From the Government of Ontario:
The Ontario government is recognizing the outstanding contributions of 22 individuals with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, the province’s second highest award for civilians who made a lasting impact in their communities and the province. Those invested with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship have devoted their lives to causes such as protecting Ontario’s natural heritage; promoting the arts, culture and sports; advocating for safer communities; and, assisting those in need.
Included among them is Bracebridge’s Mary Lou Chuter. Chuter has brought the gift of music to so many people in the various communities that she has called home. From her years leading large musical productions with the Clarkson Music Theatre, to volunteering in Bracebridge with the Rene Caisse Theatre, South Muskoka Memorial Hospital or Bracebridge United Church choir, Mary Lou has uplifted and inspired many others.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Billy Pang, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism honoured 2019 and 2020 recipients at a virtual ceremony yesterday. As this year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the award is particularly noteworthy. These civic-minded leaders have advanced a variety of causes and charities, from fundraising to research, helping marginalized groups feel more empowered.
“The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes exceptional long-term contributions to our province. We have learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that the most simple and obvious actions can be exceptional,” said the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “The intention, kindness, and commitment to community demonstrated by the 2019 and 2020 medal recipients inspire me and so many fellow Ontarians. I am pleased to be able to thank them, on behalf of a grateful province, for their meaningful and vital service.”
“Today, we honour the actions, dedication and commitment of these civic leaders, whose work continues to benefit their communities and province,” said Billy Pang, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honourees are ambassadors of Ontario Spirit, and role models for everyone in our province.”
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