This week, I was pleased to attend the Governor General, the Right Honourable David Johnston’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers Awards banquet at Rideau Hall.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
46 Ottawa residents were honoured with the medal including 4 residents from our community of Stittsville. These ladies were Allison Adam, Linda Joyce Schumacher, Ferzana Qadri and Theresa Qadri.
- Allison Adam has been assisting citizens both young and old in her community for over 17 years through the St. John Paul II elementary school, Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the Stittsville Food Bank. Her efforts have helped increase accessibility to food and nutritional resources as well as to various social services.
- For the past 16 years, Linda Schumacher has helped several organizations with fundraising, communications and event planning, as well as one-on-one support for people in need. Her efforts and dedication have led to the establishment of government-funded hospice services and improved health care access in eastern Ontario.
- Ferzana Qadri is dedicated to creating a positive atmosphere at the Stittsville Food Bank. As its director of client services, she is dedicated to making the organization’s resources more accessible to clients. From training volunteers and organizing donation drives to delivering food items, she has made a difference in her community.
- As chair of the Stittsville Food Bank, Theresa Qadri has helped with food collection and distribution, expanded community education and engagement, and established a summer garden to provide clients with fresh produce. Under her guidance, the organization has become more accessible and efficient.
I would like to send my congratulations to all recipients of this year’s awards for this prestigious honour and give a special thanks to these four caring women of Stittsville who work tirelessly for the betterment of our community.
Next year, I am pleased to inform residents that the City of Ottawa will be partnering with the Office of the Governor General of Canada to honour 150 outstanding volunteers from our city. These 150 outstanding volunteers will be recognized with the award in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
I, along with my Councillor colleagues, have been given the privilege of selecting six outstanding patrons within our community to be nominated for this special awarding.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, October 14, 2016. If you, or someone you know, would like to see a deserving individual nominated, please ensure to contact me with their story at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.
An awards ceremony is currently being planned for National Volunteer Week which will take place from April 23 to 29, 2017, at which time the successful recipients will be honoured. To learn more about the Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, you can click here.