2017 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship Recipients
The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honours individuals for their exceptional long-term efforts and outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities.
The 2017 recipients are:
Janice Barnes, of Bracebridge, who provides emotional support to the dying and bereaved by volunteering at hospitals, long-term care homes and hospices. She has shown a lifelong commitment to helping people through times of pain and need.
Jacobus de Bock, of Alma, a dedicated member of the Alma Optimist Club and a former public school teacher, who uses creative recreational activities to promote youth development and the importance of healthy, active lifestyles.
Doreen Field, of Ramara, who preserved local heritage by helping with the restoration of Fenelon Falls Train Station. She founded the Mansfield Ski Club, one of the largest employers in Dufferin County.
Loveen Gill, of Mississauga, who founded the Amar Karma Organ Donation Society, the first organization in Canada to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation in the South Asian community. Her efforts have contributed to a significant growth of registered donors in the Brampton area.
Abbas Homayed, of Sudbury, who has spent 30 years using his experience, opportunities, and business success to make a difference in the lives of newcomers, especially refugees. He has also helped expand youth mentorship programs and palliative care initiatives.
Stefan Mayer, of Ottawa, who has spent more than 25 years and 35,000 hours volunteering with The Ottawa Hospital. He arrives at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. to make sure that somebody is there to greet patients with a smile. He has also volunteered for 30 years with the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.
Paul Morton, of Coldwater, who has been an enthusiastic volunteer for over 50 years and is a dedicated mental health support advocate. Following his own mental health crisis, he became a support group facilitator, and now moderates an online mental health forum and teaches others how to set up peer support groups.
Gary Page, of Welland, a volunteer chaplain with the Niagara Regional Police Service, and a dedicated advocate for inclusivity. He has volunteered over 1,400 hours as a Service Chaplain. Gary also supports refugees entering Canada from the nearby border.
Mary Pappert, of Kitchener, who has advocated for affordable housing and transportation policies for over 30 years. She helped create Renters Educating and Networking Together, a group that seeks to improve the lives of tenants in the Waterloo Region.
Maurice Rollins, of Belleville, a successful business leader in Belleville who shared his lifetime battle with depression in his book, 'The Incredible Journey of Maurice Rollins.' He donated the book proceeds to the local Canadian Mental Health Association. With this gift, they established the Maurice Rollins Centre of Hope.
Pierrette Vezina, of Ottawa, who has volunteered at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health for the past 10 years. As the volunteer coordinator with the seniors program, she increased the number of active volunteers from 14 to more than 400, greatly increasing the centre's capacity to serve the community.