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Ontario honours community leaders

Citizens To Be Honoured For Outstanding Contributions To Their Communities

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

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

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.

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“These people have made tremendous contributions to their communities and the province of Ontario. Their volunteerism and community service are a gift to their fellow citizens.”

Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“It is fitting to recognize them as part of National Citizenship Week. The medalists are outstanding role models for all Ontarians.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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