Local residents honoured in celebration of Volunteer Week

PEMBROKE – Volunteers from Barry’s Bay, Wilno, Combermere, and Killaloe, and beyond were honoured on April 23.

In recognition of volunteer week, a 10 a.m. ceremony took place at Algonquin College in Pembroke.
Governor General David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston made a special visit to the area to honour numerous volunteers and volunteer organizations.
About 150 representatives from various volunteer organizations within Renfrew County were invited.
From individuals who work at service clubs, to the health care sector, to cultural and recreational institutions, people from across the various municipalities gathered to be recognized.
Each Head of Council was asked to nominate three volunteers from their region.
Mayor David Shulist decided on individuals from Barry’s Bay, Wilno and Combermere.
Beth Hildebrandt was chosen from the Barry’s Bay area, as she’s helped with various initiatives throughout the township, the Mayor explained.
Edward Chippior from Wilno was honoured at the gathering as well for his work in promoting and preserving Kashubian culture, and heritage in Canada.
And David Kelley, from Combermere, was recognized for his work in helping to build the Mission House Museum.
“As Mayor, I am proud of these individuals and they are very deserving of meeting our Governor General,” Shulist said.
Individuals from the Killaloe – Hagarty – Richards Township were also honoured at the gathering. Nominees included, Marcie Campbell, Mario Rosandic and Doris Hudder.Story continues in the April 24, 2013 issue of The Valley Gazette.