DEBBIE DICKIE Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Local youth Joel Speers (pictured above), was one of seven exceptional young people from across the province honoured Wednesday, May 14, at Queen’s Park in Toronto, as recipients of The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers for 2014 presented by The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers is an honour presented annually by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for outstanding contributions by young volunteers in the province of Ontario.
The medal is part of the Canadian honours system. It was created in 1998 to recognize the outstanding contributions of young people between the ages of 15 and 24, to improve the quality of life in Ontario and internationally through volunteer activities.
By honouring outstanding contributions made by youth volunteers, this award recognizes exceptional young people as role models. Up to 10 recipients are chosen each year by an independent advisory council made up of seven members appointed by the lieutenant governor on the advice of the premier.
Joel joins a group of only 127 people who have received this prestigious award since its inception.
Joel’s nominators, Nancy Hannah and Debbie Dickie of the Uxbridge Fair Board are so very thrilled that Joel received this award in this very special 150th anniversary year of our Fall Fair.
We are also very grateful to everyone who wrote beautiful supporting letters, contributed pictures and shared treasured stories of Joel’s selfless volunteerism to complete our nomination package.
Nancy and I were told by a member of the selection committee that everything you included provided them with a well rounded picture of the exceptional person Joel is and was a strong part of the deciding factor in awarding Joel this prestigious award.