Ontario Medal For Good Citizenship Recipients Announced

Archived Release

Ontario Medal For Good Citizenship Recipients Announced

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

13 Residents To Be Honoured For Outstanding Contributions to the Province TORONTO, Jan. 28 - Thirteen Ontarians who have made outstanding contributions to their communities will be honoured with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship at a ceremony at Queen's Park on January 31. "These individuals demonstrate citizenship in action," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who will be presenting the awards at the ceremony. "They are recognized for outstanding achievement, and their exemplary contribution to our province and beyond." "The men and women receiving this award are role models who have made their communities better places to live," said the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Ontarians receiving the Medal for Good Citizenship are: David Barber - a Whitby native who has championed the right of children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live fully integrated lives in their communities. A. J. Bauer - a resident of Hamilton who succeeded in getting the Owen Sound home of Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop designated as a museum and a national historic site. Helen Bradley - her leadership has made her a role model in the Métis and general communities in Midland and surrounding areas. Molly Bruce - a resident of Nepean whose personal crusade on behalf of her son has resulted in hope and a better quality of life for many others with complex disabilities. Dr. Balliram Chadee - a leader to the Caribbean and South Asian Hindu community of Durham who has been active in the areas of faith, social assistance and immigrant settlement. Robert-Guy Despatie - the founder and president of Réseau-Ontario - the most important broadcast network for francophone arts in Canada outside Quebec - he has been active at the heart of Francophone culture in Ontario for the past 20 years. Nettie Hoffman - for over 25 years, she has been offering her support, love and assistance to refugees starting new lives in Canada. Dr. Rayudu Koka - this Sudbury resident has established local mental health clinics throughout the north, including in First Nation communities. Janice Lukas - an Ancaster high school teacher for 31 years, her support for young people extended beyond the school walls. Yolanda McCann - a volunteer at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex for the past 31 years, she has helped many inmates rediscover their potential. John McEachern - this Barrie father turned the tragedy of his young son's death into a tireless campaign for defibrillators in arenas, schools and other public places. James Richards - this Orono resident is devoted to educating the public and governments on the importance of ensuring diversity in our natural environment. Judith Rosenberg - this Guelph nurse and mental health professional has created the Spark of Brilliance program to help persons with mental health issues heal and recover through their creative spirit. Recipients from previous years being honoured this year. -------------------------------------------------------- Margaret A. Munnoch - a 2004 recipient from Woodstock, who has made outstanding contributions to her community in leadership roles for the past 35 years. Daniel Greenglass - a 2006 recipient from Toronto who was instrumental in founding Best Buddies Canada, an organization that fosters one-to-one friendships between students and people with intellectual disabilities. Disponible en français www.citizenship.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Maria D'Addona, Honours and Awards, (416) 314-7529; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Maria D'Addona, Honours and Awards, (416) 314-7529; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010