Hughes Presents Jubilee Medals to Local Recipients During Assignack Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony

Assiginack Volunteers are the heartbeat of a community and deserve recognition, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes was in Manitowaning to present Queen’s 60th Anniversary commemorative medals to local recipients Jean Case, Robert Allen, Jean McLennon, Rev. Redvers C. Butler, and Colin Pick.  The MP joined Reeve Ham and Council at a ceremony Friday evening in the Assiginack Municipal office.  Recipients were joined by friends and family to help celebrate the occasion. 

“It is a special privilege to be able to honour these people who contribute to their country and communities,” said Hughes.  “It is clear that the people we are celebrating this evening have made their mark in many special ways and I am happy that good work has been recognized.”

“These individuals have given of themselves at every turn and it is a pleasure to be able to join with everyone in support of their efforts,” said Reeve Brad Ham. “This is a feel-good event that highlights selfless individuals and speaks to their character in a nice way.”

The following short descriptions were received in support of the medal recipient’s nominations:

Jean McLennon - At 94 years young, Jean remains involved in many community activities which have helped define her community, including still holding positions on a number of boards. Her involvement includes business, arts, culture, heritage, church and recreational organizations.

Colin Pick - Colin is a very active war veteran who has been involved on many boards and with many organizations. He is a founding member of the Southeast Manitoulin Veterans Group, member of the War Pensioners of Canada, as well as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He is an active and tireless advocate for seniors and veterans and for those in need.

Robert Allen- Robert is a veteran who served in the Canadian Army as a Military Police Officer for 18 years. Although he suffered serious injuries during a work related rescue, he continues to advocate for others, especially veterans with health issues. He is described as a "True Hero".

Rev. Redvers C. Butler - Rev. Butler is a veteran and Padre of Unit #19 Korea Veterans & War Pensioners of Canada (North Shore Branch). He educates young people through the Peace Pole Program and encourages meaningful hobbies. He is always willing to give of himself to others.

Jean Case - Jean has been a very active member of the South East Manitoulin Lions Club and volunteers for all kinds of community events. She worked and volunteered in the health care field, been a foster parent and is described as a senior who cares and helps others, young and old.