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(Posted 11:30 a.m., June 7)
Ottawa-Orléans MP honours community volunteers with Heart of Gold Award

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Bertillia Christian receives her Heart of Gold Award from Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau during this year's award banquet. File photo


Ninety-one area residents were recently honoured by Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau for their selfless commitment to their community during the 6th annual Heart of Gold Awards.

This year's recipients came from a variety of backgrounds and were recognized for their volunteer efforts in their school community, their church community and minor sports.

The recipients were honoured in 11 different categories: Arts and Culture; Businesses Serving the Community; Older Citizens Serving; Our Service Clubs; Serving the Community; Serving our Schools; Serving our Guides and Scouts; Serving our Health and Well-Being; Serving our Places of Worship; Serving our Troops and Veterans; and Serving our Resource Centres.

"Volunteerism greatly enriches our community. "There are about 300 organizations in Ottawa-Orléans whose vital natural resource is their team of volunteers. Without them, Orléans would not be what it is today. They make a difference," said Galipeau.

"To all of these big hearts, I thank you for your countless hours and for improving the quality of life of those around you," he added. "Your talent, knowhow and dedication are helping to build the Orléans of tomorrow, an Orléans where helping, sharing and selflessness are valued."

Among this year's recipients was Bertillia Christian who is a member of the International Toastmasters Club and has been actively involved in setting up two local chapters. She has also volunteered for a number of community events including the annual Global Community Alliance's Black History Month dinner and gala.

Mark Marcogliese is a charter member of the Gloucester North Lions Club which was founded in1995. He is devoted to those in need in the community and has played a leadership role in coordinating the Magical Village during the holiday season and the Lions Bingo among other things.

When he's not doing things for the Lions he is busy organizing youth sports activities and is actively involved in his church community.

Donna Roney has been an integral member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, serving as a Board Director for approximately six years. She is the chair of the Cahmber's Business Showcase Committeeas well as the Business Excellence Awards Committee.

Since taking on the role of the executive director at the Chamber, she has provided the orgaization with guidance and assistance, all of which she graciously volunteers. In addition, for the past two years, she has volunteered at the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.

Other recipients of the 2013 Heart of Gold Awards include...

Remi Beaudin
Linda Clarke
Lisa Concessi-Maclean
Ron Conlin
Colin Dickson
Peter Smith
Ira & Solange Saunders
Natasha Parriag
Grant Lynch
Ron Lachance
Marty Keates
Joe Hiscott
Liliane George
Debbie Duval
Colleen Dupuis-Strong
Laura Dudas
Pierre-Jerome Musset
Gail Musset
Janet Robinson
Natalie Sanko
Sandra Rocha Taylor
Liliane Beauchamp
Sylvie Bourdeau
Nandy Cassamajor
Monique Cuierrier
Lional Duclos
Richard Doré
Robert E. Leduc
Denis Poulin
Carolle Séguin
Maureen Rooney Mitchell
Anne Cure
Trisha Cloutier
Sylvie Jeaurond
Maxime Touchette
Ray Ball
Andreas Trau
Karen Bergenstein
Jean-Guy Nault
Isabelle Wilkie
Geneviève Rivard
Louis Patry
William Ubbink
Gisèle et Fernand Charette
Kelly Steele
Jeannine Landry
Brenda Sutherland
and Jeff MacKenzie

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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