Florence M. Hannay
Florence Hannay believes that one person can make a difference. Now almost 92 years of age, she helps the homeless and the marginalized through such organizations as the Royal Ottawa hospital, the Red Cross, and The Well/La Source, a day program and drop-in centre for disadvantaged women. Over the years, Mrs. Hannay has touched the lives of countless people at their darkest moments, offering them comfort and support.
Roy Hysen has been a leader and role model in the deaf community for more than 27 years. He founded the Canadian Hearing Impaired Hockey Association in 1983, which is now called the Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation (CDIHF). He has dedicated himself to the CDIHF and to deaf ice hockey at the international level, serving in such roles as executive team director of the 2013 Canada Deaf National Hockey Team.
Jacques Laliberte is the president and one of the founding members of the Association quebecoise de la douleur chronique. Under his leadership, this association has become a respected support organization for people suffering from chronic pain, helping to improve their lives and reduce their isolation.
Rose Larouche, nicknamed "Madame Toutou," gives of her time and talent to benefit her community. She works hard throughout the year with a view to bringing smiles to children's faces during the holiday season. She touches up, refreshes, repairs and washes the stuffed animals she collects, knowing that children need a bit of softness in their lives. Over the past 15 years, she has retouched over 2 000 stuffed animals, which were then handed out by Santa Claus, through the Soupiere de l'Amitie de Gatineau.
For over 33 years, Danielle Launiere has been a volunteer within Calgary's Francophone community. Her contributions have centred primarily on the Paroisse Sainte-Famille, the Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta, Regionale de Calgary, the Societe de theatre de Calgary, and the Societe franco-canadienne de Calgary. In addition, she helped to develop a school program, and to establish a French-language television channel and newspaper in Calgary.
Jean Guy Legault
For over five decades, Jean Guy Legault has been a member of committees focused on education, the arts and the economic development of the Montreal area. He has volunteered for a number of organizations, including the Universite de Montreal's Fondation Edouard-Montpetit and the Kiwanis Club's national committee on the prevention of abuse in early childhood.
Craig Richard Lester
Firefighter Craig Lester, a volunteer well versed in disaster assistance and emergency response, founded GlobalFire to provide training and tools to third-world firefighters. Through this organization, Canadians travel to developing countries to teach life-saving skills, safety measures and the proper use of firefighting equipment.
Saint-Boniface and Winnipeg, Manitoba
In 1993, Michel Loiselle founded the Compagnie de La Verendrye, a historic re-enactment society dedicated to commemorating the story of Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Verendrye, and his explorations of the Canadian prairies in the mid-18th century. The organization also promotes French-Canadian heritage, in part through its involvement in Manitoba's school programs and in community activities, such as the annual clean-up of La Verendrye Park.
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