Hughes presents Jubilee Medal to Wikwemikong First Nation recipient

Wikwemikong – Andrew Manitowabi is a cornerstone of the Wikwemikong First Nation and truly deserving of recognition, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP, Carol Hughes.

The MP presented a 60th Anniversary commemorative medal to Mr. Manitowabi on Thursday, April 4th in Wikwemikong Andy’s Freshmart, with the assistance of Chief Duke Peltier. Friends and family were gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion.

“It is an honour to be able to recognize people who advocate on behalf of others and make their community a better place,” said Hughes.  “It is evident that Andrew Manitowabi has played an integral role in helping to define his community, in addition to his work to gain respect and equality for First Nations”.

“Andy is a pillar of community and a mentor to many,” said Wikwemikong First Nation Chief Duke Peltier. “The foundation of his success stems from his family guidance as well as ongoing community support. We are privileged to be a part of this recognition. “

“Mr. Manitowabi has contributed much to improving not only his community but the lives of so many, including veterans,” said Hughes. “I’m honoured to be able to present this medal which helps shine the spotlight on someone who has contributed so much.”

The following description was received in support of Andrew Manitowabi’s nomination;

Andrew Manitowabi is a WWII Veteran and self-made business man of Wikwemikong First Nation where he established the mainstay businesses, Andy’s Shell Station and Garage, Andy’s Clothing, hardware, grocery store, laundromat/coffee shop, amongst other business ventures. A founding member of South East Manitoulin Veterans Group, member of the Royal Canadian Legion and life member of the War Pensioners of Canada., he has worked tirelessly to gain respect and equality for First Nation Veterans. He is a leader and well respected elder who attends most community events, remembrance services and has been involved with the local high school, and other schools, on the Student/Veterans Partnership Agreement and the Student/Veterans Peace Pole Program. Mr. Manitowabi is a community orientated man who is well deserving of recognition.