OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/22/13 -- Editors Note: There are two photos and a video associated with this press release.
Today, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented 13 Canadians - chosen from among nearly 50,000 YMCA volunteers and staff - with the YMCA Fellowship of Honour medal for outstanding leadership. The YMCA Fellowship of Honour was established in 1978 as the highest recognition for YMCA volunteers and staff and is presented every three to four years by the Governor General of Canada.
Collectively, these committed Canadians have provided more than 300 years of distinguished service to the YMCA in communities across Canada.
His Excellency presented the YMCA's Fellowship of Honour medal, designed by award-winning artist Dora de Pedery-Hunt to all appointees. A framed citation and lapel pin were also presented to the following YMCA volunteers and staff during a ceremony held in Ottawa:
- Sol Kasimer of Toronto, ON;
- Raymond Mantha of North Bay, ON;
- Don McCreesh of Oakville, ON;
- George E. Rodger of Toronto, ON;
- Bill Stewart of Vancouver, BC;
- Judith Ash of Regina, SK;
- David Edward Carse of Cambridge, ON;
- John E. Cleghorn of Montreal, QC;
- William M Jones of Fredericton, NB;
- Judith Levkoe of Toronto, ON;
- Dal McCloy of Winnipeg, MB;
- Timothy C. Melton of Edmonton, AB;
- Wolfram Ulrich Tausendfreund of Belleville, ON.
Judith Levkoe is the first female employee from the YMCA of Greater Toronto to be appointed to the YMCA Fellowship of Honour and was named for her exceptional ongoing service in various YMCA roles, including Community Worker Program Developer, and Government Relations Adviser.
"I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't had that wonderful opportunity to come and work at the Y," Levkoe commented. "For me, the Y has always been a place to come home to."
Ray Mantha volunteered his time through various YMCA board of directors positions at the local, national and international levels. "I have been most fortunate to get involved with the different YMCA global communities over the years. I am always humbled by the dedication of my fellow YMCA family members. Here at home, I am grateful to be part an organization that has been a vital part in the Canadian fabric for a hundred and sixty-two years."
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