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Renfrew County volunteers praised for 2,632 years of service

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

 

PETAWAWA - Volunteers from across Renfrew County were honoured for years of selfless dedication to their communities during a special ceremony at the Petawawa Civic Centre.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Award was presented to 164 recipients. The award honours thousands of citizens who generously contribute their time as volunteers across the province. It is estimated five million Ontarians donate 800 million volunteer hours each year.

This year’s county-wide recipients contributed a combined 2,632 years of volunteer service. The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration sponsors the awards which recognize volunteers who put in five to 60-plus continuous years of service with a certificate and an award stylized as a trillium.

Leading the recipients was the longest-serving volunteer, Amy Neill of Arnprior, who has committed 50 years with White Lake Women's Institute - Renfrew South District. Grace Yantha-Blimkie, of Renfrew, has dedicated 45 years with Federated Women's Institute of Ontario – Glasgow. Joan Reid, of Renfew, has devoted 45 years with Women's Institute - Balsam Hill-Horton.

Roméo L. Levasseur and Joyce Schleen, both of Pembroke, were recognized for 40 years with the Pembroke and Area Fiddling Association. The Deep River and District Hospital Auxiliary had six volunteers who have served 40 years. Dedicating four decades to the auxiliary were Betty Anderche, Clare Curley, Lynne Kelly, Carol-Ann O'Brien, Jacquelynn Slater and Heather Wright.

Pat Mons, of Petawawa, was recognized for 40 years with the Corporation of the Town of Petawawa. Jean Campbell, of Pembroke, was honoured for 40 years with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 Ladies Auxiliary. Cynthia Wilson, of Pembroke, was recognized for 40 years with the Girl Guides of Canada – Ontario Council – Community 27B. Marion Horner, and, of Foresters Falls, were honoured for 40 years with Foresters Falls Women's Institute.

Here are the other recipients of the volunteer award:

Receiving the volunteer award from the Pembroke/Petawawa Lions Club were Tony Doucette (30 years), Shelley Gauthier (25 years), George Hopkins (15 years), Michael Potvin (10 years), and Jacqueline Cotton (10 years). David Grady was recognized for 20 years with the Petawawa Housing Corporation. Paul Ballantyne was recognized for 30 years with the Professional Engineers Ontario – Algonquin Chapter. Tom Mohns was recognized for 15 years with the Petawawa Centennial Family Health Centre. Dale Noffke was recognized for five years with the Pembroke Public Library.

Recipients from the Royal Canadian Legions – Ladies Auxiliary Branch 72 were Bea Quait (15 years), Didi Leonard (five years), Lillian Larouche (five years), Lynn Retty (five years), and Karen Tunn (five years). Receiving the volunteer award from the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN) were Doug Steeves (five years) and Noella Chaput Stevens (five years). Sue McCrae and Cindy Simpson were recognized for five years with Family and Children's Services of Renfrew County.

Recognized for their service with the Pembroke and Area Fiddling Association were Heather Levasseur (35 years), Ronald Parker (30 years), Lucille Nighbor (25 years), and Pat Nighbor (25 years).

Recognized for service with Meals on Wheels – Petawawa were Bill Lilly and Pat Lilly, both with 30 years. Recognized for their service with Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Programs were Kyle Taylor (25 years) and Deborah Auchinleck (20 years). Recipients from the Pembroke Horticultural Society were Robert Lisk (20 years), David Metzger (five years), Ellen Vandersleen (five years), Eva Krieger (five years), and Denise Corriveau (five years). Eleanor Waite was recognized for 35 years with Foresters Falls Women's Institute.

Recipients from the Petawawa Civic Centre Fundraising Committee were Nelson Bacciaglia (20 years), Mark Bourque (20 years), Yvette Bourque (20 years), Todd Farrell (20 years), Theresa Sabourin (20 years), and Willard Schwantz (15 years). Recognized for service with the Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County were Elaine Kingsbury (20 years), Natascha Bourgault (10 years), Pam Lambert (10 years), and Brianna McNulty (five years). Recognized for service with Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre were Jill Carnegie (10 years) and John Tallon (five years).

Recognized for service with Bernadette McCann House for Women were Mary Seaman (20 years), Rhodina Turner (10 years), and Treena Utronkie (five years). Recipients from the Girl Guides of Canada – Ontario Council – Community 27B were Diane Norris (35 years), Susan Keech (25 years), Sharon Stacey (10 years), and Becky Ellis-Downey (10 years). Recipients from the Senior Citizens' Drop-In Craft and Activity Centre were Orma Grahl (10 years), Margaret Ferguson (five years), Marcail MacGillivray (five years), Margit Templeton (five years), and Lorne Troutman (five years). Recognized for service with the Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group were Marg Turner (20 years), Diane Burnett (15 years), Karine Akre (five years), and Terri Saunders (five years).

Recipients from the County of Renfrew were Vi Schultz (20 years), June Syrie (20 years), Jane Haley (15 years), Lola Cotie (15 years), and Cristina Barry (five years). Recognized for service with the Deep River and Area Food Bank were Anne Seck (10 years) and Larrie Thomson (five years). Recognized for service with Valley Employee and Family Assistance Program were Brian Cull (20 years), Ron Reiche (10 years), Lillian Dunbar (10 years), Nancy Doran (five years), and Ian Wilkie (five years).

Recipients from the Eganville and District Seniors Association were Gertrude Berger (25 years), Rhoda Caldwell (15 years), Irene Churchill (15 years), Gillian Fletcher (10 years) Betty Haddad (10 years), and Rita Valiquette (10 years). Recipients from the North Renfrew Long-Term Care Services were Candy Bishop (10 years), Lucille Christie (10 years), Anne Godreau (10 years), Bruce Munro (10 years), Sharon Munro (10 years), and Marley McClure (five years). Recognized for service with the Laurentian Hills Public Library were Dora Cecil (20 years) and Maureen Bakewell (five years).

Recipients from the Eganville Horticultural Society were Lillian Jeannotte (20 years), Barbara Dube (five years), Kathryn Kasaboski (five years), Nelda Markham (five years), and Sue Stahlke (five years). Recipients from the Barry's Bay and Area Senior Citizens Home Support were Shirley Etmanski (20 years), Hazel Switzer (15 years), Maxine Smaglinskie (10 years), Lorna Hudder (five years), Jane Dumas (five years), and Terry Pecarski (five years). Recognized for service with Bonnechere Manor were Frank Campbell (15 years), Roy Laprade (five years), Mary Moss (five years), Judy Ryan (five years), and Carol Sulpher (five years).

Recipients from the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario – Glasgow were Carol Neill (25 years), Laurie Gauvreau (20 years), and Sandy Miller (five years). Recognized for service with the Opeongo Seniors Centre were Donna Smith (20 years), Marlene Savage (10 years), Chris Van Hoof (10 years), Ted Van Hoof (10 years), Dorothy Wilson (10 years), and Roger Wilson (10 years). Recipients from North Algona/Wilberforce Township were Roger Clarke (15 years), Jim Dumoulin (15 years), John Warlich (15 years), Kim Jahn (10 years), Stephen Kelly (10 years), Helen White (10 years), and Erika Clarke (five years).

Recipients from Horton Township Recreation Department were Mackie McLaren (25 years), Eric Dougherty (10 years), Clara Gallawan (10 years), William Gallawan (10 years), Sylvia Giroux (10 years), Willis Eady-Riopelle (10 years), and Arleigh Prince (youth). Recognized for five years with the Renfrew and Area Seniors' Home Support were Dave Bennett, R.A. Cameron, Joan Daley, Donald Moulds, Minnie Ruddy and Heather St. Michael.

Recipients from White Lake Women's Institute – Renfrew South District were Anita Schubrink-Delarge (35 years), Jo-Anne Camelon (35 years), Carole Campbell (35 years), Jane Maisonneuve (30 years), and Karyn Martin (20 years). Recipients from Women's Institute – Balsam Hill-Horton were Karen Pender (35 years), Valerie Betty Briscoe (30 years), Lynn Clelland (30 years), and Joanne McDonald (30 years). Recipients from the Arnprior Regional Health Auxiliary were Richard Aubin (10 years), Debbie Slater (10 years), Helen Dean (10 years), Patricia Bambrick (five years), Donna Harvey (five years), Lise Rebertz (five years). Recognized for service with Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives were Al Graham (15 years) and Mary Campbell (10 years).

SChase@postmedia.com