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Ottawa residents recognized with Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

September 6, 2019
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Mayor Jim Watson, on behalf of the Governor General of Canada, presented the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 26 residents at a ceremony at City Hall. These residents were recognized for their exceptional volunteer achievements.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is awarded to individuals who have made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad. The medal, first presented by the Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, in April 2016, is the highest volunteer honour in Canada.

The recipients are:   

Michael Machargo

Rainbow Choi Lai Pun

Sarah Gordon

Christopher Braeuel

Helen McKiernan

Douglas Rowland

Mary Hyland

William Jackson

Bill Joe

Fabian Alvarez

Lynn Palmer

Dennis Saikaley

William Paul Greensides

Bonnie Campbell

Stephen Victor

Ruotian Xu

Matthew Alle

Richard Charles Martin

Anita Barewal

Judy Chamberland

Naushad Quraishi

Melissa Thompson

Mohd Jamal Alsharif

Rohit Saxena

Trevor Vautour

Patrick Kay


“Our recipients today have had a positive impact on their communities and our city as a whole. Volunteers enrich our lives and help make Ottawa the amazing city that it is. Their dedication and efforts are the backbone of our fundraisers, community programs, festivals and other special initiatives and events.”

Mayor Jim Watson

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