Four Stittsville residents set to receive volunteer medals from Governor General

Governor General Volunteer Medals

(press release)

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 46 exceptional volunteers from Canada’s Capital Region at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, September 7. Four of the recipients are from Stittsville.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.

For more information about the program or to nominate an exceptional volunteer, visit

Stittsville recipients include:

Allison Adam, who has been assisting citizens both young and old in her community for over 17 years through the St. John Paul II elementary school, Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the Stittsville Food Bank. Her efforts have helped increase accessibility to food and nutritional resources as well as to various social services.

Ferzana Qadri, who is dedicated to creating a positive atmosphere at the Stittsville Food Bank. As its director of client services, she is dedicated to making the organization’s resources more accessible to clients. From training volunteers and organizing donation drives to delivering food items, she has made a difference in her community.

As chair of the Stittsville Food Bank, Theresa Qadri has helped with food collection and distribution, expanded community education and engagement, and established a summer garden to provide clients with fresh produce. Under her guidance, the organization has become more accessible and efficient.

For the past 16 years, Linda Schumacher has helped several organizations with fundraising, communications and event planning, as well as one-on-one support for people in need. Her efforts and dedication have led to the establishment of government-funded hospice services and improved health care access in eastern Ontario.


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