Ontario honours community leaders



    
            Citizens To Be Honoured For Outstanding Contributions
                             To Their Communities
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario's Medal for Good Citizenship will be presented to 12 outstanding
Ontarians who have generously given of themselves to their fellow citizens.
    Created in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes people
who, through exceptional long-term efforts, have made outstanding
contributions to the well-being of their communities.
    The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and
Minister of Citizenship will present the medals, in the presence of the
Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, at a
ceremony to be held at Queen's Park on Monday, October 20, 2008, to the
following recipients:

    
        Diane Banks of Milverton             David Biddle of Port Rowan
        Marjorie Brooks of Guelph            Alan Farquhar of Chatham
        Morag Fraser of Mississauga          Paul General of Ohsweken
        Ellen Goodman of Ottawa              Gregory Kazmierski of Ottawa
        Martha Lloyd-Smith of Markham        Ian McGee of Waterloo
        Vivian Recollet of Sudbury           Hector Verhoeve of Tillsonburg

    QUOTES
    

    "These people have made tremendous contributions to their communities and
the province of Ontario," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario. "Their volunteerism and community service are a gift to
their fellow citizens." "It is fitting to recognize them as part of National
Citizenship Week. The medalists are outstanding role models for all
Ontarians," said the Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Created in 1973, with 12 to 13 people are presented with the Ontario
        Medal for Good Citizenship annually.
    -   An independent Advisory Council considers all nominations. The
        Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, is the
        Honorary Chair of the Advisory Council.

    LEARN MORE

    -   Learn more about the medal and the recipients of this year's medals.
        Know of someone in your community who should be nominated for an
        Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship?
        http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/honours/goocitizenship/

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                     ONTARIO MEDAL FOR GOOD CITIZENSHIP

    Created in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes people
who, through exceptional long-term efforts, have made outstanding
contributions to the well-being of their communities. The following recipients
have demonstrated good citizenship in action:

    -   Diane Banks - for the past 16 years, this Milverton volunteer has
        worked one-on-one with primary students to help them achieve
        excellence in reading.

    -   David Biddle - this Port Rowan volunteer is active in his Royal
        Canadian Legion branch, has acted as transportation convener for the
        Canadian Cancer Society, and promoted affordable housing for low-
        income families, adults and seniors.

    -   Marjorie Brooks - an active volunteer with the Guelph-Wellington
        branch of Stroke Recovery Canada, she has created pioneering programs
        to assist stroke survivors.

    -   Alan Farquhar - this Chatham resident is a founding member of Chatham
        Hope Non-Profit Housing, who has remained active over the past 20
        years securing single-dwelling homes as affordable housing. He is
        also a respected high school teacher and long-time champion of
        alternative education to help struggling students.

    -   Morag Fraser - this Mississauga volunteer is a recognized leader in
        disability awareness and advocacy, helping individuals to live
        independently, contribute to society and enjoy quality of life.

    -   Paul General - this Ohsweken resident is manager of the Six Nations
        Eco-Centre, and for over the past 15 years has overseen numerous
        environmental programs related to forestry, fisheries, aquatic and
        terrestrial environments throughout the Six Nations community.

    -   Ellen Goodman - this Ottawa teacher worked for 28 years instructing
        children with visual impairment and was a leading force behind
        Ontario's new Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program launched in
        2007.

    -   Gregory Kazmierski - a resident of Ottawa, he set a precedent as
        being the first special needs student in Ontario to win the right to
        study in a regular classroom. He volunteers at community and church
        events and is active in the Knights of Columbus.

    -   Martha Lloyd-Smith - for 32 years, this Markham resident has coached
        more than 600 children and adults as a therapeutic horseback riding
        instructor for people with disabilities.

    -   Ian McGee - a specially-trained volunteer with the Hospice of
        Waterloo Region, this retired professor visits with palliative care
        patients and those with Alzheimer's Disease offering them
        compassionate and practical support.

    -   Vivian Recollet - a resident of Sudbury, this health promoter and
        educator at the Shkagamik-kwe Health Centre promotes health care
        within the Aboriginal community in a culturally sensitive way.

    -   Hector Verhoeve - this former mayor of Tillsonburg and Lions Club
        member has led projects that range from developing a camp for
        children with cancer to raising $1 million for a new dialysis unit at
        the local hospital.

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For further information:

For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 325-7781; Colin Lemoine, Communications Branch, (416)
314-7010

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