April 16, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Awards will be presented to several outstanding New Brunswick volunteers during the 2009 Family and Community Volunteer Awards ceremony to be held in Saint John on Saturday, April 18.
The recipients are Marc Henrie, of Saint-Paul-de-Kent; Simonne Tardif, of Saint-Léonard; Natalie Leighton, of Moncton; and the Oromocto and area volunteer firefighters. Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson will make the presentations on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick.
The awards are being presented in honour of National Volunteer Week, April 19-25.
"These deserving volunteers have worked hard to make a difference in our province," said Brian Kenny, minister responsible for the community non-profit organizations secretariat. "They care about helping others and their communities. I congratulate them for their efforts and for their selfless dedication toward making New Brunswick a better place to be."
The New Brunswick Family and Community Volunteer Awards are awarded in four categories: youth, senior, adult and organization. Recipients in each category will present $1,000 to a non-profit organization of their choice, with funding provided by the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat.
Following are short biographies of each award recipient:
Marc Henrie - Youth category
Marc Henrie of Saint-Paul-de-Kent is a fourth-year university student working toward his bachelor of business administration degree. A volunteer and community leader, he serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Saint-Paul-de-Kent Fire Department, and is a member of the Saint-Paul-de-Kent recreation council. He is also president of the local service district, where he plays a leadership role in revitalizing and strengthening his community. As a spokesperson for youth, he was the president of the Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau Brunswick, and was a member of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth. In 2007, Henrie was named citizen of the year.
Non-profit organization to receive $1,000: Conseil récréatif de Saint-Paul.
Simonne Tardif - Senior category
Simonne Tardif of Saint-Léonard has been a volunteer for a number of non-profit organizations and committees in her region. She is involved with the Grand Falls Regional Food Bank Inc., both as a volunteer and member of the board. She has also been involved with Associées des Soeurs grises group in her local parish. For the past nine years, she has served as a board member for Foyer Notre-Dame de Saint-Léonard Inc. She is an active member of the Saint-Léonard parish, the Edmundston diocese pastoral care and social board, and the youth pastoral support committee. She also serves as vice-president of the Cercle culturel et historique Hilarion-Cyr Inc., and Rendez-vous des artistes symposium in Saint-Léonard.
Non-profit organization to receive $1,000: Grand Falls Regional Food Bank Inc.
Natalie Leighton - Adult category
Natalie Leighton of Moncton has been a volunteer for many years, serving as a Sunday school teacher, a Brownie leader and as a supporter of church fundraisers. She is involved in school nutrition programs for children at four schools in her area, and provides winter clothing to children in need. When tragedy claimed the lives of her niece and nephew, she became a driving force for the Danny and Jessica Angel Foundation, established in 2004 for needy children. As secretary-treasurer for the foundation, she is actively involved in organizing events, creating awareness about children in need, and building support within the business community.
Non-profit organization to receive $1,000: Danny and Jessica Angel Foundation of Portage Vale.
Oromocto and area volunteer firefighters - Organization category
The Town of Oromocto is served by a paid fire service, as well as an additional 30 volunteer firefighters. During a 12-month period, these volunteers contributed over 6,360 hours of service to their community. During the 2008 spring flood, they delivered food and water, pumped basements, accounted for residents, assisted with boat operations, and rescued livestock along the St. John River. While giving of their time to enhance the safety and security of their community during fire and accident calls, they also participate in a variety of community fundraisers. On an individual basis, they are known as Good Samaritans, performing good deeds for a neighbour or person in need. Their personal time, provided on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, builds a stronger community and ensures that residents are protected.
Non-profit organization to receive $1,000: Oromocto Relay for Life.
Previous New Brunswick Family and Community Volunteer recipients include:
Adult - Lila Barry (Miramichi)
Youth - Achsah Walsh (Hampton)
Senior - Marilyn Craft (Saint John)
Organization - Women and Family Violence Strategy Inc. (Chaleur)
Youth - Charline Savoie (Neguac)
Senior - Samuel Perkins (Florenceville)
Adult - Sandra MacBean (Stanley)
Organization - First Steps Housing Project Inc (Saint John)
Youth - Luc Deschênes (St-Joseph)
Senior - Alfreda Bérubé (Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska)
Adult - Marlene McClement (Hayesville)
Organization - Community Meals on Wheels Saint John Inc. (Saint John)
No awards were presented in the fall of 2005, in order to align the awards presentation with National Volunteer Week, which is held in the spring of each year.
Youth - Ashlyn Sanojca (Maces Bay)
Senior - Joan Donovan (Moncton)
Adult - Eric Gallant (Riverview)
Organization - York Manor Ladies Auxiliary (Fredericton)
Youth - Matthew Cassidy (Taymouth)
Senior - Helen Lees (Cambridge-Narrows)
Adult - Marilyn Cary (Grand Manan)
Organization - The Hampton Alliance for Lifelong Learning (Hampton)
Youth - Ricky Doiron (Dieppe)
Senior - Raymond Gionet (Caraquet)
Adult - Sandra Baxter (Kingston)
Organization - St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary (Dalhousie)
Youth - Christina Cole (Saint John)
Senior - Gemma Caron (Campbellton)
Adult - Helen Bernard (Charlo)
Organization - Queen North Health Complex Auxiliary (Minto)
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, 506-444-3522.