BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Durham’s Member of Parliament, and the newly-minted Minister of Veterans Affairs, honoured some of Scugog’s finest volunteers on Thursday, Feb. 12 - during a special Community Service Medallion Ceremony.
MP O’Toole recognized several North Durham residents who have exemplified extraordinary contributions to the community.
The presentations took place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 419 in Port Perry with family, community and Legion members in attendance.
MP O’Toole presented Community Service Medallions to C. Ryan Edgar, Kent Farndale, Edward Groves, George Emmerson and Ms. Hillie Carnegie. Bob Murray also received a commemorative Victory Pin, and a certificate honouring his 97th birthday.
“From sharing a passion for the arts, to raising funds for local community needs, to serving this country at war or simply sharing a remarkable story of fate, all of these recipients are united in representing the best of our Canadian values. Communities only become a home we cherish because of the volunteers who are the lifeblood of the causes, places or events we all enjoy.” said MP O’Toole. “It is also very special for me as Minister of Veterans Affairs to honour two veterans from Scugog who continue to inspire Canadians. Mr. Emmerson and Mr. Groves are the sorts of men who inspired me to enlist.”
MP O’Toole created the special Community Service Medallion in 2013 to salute exceptional volunteers and leaders from Durham who make significant contributions to our area, to Canada or the world.
A statement from the MP’s office follows, detailing MP O’Toole’s comments on each recipient.
Mrs. Kent Farndale has dedicated her life to community volunteerism and has built her life around sharing her passion of the arts and celebrating the talents in artists.
Mr. C. Ryan Edgar has spent two decades committing himself to serving local, provincial and national community through his volunteer and fundraising efforts, most notably with Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
Mr. Edward Groves is a WWII veteran who served with infamous Devil’s Brigade, the 1st Special Service Force (FSSF). The legacy of this brigade lives on, as many modern American and Canadian Special Forces units trace their heritage to this unit.
Mr. George Emmerson and Ms. Hilary “Hillie” Carnegie – George is a Canadian veteran who returned from WWII to tell an incredible story of a meeting with a Dutch prisoner of war, whose life he may have saved with the donation of two chocolate bars. Through a chance encounter decades later, Hillie heard his story and realized that Dutchman was her father, Henk Metselaar.
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