Stittsville residents recognized with Sovereign’s Medals for Volunteers

(via City of Ottawa)

Today, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston was joined by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall. These residents were recognized for their exceptional volunteer achievements.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is awarded to individuals who have made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad. The honour, first presented by Governor General David Johnston in April 2016, is the highest volunteer honour in Canada.

There were several Stittsville residents among this year’s recipients:

  • Barbara Bottriell
  • John Curry
  • Paula Farrell
  • Thomas Grasza
  • Tysen Lefebvre
  • Brenda Tirrell


“I am very pleased to be able to recognize so many generous and compassionate people. I always come away from these ceremonies inspired by the level of passion, knowledge and dedication among volunteers. One way to create a more caring nation is by celebrating those who volunteer, by honouring them loudly and proudly.”

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston

“Volunteerism is a key to everything we do in the city. The support, talent and time that volunteers provide allow for hundreds of incredible festivals, fundraisers, City programs and initiatives to take place. Volunteers enrich our lives and have incredibly positive impacts on our communities. Their spirit helps make Ottawa the amazing city that it is.”

Mayor Jim Watson



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