Local volunteer wins special award from Governor General

WILNO – The man who kick-started local Kashubian cultural awareness is now the recipient of the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

David Shulist received notification that he had been nominated for and was chosen as the recipient of an award that recognizes the hard work of volunteers across the country. Although he does not know who nominated him, he recently received the wearable medal in the mail.

“I feel good about it,” Shulist said. “I was blessed with a vision when I got started.”

The medal is an official Canadian honour, and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, which Shulist also received in 2008. The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers in a wide range of fields.

According to the nomination process, once a nomination is received, it is reviewed by the Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Each nomination is carefully researched and then reviewed by an advisory committee, which makes recommendations to the Governor General.

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