Friends and family members, including two mayors and a retired senator, gathered on Monday, Sept. 18 to honour long-time volunteer Lois Hunter.
Hunter was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Mayor Shawn Pankow at a special meeting of Smiths Falls town council held in the upstairs hall of the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre.
The medal was awarded to Hunter earlier this year by former Governor General David Johnston.
The Smiths Falls resident was chosen to receive the honour because for 65 years she has “remained a steadfast volunteer in the promotion of agricultural fairs.” As a former director of the Lombardy Fair Association, and as an honorary past president of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies, Hunter has raised support for and increased recognition of these local, provincial and regional events.
Retired Senator and former Member of Provincial Parliament Bob Runciman attended the presentation, and took the opportunity to thank Hunter for her extensive engagement in provincial and national politics.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers was recreated to recognize exceptional volunteer achievements by Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
As an official Canadian honour, the medal has replaced the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.