Sat­is­fac­tion of vol­un­teer­ing is its own re­ward, Tucker says

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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.

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