Ontarians Honoured With Medal For Good Citizenship 2012
Thirteen individuals from across the province will receive the 2012 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.
The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes people who have made exceptional long-term contributions to the quality of life in the province.
Paulet Biedermann of Cambridge is a 32 year-old Kitchener and Waterloo volunteer known for her support for newcomers, women, youth and people with mental disabilities. She is a leader in the Caribbean community, the creator of a radio talk show where she highlights issues affecting minorities and an advocate for underage victims of sexual abuse and pregnant teens.
Ernie Crossland of Newmarket is one of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Foundation's most outspoken advocates. He created a walking trail that links the lake's conservation areas, and founded a scholarship to assist students pursuing environmental studies. An extraordinary volunteer, Ernie has served and helped grow the presence of the Lions Club International for the last 60 years.
Frank Fernandes of Toronto is a successful immigrant and entrepreneur who has built bridges between local communities and the police service for the safety and well-being of Ontarians. His volunteer and philanthropic endeavours include working with the Toronto Police, Bowmanville Fire Department, The Rotary Club, and St. John Ambulance.
Jack Foster of St. Catharines is known for making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their families. He raised $2.1 million for the redevelopment of the Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre to help more kids receive the support they need to reach their potential.
Richard Hannah of Uxbridge promotes the value of good sportsmanship and fair play among youth through amateur swimming. He is dedicated to making swimming more accessible throughout the province.
Ancilla Ho-Young of Burlington has been, for the last 11 years, a first-responder to victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse at Nina's Place, the only sexual assault and domestic violence centre in Halton Region.
Stephen Lam of Richmond Hill has led many settlement organizations in coordinating a one-stop service for immigrants in York region. He created the first of five welcoming centres for the growing diverse communities in the area, helping more than 10,000 new Ontarians with their transition to Canada.
Elizabeth Martin of Cornwall has volunteered with the Girl Guides for 60 years, since she was in high school. Her lifetime of volunteer works also includes serving the Cornwall Hospital Auxiliary, the Red Cross, the CNIB, Heart and Stroke, the local historical society, and the Cornwall Rotary Club.
Anand Rupnarain of Toronto is a founding member of the Toronto Arya Samaj, a welcoming and culturally-sensitive meeting place for the Indo-Caribbean community. He also helped found the Vedic Cultural Centre, a facility for people of various backgrounds that provides meditation programs and educational activities for all ages.
Nalini Stewart of Toronto has promoted arts and culture through 40 years of public service in Ontario. Her volunteer career includes working with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, the Stratford Festival and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, where she helped create opportunities for First Nations and Aboriginal peoples.
Brian Tardif of Ottawa is a dedicated leader who has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of intellectually and physically disabled people. His leadership helped to create One Community Place, headquarters for several community organizations in Ottawa.
Alex Waugh of Toronto has been an advocate for financially disadvantaged students for more than 40 years. Through his professional and volunteer work he has helped to improve access to higher education by developing degree programs for non-traditional students at the University of Toronto's Woodsworth College.
Christine Wilson of Ottawa is the founder of Total Communication Environment, a non-profit organization that was established 23 years ago to provide a home to a small group of children with multiple disabilities and special communications needs. Today, the organization supports 95 people in the Ottawa area.