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National Honours for volunteers


The Office of the Governor General of Canada earlier this year informed some local citizens that they had been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Award announcements had been delayed due to COVID-19, but now two local recipients have been officially recognized of their Canadian Honours by the Office of the Governor General of Canada.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers honours individuals who have demonstrated passion, dedication and commitment to their communities through significant, sustained and unpaid voluntary contributions. Through their efforts, they have made a difference in fields including the arts, organized sports, youth and community organizations, and social issues. Their achievements include long-term, significant fundraising or lifetime dedication to service within community organizations. Through tireless and selfless volunteerism, the recipients being recognized have not only made their communities a better place, but have also brought honour to Canada.
The following recipients were nominated by fellow citizens in The Pas for their outstanding commitment to volunteerism within our community.
Linda McFarland - For thirty years, Linda McFarland has been organizing the annual Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival Arts and Crafts Show. Through her leadership, she has grown the event from a small showcase of a dozen artists to a vibrant community event that exemplifies the best of northern arts and crafts.
Peter Mosondz - For 25 years, Peter Mosondz’s dedication and efforts as a member of the Citizens on Patrol Program in The Pas, Manitoba, have contributed to creating a cleaner, safer community for all. He can also be found assisting with program fundraisers and raffles, as well as helping local seniors with their shopping and yardwork.
McFarland, was invested with her medal at a Trappers’ Festival meeting and Mosondz, was invested at a private family ceremony.
Encouraging excellence is at the core of every Governor General’s mandate. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is the highest honour for volunteer service that an individual can receive within the Canadian Honours System. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers may be presented by the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors, territorial commissioners, mayors or volunteer organizations. Any person can nominate an individual to be considered for a Canadian Honour. Each nomination is researched before being reviewed by an independent advisory committee, which then makes recommendations to the Governor General.
Nominations for the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. If you know an inspiring individual who deserves recognition for making a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution that has had a positive impact on their community in Canada or brought honour to Canada abroad, nominate them today, via https://www.gg.ca/en/honours/canadian-honours/sovereigns-medal-volunteers/nominate-someone. If anyone wants help submitting someone for recognition, contact Ralph McLean at Opasquia Times 204-623-3435