3 p.m., April 29)
Orléans couple receives Governor-General’s volunteer award
By Mike Beasley
The Orléans Star
couple that volunteers together sticks together, and,
as it turns out, receives an award from Canadas
and Thérèse Lavigne were among 48 individuals
who received the Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers
on Monday during a ceremony presided over by his Excellency
the Right Honourable David Johnston at Rideau Hall.
Thérèse Lavigne shakes hands
with Governor General David Johnston after
receiving the Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers
on May 24. Photos by MCpl Vincent Carbonneau,
Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers recognizes exceptional
volunteerism by Canadians from across the country in a
wide range of fields.
have served others, you have done good and in doing so,
you have improved the lives of those around you,
the Governor General said in his opening speech.
some of you, the spotlight may be uncomfortable. You dont
volunteer in order to be the centre of attention. You
work behind the scenes, flying under the radar.
Lavigne shakes hands with Governor General
David Johnston after receiving the Sovereigns
Medal for Volunteers on May 24. Photos by
MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall
and Thérèse Lavigne are two local recipients
who definitely fly under the radar and find the spotlight
Orléans couple were very humbled by the award and
extremely honoured to be in such elite company with other
volunteers from across Canada.
way of the Governor Generals communication people,
the Lavignes said they did not feel at ease speaking to
the media about their award. They felt that any personal
comment about winning the award would detract from its
Lavigne was selected for his first-hand knowledge of war
which allows him to serve as an indispensable interpreter
at the Canadian War Museum, where he helps to keep Canadas
military history alive.
also contributes to his com-munity by volunteering at
the Orléans Cumberland Community Resource Centre
food bank on a weekly basis.
wife Thérèse is also a dedicated volunteer
at the Orléans Cumberland Community Resource Centre,
where she split her time between the food bank and teaching
computer skills to seniors.
commitment to helping others was underscored when she
sewed protective arm bands for patients undergoing chemotherapy,
all while dealing with her own health issues.
Cumberland Community Resource Centre volunteer coordinator
Roseanne Canzanella says the Lavignes have been volunteering
at the centre since 2008.
are among the more than 200 volunteers at the Resource
Centre who help with everything from stocking shelves
in the food bank to sorting out Christmas gifts as part
of the OCCRCs annual Christmas gift program.
Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers incorporates and
replaces the Governor Generals Caring Canadian Award,
crea-ted in 1995 by then Governor General, the Right Honourable
Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian
Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
person who is a Canadian citizen and has made significant
and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada
or abroad is eligible.
being appointed Governor-General by Her Majesty the Queen
in October 2010, Johnston has recognized more than 1,500
volunteers, first with the Canadian Caring Award and more
recently with Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers.
closing Johnston expressed his sincere gratitude by saying,
thank you for your extraordinary contributions to
your communities and to our nation. Congratulations on
this well-deserved honour.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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