11:30 a.m., June 7)
MP honours community volunteers with Heart of Gold Award
By Fred Sherwin
Bertillia Christian receives her Heart of
Gold Award from Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal
Galipeau during this year's award banquet.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
he's not doing things for the Lions he is busy organizing
youth sports activities and is actively involved in his
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
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.
recipients of the 2013 Heart of Gold Awards include...
Ira & Solange Saunders
Sandra Rocha Taylor
Robert E. Leduc
Maureen Rooney Mitchell
Gisèle et Fernand Charette
and Jeff MacKenzie
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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