Governor General announces 49 Caring Canadian Awards

by NationTalk on April 17, 20083087 Views

April 17, 2008

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today the names of 49 recipients of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.Created in 1996 by the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, the award is presented to individuals and groups whose unpaid, voluntary contributions provide extraordinary help or care to people in the community. Recipients have served over a number of years and normally have not been recognized previously by a national or provincial honour.

The award consists of a framed certificate and a lapel pin for everyday wear. The award symbol represents Canadians who selflessly give of their time and energy to others. Presentations will be made at a later date by a dignitary designated by the Governor General or, on occasion, by the Governor General when she travels in communities across Canada, or at Rideau Hall during National Volunteer Week.

The names and citations of the recipients follow.

Additional information about this award can be found at


Media information
Marie-Paule Thorn
Rideau Hall Press Office


Zeba Ahmad
Saskatoon, Sask.

Claudette Blais
Laval, Que.

Andrew Paul Block
Delta, B.C.

René Boucher
Laval, Que.

Lucienne Boucher Buchanan
Laval, Que.

Clarence Brazier
Sprucedale, Ont.

Balliram Chadee
Ajax, Ont.

Julien Chouinard
Laval, Que.

Rosa Christensen
Pierrefonds, Que.

Michel Cloutier
Laval, Que.

Margaret E. Cooper
Toronto, Ont.

Elisabeth Couture
Lévis, Que.

Pat Davidson
Toronto, Ont.

Almas Dhrolia-Jiwani
Mississauga, Ont.

Bill Docking
Teulon, Man.

Mae Forbes
Bridgewater, N.E.

Lucy French
Lachine, Que.

Paul Greer
Ottawa, Ont.

Lorne James Gushue
Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Paul R. Hanson
Northampton, N.B.

Allan Hubley
Kanata, Ont.

Cheryl Hughes
Surrey, B.C.

Father Howard J. Keon
Toronto, Ont.

Evelyn Louise King
Brossard, Que.

Bahi Krishnakhanthan
Ajax, Ont.

Mary Lapointe Donatelli
Laval, Que.

John F. Le Guerrier
Laval, Que.

J. Adrien Maltais
Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs, Que.

Winnifred Grace McAra
Edmonton, Alta.

Jack Clifford McFarland
Hamilton, Ont.

Sister Maura Mary Bridget McGrath
Halifax, N.S.

Marilyn Mecke
Brantford, Ont.

Jennifer Lyn Moorlag
Whitehorse, Y.T.

Jean-Guy Nadeau
Montréal, Que.

Mary Peterson
Grande Prairie, Alta.

Joseph Quinn
Verdun, Que.

Ann Gwyn Roberts
North Vancouver, B.C.

Eva Elizabeth Rodgerson
O’Leary , P.E.I.

Joan Winnifred Rogers
Toronto, Ont.

Margaret A. Rowe
Conception Bay South, N.L.

Donald Douglas Shultz
Ottawa, Ont.

L. Elaine Simpson
Toronto, Ont.

Mary Sinclair
Ottawa, Ont.

Rebecca St. Cyr
Navan, Ont.

Lynne Irene Stacey
Orleans, Ont.

Evelyn B. Walsh
Bridgewater, N.S.

John H. Walsh
Bridgewater, N.S.

Josephine Wright
Toronto, Ont.

Katie Zeppieri
Whitby, Ont.

Cheryl Hughes, Surrey, British Columbia
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Cheryl Hughes is a social worker who has repeatedly gone beyond her regular duties to aid others in the community of Nelson, particularly Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. She has dedicated more than 30 years to helping families and individuals to deal with the complications of severe disabilities, often welcoming children and adults into her home to better serve their special needs. For the past three years, she has shared her home with a doctor affected by a complex neurological condition, and led a successful campaign to enable him to receive corrective surgery. She has also volunteered within the Aboriginal community, and helped to establish the first provincially funded community living services for First Nations people with multiple disabilities.

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