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Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

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Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

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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