Canada 150 Constituency Award: “Service to Country and Community”
Every Member of Parliament in the country has received twenty special Canada 150 pins made from the copper of the roof of the Parliament of Canada. These pins can be awarded by each Member of Parliament in whatever way she or he decides.
In order to celebrate extraordinary service to country and/or community by constituents in Hastings—Lennox and Addington, Mike Bossio MP is setting up an independent panel of five judges who will decide on the recipients of these pins, based on a call for nominations. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in September.
How to Nominate Someone:
The nomination can come from an individual or an organization like a Legion, service club, community organization, school, business, etc. The nomination form is available for download at www.mikebossiomp.ca or can be obtained by visiting the office (or satellite offices) of Mike Bossio MP.
Visit: 20-B Richmond Blvd, Napanee (or satellite office hours in Bancroft, Marmora, Stirling, Madoc, Tweed, Flinton, and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory)
Call for details: 1-866-471-3800
The award is for “service to country and/or community”. Within this overarching criterion, nominees may have individual criteria including but not limited to any one or more of the following (in alphabetical order):
- Environmental Stewardship
- Work toward combatting poverty
- Work toward ending discrimination
- Work toward gender equality
- Work toward Indigenous Reconciliation
- Work toward rural community sustainability
- Nominees must be Canadian citizens whose main address is within the boundaries of the electoral district of Hastings—Lennox and Addington.
- There are no age restrictions.
- The five judges are asked to have regard to gender balance, diversity, and regional representation in the awarding of the pins.
|Start of Call for Nominations||1 June 2017|
|Cutoff for Nominations||25 August 2017|
|Award Ceremony||12 September 2017|
Distinguished Independent Judges (in alphabetical order by last name)
|Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
Ms. Suzanne Brant is President of the First Nations Technical Institute. She has provided consultant services to the Chiefs of Ontario, Corrections Canada and Loyalist College, in addition to mentoring and counselling Indigenous students and clients at Loyalist and Kagita Mikam.
Mr. Patrick Johnston C.M. of Lonsdale is a Member of the Order of Canada. He spent 40 years working for a range of charitable and philanthropic organizations, mostly national organizations that range from the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy to the Canadian Council on Social Development.
Master Corporal Jarod Preston of Tweed serves in the Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment. He was raised on a 3rd generation farm in Hastings County, and after graduating from Centre Hastings Secondary School on the honour roll, he is pursuing a career in the construction industry, and will be getting married to his high school sweetheart, Natalie, this September. He looks forward to acknowledging deserving individuals in our riding in celebration of Canada’s 150th.
|Lennox & Addington
Ambassador (Ret’d) John Schram of Amherst Island is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs; a Senior Fellow at the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy; formerly Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Botswana, and Sierra Leone; and formerly Ambassador to Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, and Angola.
|Lennox & Addington
Ms. Mary-Lou Sonneveld of Napanee sits on the board of directors for the Napanee District Community Foundation and is involved with the United Church Women’s Group. She is a Past President of the Lioness Club of Napanee with over 25 years of service. She was a councillor for the Town of Greater Napanee, and has been involved in minor hockey and the fair board. She and her husband John have farmed in the area for the past 54 years.