Every April, Canadians celebrate National Volunteer Week by recognizing our volunteers and show our appreciation for everything they do to make our communities such great places to live. This year I had the pleasure of presenting the first annual Simcoe—Grey MP Community Leader Awards which recognize volunteer excellence in the riding. The Awards honour exceptional constituents who, through their outstanding volunteer work, have made a positive difference in the community. Congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s awards!
William Hammond was awarded the Simcoe—Grey MP Community Volunteer Award in the Youth category for going above and beyond in making a positive difference in the lives of others through volunteering. Since 2016, William has dedicated his time giving back to the community through volunteering, raising funds, and increasing awareness for palliative care at the Hospice Georgian Triangle. At only 13 years old, William continues volunteering to better serve others in the community and finds creative ways to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raymond Hardisty was awarded the Simcoe—Grey MP Community Volunteer Award in the Adult category for his commitment, dedication, and service to improve his community by volunteering for not-for-profit organizations, service clubs, community programs etc. Through his care of the community and Sick Kids Hospital, Raymond dedicates his time fundraising and raising awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network. To date, Raymond has raised $77,707 for CMN, and through his COVID-19 bottle drive, he raised $16,307 in 2020. Raymond’s 2021 goal is to fundraise an overall total of $100,000!
David Sadleir was awarded the Simcoe—Grey MP Community Volunteer Award in the Senior category for positively impacting the wellbeing of other Seniors in his community. For nearly two decades, David has been fighting against diabetes by raising awareness, identifying risks, and supporting early detection systems through education, supportive programs and diabetic research. His dedication to the preservation of the Sir Frederick Banting Homestead, continued support of the Foundation, and development of programs is an outstanding example of those who deserve this award.
The Georgian Triangle Humane Society was awarded the Business recipient of the MP Community Volunteer Award for contributing to the positive development and enhancement of the community. The Georgian Triangle Humane Society is a non-for-profit charity in the South Georgian Bay area. Due to the high demand in veterinary services, the GTHS Companion Animal Hospital has opened from 1 day a week to 4 days a week to help low income pet owners in the community. The hours of volunteers have drastically increased, but the selflessness and team spirit from all volunteers has been outstanding!
The Interact Club of Collingwood was the Service Club recipient of the MP Community Volunteer Awards for enriching the lives of people in Collingwood and surrounding areas. COVID-19 has profoundly impacted service clubs, but this hasn’t stopped the Interact Club from raising funds and providing benefits for their members. The club has prospered during the pandemic by organizing several fundraising initiatives from the online Pie Rotarian in the face, cleaning up the community with the 12 days of Christmas, and helping the homeless youth by creating recycled papered bows and donating the funds to the Barbara Weider House.