Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Sov­er­eign Medal for lo­cal vol­un­teer

The Glengarry News - - News - BY TAY­LOR YOUNG News Staff

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.”

TAY­LOR YOUNG PHOTO

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.

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