Two Pres­cott-Rus­sell wo­men ho­nou­red at War­den’s Ban­quet

Tribune Express - - ACTUALITÉS - NEWS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Ma­rie-Claire Ivans­ki had trouble seeing anyone through the tears in her eyes, Sa­tur­day night at the Vank­leek Hill Com­mu­ni­ty Centre, when she step­ped out in front of the au­dience to re­ceive the J-P St-Pierre Award for ex­cep­tio­nal com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice.

“I wasn’t real­ly pre­pa­red for this,” Ivans­ki said, as she tried and fai­led se­ve­ral times to stifle her sobs. “This is an award for (the me­mo­ry of) a man who means a lot to all of us.”

Ivans­ki, a re­sident of Rus­sell Town­ship, and Louise Sproule, Vank­leek jour­na­list and pu­bli­sher, were both na­med as this year’s re­ci­pients for the J-P St-Pierre Award. They are first dual re­ci­pients for the award since it was crea­ted in 2015.

The award is in me­mo­ry of Jean-Paul StPierre, for­mer mayor of Rus­sell Town­ship, who died in 2014, and who was well-known for his love and sup­port of pro­jects and pro­grams that hel­ped both the com­mu­ni­ty at large and in­di­vi­duals in need of aid. The pur­pose of the J-P St-Pierre Award is to ce­le­brate in­di­vi­duals who make “ex­cep­tio­nal contri­bu­tions” to com­mu­ni­ties of Pres­cottRus­sell.

Ivans­ki’s no­mi­na­tion for the award stems from her years of vo­lun­teer work, both for lo­cal pro­jects and pro­grams, and for na­tio­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Ca­na­dian Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. Du­ring the past 15 years that Ivans­ki has been in­vol­ved with the foun­da­tion, she has hel­ped to raise more than $600,000 to as­sist with breast can­cer re­search, treat­ment, and sup­port.

Her other vo­lun­teer work in­cludes pre­sen­ta­tions at lo­cal schools on health ea­ting, en­cou­ra­ging stu­dents to be proac­tive in their own com­mu­ni­ty, and other is­sues. Over the years Ivans­ki has re­cei­ved the Ca­na­dian Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion’s Li­fe­time Achie­ve­ment Award and its Vo­lun­teer Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vice Award, the On­ta­rio Se­nior of the Year Award, and is one of the Ca­na­dian re­ci­pients of a Queen Eli­za­beth II Dia­mond Ju­bi­lee Me­dal.

Mas­ter of ce­re­mo­nies Sté­phane Pa­ri­sien des­cri­bed Louis Sproule as “a true am­bas­sa­dor for Pres­cott and Rus­sell” du­ring the pre­sen­ta­tion of the se­cond J-P St-Pierre Award. “A tour guide, a source of ins­pi­ra­tion, a proud re­sident, bu­si­ness ow­ner, contri­bu­tor and vo­lun­teer. If one were to spend five mi­nutes spea­king with this per­son, her pas­sion would be­come your pas­sion.”

Ow­ner/pu­bli­sher for the past 25 years of The Re­view news­pa­per, Sproule has al­so sup­por­ted com­mu­ni­ty arts, culture and he­ri­tage. She has been a men­tor to stu­dents, lo­cal his­to­rian, and com­mu­ni­ty vo­lun­teer. Out­side of the of­fice she has wor­ked as mem­ber and pre­sident of the Vank­leek Hill Bu­si­ness and Mer­chant As­so­cia­tion to fos­ter lo­cal eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment, de­ve­lo­ped the first Pres­cott-Rus­sell tou­rism guide, and help create the Hig­gin­son To­wer res­to­ra­tion pro­ject to save a lo­cal he­ri­tage land­mark in the heart of Vank­leek Hill, along with hel­ping with the crea­tion of the Vank­leek Hill Mu­seum.

War­den’s Award

The War­den’s Award is an ho­nou­red tra­di­tion du­ring the an­nual ban­quet to re­co­gnize the de­di­ca­ted work, outs­tan­ding contri­bu­tion and pro­fes­sio­na­lism of a mu­ni­ci­pal em­ployee to­ward the com­mu­ni­ty and their col­leagues. This year’s War­den’s Award re­ci­pient is Jus­tin Brom­berg, UCPR chief of staff and com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor. Louise Sproule, jour­na­liste et édi­trice lo­cale (au centre), est l’une des deux ré­ci­pien­daires de cette an­née du Prix com­mé­mo­ra­tif JP St-Pierre en hom­mage à son ser­vice com­mu­nau­taire ex­cep­tion­nel. Elle est en com­pa­gnie de Jo­ce­lyne St-Pierre, veuve de M. St-Pierre, et Ga­ry Bar­ton, pré­sident des Com­tés unis de Pres­cott et Rus­sell. La pré­sen­ta­tion a eu lieu lors du Ban­quet du pré­sident, le 2 dé­cembre, au Centre com­mu­nau­taire de Vank­leek Hill. Ma­rie-Claire Ivans­ki (au centre), d’Em­brun, est une « bé­né­vole ac­com­plie » et l’une des deux ré­ci­pien­daires de cette an­née du Prix com­mé­mo­ra­tif JP St-Pierre pour son ser­vice com­mu­nau­taire ex­cep­tion­nel. Elle est ici en com­pa­gnie de Jo­ce­lyne St-Pierre, veuve de M. St-Pierre, et Ga­ry Bar­ton, pré­sident des Com­tés unis de Pres­cott et Rus­sell, La pré­sen­ta­tion a eu lieu lors du Ban­quet du pré­sident, le 2 dé­cembre, au Centre com­mu­nau­taire de Vank­leek Hill.—pho­to

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