Satisfaction of volunteering is its own reward, Tucker says
Valley resident Gerry Tucker, a retired member of the RCMP, recently received the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers during a presentation at Colchester County Council.
The Sovereign’s Medal recognizes “the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
The medal is deemed an official Canadian honour and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. It is intended to build on the legacy and spirit of that award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
“It’s quite a nice thing to get. I’m very happy and very excited to get it,” Tucker said, just prior to being presented with the award by Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair on behalf of the Governor General’s office.
But his many years of varied volunteer work have never been about being acknowledged by others, he said. “It’s a sense of achievement. You don’t look to get recognized or I wouldn’t have been volunteering all these years,” Tucker said.
“You feel good about volunteering, every time you accomplish something…. And I just generally like volunteering. I enjoy it. If people would just get out and volunteer and see what it’s like, there would be more of them doing it.”
The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medallion, 36 mm in diameter in a suspension ring. The front depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters with the Canadian Royal title and the word CANADA separated by two maple leaves. The reverse side represents the concepts of caring and generosity through two interlaced hearts. A sunburst pattern on the rim symbolizes a volunteer’s time and actions. The ribbon uses the vice regal colours of blue and gold. Five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand and the deep red colour is associated with royalty.