Volunteers recognized by MP Derek Sloan

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On Dec. 18, Conservative MP Derek Sloan awarded a certificate to three Tudor and Cashel Township residents to recognize their exemplary community service during the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals are Jo-Anne Carrol, Joan Donaldson and Jacquie Scott, for their efforts to cook and deliver hot meals to the township’s residents, funded by the government’s Horizons for Seniors grant, over the past nine months during COVID-19.

Tudor and Cashel Mayor Libby Clarke recalls that she got an email from Derek Sloan’s office in November asking her to nominate any individuals within her township who have shown exemplary community service during the pandemic.

“I explained how these women with many other helpers donated hours and hours of their time into organizing, purchasing, cooking, preparing, packaging and delivering weekly meals to seniors in our township,” she says.

Because they were unable to have their annual volunteers’ appreciation tea due to COVID-19, Clarke was excited and proud that Carrol, Scott and Donaldson were able to get this recognition.

On the day of the presentation, Sloan, with Will Lyons, his office assistant, thanked everyone in attendance for inviting him to their township, and said that he had mentioned their names in the House of Commons. Clarke said a few words, saying that the volunteers in their community bring so much to their community.

“They bring leadership and advice, experiences and friendship. They also give us their time, hours and hours of time through this pandemic, so we really appreciate all they do for us and we’re very fortunate to have them,” she says.

Sloan then explained to the attendees that his office had reached out to various leaders around his riding and asked them for a list of names of people who’ve gone above and beyond with their community service during COVID-19.

“So, we got roughly 30 different people and businesses within the riding and we officially mentioned and honoured them in the House of Commons. Then we made certificates to follow up with that, and we’ve been handing them out. Thank you for your help and your work here in the community. We couldn’t have done it without you. And we have a special House of Commons certificate to commemorate that,” he says.

At that point, Sloan presented the certificates to Carrol, Scott and Donaldson. Each certificate came in a folder with a copy of the script that was read in the House of Commons.

Donaldson pointed out that the gratitude and love they get from the seniors they cook and deliver meals to is its own reward.

“To quote one of the older ladies we deliver to, ‘I’m so grateful, I’m so grateful.’ The minute she’d see my car she’d be out the door and down the steps and was so appreciative. That is what makes you feel so much better,” she says.

Of course, Donaldson thought that getting the certificate in recognition of her volunteerism from Sloan was very lovely.

“It’s very nice. We love doing it, seriously. We enjoyed it,” she says. “All of the folks who helped us were incredible and it was totally a community effort, so we really appreciate that.”

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times