Ontario's Medal for Good Citizenship Recipients
The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes people who have made exceptional long-term contributions to the quality of life in the province. The 2016 ceremony honours both 2015 and 2016 recipients.
Evelyn Baker of Woodslee has been a volunteer with the Essex Country Steam & Gas Engine Museum for over 30 years, serving as president for 12 of those years. Under her skillful leadership, the museum has become one of the best known in her community.
Jennifer Boyle of Toronto has never let personal adversity interfere with her long-standing and substantial contributions to The Arthritis Society. She is an articulate patient advocate who is dedicated to defending the best interests of Ontarians living with this serious condition.
George Burrows of Brampton has served others throughout his long life. At 98 years of age, he continues to put the needs of others before his own by donating countless volunteer hours to various community organizations, making him a role model of good citizenship in action.
Frances Deacon of Toronto has been volunteering in her community for more than 80 years. She has been an enthusiastic volunteer and fundraiser for numerous charities. She also co-founded the Christian Resource Centre and the Toronto Community Foundation.
Mary Ann Edwards of St. Catharines is the driving force behind the enormous success of the Rankin Cancer Run. Under her expert leadership, the annual run has raised over $6.5 million since 2006, with all funds benefiting local cancer patients.
Kenneth Hall of Dundas is a long-serving environmental advocate and volunteer who helped found the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan. Forever an educator, Ken continues to teach others about the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve and the importance of its preservation.
James Houston of Sarnia has been a long-standing defender of his community's most vulnerable citizens. His many achievements include successfully advocating for the creation of the West Lambton Community Health Centre and the Rapids Family Health Team.
George Klosler of Tillsonburg has always believed that sharing knowledge is the duty of any good citizen. Many organizations have benefitted from George's knowledge, including the Oxford County Federation of Agriculture where he's been a director for more than 20 years.
Diana MacDonald of Bracebridge has been a life-long mentor to young people in her community. For decades, she has volunteered for Scouts Canada, taught Sunday school and prepared breakfasts for local school children.
Barrie Moir of King City decided he wanted to give something back to the Mackenzie Health Hospital after an extended stay in 1994. To date, he has clocked over 7,000 volunteer hours of service there, earning him the nickname "Captain Band-Aid".
Carol Mole of Pickering is an extraordinary foster parent. For over four decades, she has cared for more than 175 children, including many with special needs.
Darlene Quinsey of Belleville founded Fixed Fur Life, an organization that works to reduce the number of stray animals by funding sterilization surgery. Under Darlene's leadership, the organization has helped to fix almost 20,000 animals since 2004.
Shane Renaud of Tecumseh is a lifelong advocate for the wellbeing of children in his community. He volunteered for many years with the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society, and continues his child protection advocacy in both his personal and professional life.
Steven Sanderson of Kitchener noticed that many students of Pioneer Park Public School couldn't afford to play hockey. Determined to find a solution, he created the school's popular Panther Hockey Program that provides new and reusable hockey equipment to students at no cost.
Mark Wafer of Collingwood speaks tirelessly about the competitive advantages of hiring people with disabilities, having hired 130 people with disabilities over the past 20 years. His passionate advocacy has influenced policy at all levels of government.
Ric Watson of Ottawa is a chef who provides more than nutritious meals to those who depend on the Ottawa Mission Homeless Shelter. As founder of the Mission's Food Service Training Program, Ric has helped countless individuals receive practical training, find jobs and create a new future.
Ronald Watts of Dorchester has maintained a life-long interest in preserving local heritage. In the 1960's, he was instrumental in the creation of a First Nations village reconstruction and museum at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area, where he continues to lead tours.
Murray Jibb of Bracebridge will be invested at a later date.
The following medal will be presented posthumously:
Jean Campbell of Drayton, whose generous volunteer work and cultural advocacy helped grow the Drayton Festival Theatre from its humble beginnings into the seven-venue phenomenon it is today.