools
Patricia Thompson, St. Peter Catholic High School

Serving Our Guides, Scouts and Cadets
Alan Clapp, Scouts Canada – Voyageur Council
Lt. Don Gardiner, 632 Phoenix Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Major Jonathan McAuley, Escadron 632 Phoenix
Lt. Alexandre Schmid, 632 Phoenix Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Scott Southern, 632 Phoenix Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Serving Our Health and Well-Being
Eric DeLorme, Gloucester Association for Children with Special Needs

Serving Our Sports Community
John Lusby, GCGC Gymnastics

Serving Our Places of Worship
Karen Barrington, Pine Grove Bible Church
Donna & Alain Dawson, Grace Presbyterian Church
Rev. Ed Gratton, Queenswood United Church
Patrick Lascombe, Centre Réveil International
Jacqueline Loranger, Paroisse Sainte-Marie
Beverley de Montigny, Divine Infant Parish
Bernard Neault, Paroisse Notre-Dame-Des-Champs
Michael Parsche, Orléans United Church
Elizabeth Rapley, Annunciation of the Lord Parish
Helen Turle, Bilberry Creek Baptist Church
Paul Watson, Abiding Word Lutheran Church

Serving Our Seniors
Bob Forsyth, Queenswood – Villa-Seniors Residence

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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