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(Posted 9:30 p.m., Oct. 28)
Monette offers community's appreciation to dedicated group of volunteers

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orleans Ward Coun. Bob Monette presents Tahawar Rana with a Volunteer Appreciation Certificate for his work as president of the Masjid Bilal Mosque. Photo supplied

Fourteen dedicated community volunteers were honoured by Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette last night during the councillor's third annual Volunteer Recognition Evening at the Orléans Quality Inn.

Among the recipients were Claude Bertand and Gerry Carisse from the Orleans Lions Club who help organize the councillors annual Canada Day Seniors Bingo; Orléans Community Garden president Marco Vallee; and long-time Orleans Legion volunteer Barbara Shier.

Donna Romey was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for the many volunteer hours she's contributed over the years as a board member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, Arts Ottawa East and the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.

Fellow Orléans Chamber of Commerce board member, Debbie Orth, was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for the contributions she's made to the organization over the past seven years.

Len Goddard was recognized for his work in taking the lead in helping to fund the construction of the Miracle League of Ottawa baseball diamond in Notre-Dame-des-Champs. Mr. Goddard is a board member and past president of the Rotary Club of Orléans.

Tahawar Rana is the president of the Masjid Bilal Mosque on Innes Road. Under his guidance, the Mosque has thrived in Orléans and has become a pillar of the community.

Émilie Anne Duval was recognized for the leading role she played in revitalizing the Queenswood Heights Community Association, which had been dormant for several years.

Among the other community association volunteers who were recognized during the evening were Fallingbrook Community Association president Zybina Richards; Convent Glen Orleans Wood Community Association president Miranda Gray; and Cardinal Creek Community Association vice-president Sandra Stefanik.

Nolan Smith was recognized by Coun. Monette for his work as Scouts Canada's Deputy Council Commissioner of Special Events, and community advocate and restaurateur Doug Feltmate was honoured for his many years of service to the community.

After the Volunteer Appreciation Awards were handed out, local business leader and community advocate Lionel Laurin of Ace Body Shop handed out his own awards.

The first went to Ramsey Mulbah, a young entrepreneur who was going to drop out of university to devout his full time to his fledgling landscaping business before Laurin talked him into doing both.

The other three awards went to Monette's office staff for all the work they've done in supporting the community behind the scenes, with little recognition.

Cynthia Morgan, Henri Gravelle and Lechelle Landry have been with Monette for years. Not surprisingly, he considers them the best staff in the city.

"I'm very proud of them and the work they do, and it was a wonderful gesture on Lionel's part to recognize them for all the work they do," said Monette.

As for the volunteer recipients, Monette said the evening was just a small way to say "thank you" for their selfless efforts in supporting their community.

"They are the true community builders, and they do it without any expectation of reward. They're the ones who help make the community what it is," said Monette.

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


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