Hughes Presents Jubilee Medal to Espanola Recipients

Espanola – People like Joanne Laframboise and Donald Allen make good communities better, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes was in Espanola to present Queen’s 60th Anniversary commemorative medals to Laframboise and Allen with the assistance of Councillor Timothy Howard on Friday, April 5th at the Seniors Club weekly Bingo. Friends and family were on hand to help celebrate this auspicious occasion. 

“I am always happy to help honour people who make their community a better place,” said Hughes.  “It is clear that Donald and Joanne have made their mark on this community and I am thrilled that their good work is being recognized.”

“I am glad to join the celebrations in honour of these special people,” said Espanola Councillor Timothy Howard. “It is nice to be able to give something back to individuals who go the extra mile for others.”

“People like Joanne and Donald only add to the fabric of a community,” said Hughes. “I’m honoured to present these medals and join with the community in celebrating their contributions.”

Hughes noted she had already presented a medal to Espanola resident Raymond Constantineau at a separate ceremony in March.

The following short descriptions were received in support of the nominations for Donald Allen and Joanne Laframboise:

Donald Allen - Mr. Allen has taught tennis in Sault Ste. Marie, Elliot Lake and Espanola for seniors: these groups continue to flourish. Don sings in the United Church choir, and has done so wherever he's resided. For five years he taught students and teachers in East Africa for the University of New Brunswick through CIDA.  Although retired for 25 years, he’s been extremely involved in the community including with: the local Seniors Group, Friends of the Library, and the Historical Society.

Joanne Laframboise - Joanne is president of the Senior’s Club. She has given much of her time over to increasing the Club's membership as well as activities that keep seniors involved and active like parties, exercises, card games, concerts and more. She is very active in the Anglican Church and the Historical Society and chairs the Friends of the Library Group. Joanne is a busy wonderful volunteer in Espanola.