In celebration of our country’s sesquicentennial anniversary, Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, unveiled the Canada 150 Service Medallion – a commemoration coin in recognition of Brandon-Souris volunteers who have made outstanding contributions in their community.
The nominations for this award are for deserving individuals who, through their volunteerism, have enriched the lives of others and have made a lasting impact in their community. Maguire launched the Canada 150 Service Medallion in response to the Liberal government breaking tradition and cancelling the practice of issuing a commemorative medal to mark important anniversaries and other great occasions.
Maguire said, “This is the first time in history that the federal government will not recognize hardworking Canadian volunteers on a milestone anniversary of Confederation. I firmly believe that Westman volunteers should be recognized for their efforts, and the Canada 150 Service Medallion provides the perfect way to do just that.”
Volunteers who meet the following criteria are eligible for a Canada 150 Service Medallion: demonstrated initiative, leadership, and creativity in their service to others; have served as a role model for others in their community; or, have improved the overall quality of life of fellow citizens and the community as a whole.
In order to nominate someone, the nominator must ensure the nominee’s efforts are voluntary and not paid. Nominees must be a resident of Brandon-Souris and a Canadian Citizen. Nominators may only nominate one person and all areas of the nomination form must be completed and submitted by June 15th.
All applications will be presented to the selection committee, which will determine the 30 volunteers who will be selected to receive the Canada 150 Service Medallion. Nominators will receive a letter informing them of the status of their nominee and all nominees will receive a letter thanking them for their community contribution. Those selected will be presented their Canada 150 Service Medallion at an event in July, 2017.
Maguire concluded, “The people of Westman are among the most generous in the country when it comes to volunteering their time in their communities. I am thrilled to be able to formally recognize dedicated individuals through the Canada 150 Service Medallion.”
To nominate an individual you can do so by visiting www.larrymaguire.ca/canada150 or by emailing Larry.Maguire@parl.gc.ca to receive a nomination form. Anyone who has questions can call Maguire’s Parliamentary Office at 613-995-9372.