Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for local volunteer
Jaqueline Fraser was awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers July 28 in recognition of her years of volunteer work and dedication to the community.
Witnessed by her many friends, family and supporters from throughout the community, the ceremony was held in the Georgian House, with the medal being presented by Francis Drouin, MP for GlengarryPrescott- Russell.
“I am most embarrassed to accept this award,” said Mrs. Fraser. “There are so many of you here today that are equally deserving. I would like to share this gift with all of you who continually give your time and your energy to make your community a better place to live.”
No stranger to the process of nominating a candidate for the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers, Mrs. Fraser was extremely thankful to Ginette Leroux for her nomination and the work she did to receive the award.
For roughly 65 years, Mrs. Fraser has dedicated her time and energy to numerous sports teams, sat on a number of boards, including the Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital board, was a member of the hospital auxiliary, the Red Cross, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, and much more.
“The list goes on and on,” joked Mrs. Fraser. “As you can see, I didn’t stay home too often.”
She said she enjoyed joining new groups, as they provided a new challenge and were always an adventure.
“Volunteering is beneficial too, not only the society or the organization that we serve, but it’s beneficial to the volunteers,” explained Mrs. Fraser. “Society benefits because it brings the community together and it enriches the members of the community with whom we work. Whether these people are sick or discouraged, you bring them a little bit of warmth or encouragement.”
Reflecting back on her years of volunteering, Mrs. Fraser encouraged those gathered to consider dedicating more of their time giving back to the community. “As the saying goes, ‘He or she who serves always reaps more than he or she who is being served.’ I really believe that when you’re volunteering you’re doing God’s work.”
MEDAL PRESENTATION: Jacqueline Fraser, right, is shown with her friend, Ginette Leroux, who nominated her for the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers. The pair were at a ceremony at the Georgian House in Alexandria on Sunday.