National Honour for Alberta Volunteers – Fall 2020

Lieutenant Governor Lakhani presented the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 14 dedicated Albertans in a series of small group, individual and online ceremonies held in Edmonton and Calgary and via Zoom from November 9 to 24.  All COVID-19 protocols were strictly observed throughout.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is a national honour that recognized the tireless service and dedication of Canada’s hardworking volunteers. Her Honour presented the medals on behalf of the Governor-General of Canada.

“These inspiring citizens have freely shared their energy, talent and enthusiasm with others because they believe in a brighter and stronger future. It’s is my sincere pleasure to present them with this honour and to thank them for sharing their kind, forward-looking and hopeful spirits with us all.” Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

The medal program is administered by the Chancellery of Honours and accepts public nominations. Program details

Congratulations to the recipients:

Patricia Cimmeck, Calgary, Alberta – As the coordinator and administrator of the Ostomy Youth Camp since 1992, Patricia Cimmeck has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of children with ostomies. She has also volunteered with the Ostomy Canada Society for more than 25 years, where she has served in numerous roles, including secretary, vice-president and president.

Lisa Gausman, Calgary, Alberta – For the last 15 years, Lisa Gausman has served in a variety of roles with the Ostomy Canada Society, notably as senior editor of its magazine and as social media administrator. As an administrator of the Ostomy Youth Camp, she has helped ensure Canadian youth with ostomies get to experience camp in a safe and accepting environment.

Below are some photos from the event:

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