BRANTFORD – Phil McColeman, member of parliament for Brantford-Brant, and Brant MPP Dave Levac, hosted a ceremony and celebration last week at the Sanderson Centre to present 150 individuals and organizations from the Brantford-Brant riding with a special award to commemorate Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthday.
The sesquicentennial anniversary of Canada is a rare opportunity to celebrate this significant occasion by recognizing those who have gone above and beyond in their service and desire to be responsible citizens.
This unique award serves to honour those who have made substantial contributions in their community, province and country and acknowledges that others are truly grateful for their hard work, dedication, energy and passion.
Recipients were chosen through a nomination process under various categories including community builders, agriculture, caregivers, educators, entrepreneurs, faith leaders, emergency responders, good neighbours, arts culture and heritage, athletes, coaches, students, seniors, and service clubs.
“Today is a wonderful occasion to celebrate those who have dedicated themselves to service for their fellow citizens, their community and their country,” said McColeman. “Some of these individuals are widely recognized for their tremendous contributions, while others represent the unsung heroes of our community. This award signifies our tremendous gratitude for everything that they do.”
“Our community has such a large body of selfless volunteers who give of their time and resources. They make this community the best place to live, work, play and raise a family, said Levac. “It is fitting that Phil and I come together to celebrate these fine people as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada and Ontario. These people are but a sample of the many more who volunteer to make us the envy of the world.”
Those recognized for their outstanding contributions include:
Retired Auxiliary Staff Sgt. Norm Barrieau
Charles (Chuck) Beach
Cst. Andrea Cooper
Sgt. Brad Cotton
Deputy Chief Rob Dinner
Rev. Florence Edwards
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Kunej
Lansdowne Children’s Centre
Retired Sgt.Grahame Lee
Dr. Donald Lowcock
Paris Agricultural Society
Rev. Deane Proctor
Sgt. Ramona Ryan
Rien Vanden Enden
Carol Ann Wilson