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CARING CANADIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS
Milly Baino is an advocate for newcomers to Canada, particularly families arriving from her home country of Uganda, and is a spokesperson for greater diversity within the community. She has long supported Immigrant Women Services and has held the positions of board secretary, vice-chair and now chair of its board of directors. Milly Baino is dedicated to creating a better society for immigrant women and their children.
Stella Blackbird is a healer and teacher of traditional medicine, respected for her ability to build trust and understanding across cultures and nations. Since 1995, she has served as Elder for the Urban Circle Training Centre, in Winnipeg's North End, making it one of the most successful Aboriginal training centres in Canada. In 2005, Stella envisioned an intergenerational children's centre where youth and families of Aboriginal students could follow the traditional Indigenous way of life and teachings on a daily basis. She has also served as resident Elder with the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association, in Sudbury, and provided mental health services based on traditional methods for the Ojibway Tribal Family Services Sacred Circle, in Kenora.
Raymond F. Currie
Raymond Currie works to make life's journey better for others. Throughout his busy academic career in teaching, research and university administration, he remained dedicated to community service. He has been a board member with several organizations, including RESOLVE and the Prairieaction Foundation, both dedicated to preventing violence and abuse; Villa Rosa, a home for single mothers; the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Manitoba; and the Winnipeg Community Foundation.
Renate Davidson has been a volunteer in her community for over 20 years. She has been involved with the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton, the Hamilton Community Foundation, the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 (an organization dedicated to improving the life of women and girls), the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, and YWCA Hamilton. Renate Davidson has been recognized by her hometown and her province for serving as a mentor and model of selfless giving and compassion.
Stephen (Steve) D. McKerrell
Victoria, British Columbia
Quietly and without fanfare, Steve McKerrell contributes to his community of Victoria in many different ways. From taking his dogs on visits to provide canine therapy to shut-in seniors, to supporting the SPCA wild animal rehabilitation centre; from working with Arts Sustainability Victoria, to participating in the Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness Committee, he has been at the heart of many community initiatives, giving freely of his time, talents and resources.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Even with a busy career, Sara Mudge has been involved with a number of community organizations. Notably, she served as a member of Engineers Without Borders, which creates sustainable development projects around the world with an emphasis on achievement through education. She has also served on the Fusion SAINT JOHN Board, an apolitical social and business movement for young adults aimed at fostering the city's economic development and revitalization. She is a participant of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life and has been a member of the Saint John Vital Signs Committee for seven years.
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