DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Tish MacDonald was recently recognized by MP Erin O’Toole for having exemplified extraordinary contributions to the community.
As part of a special event at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 in Uxbridge on Thursday, June 21 launching the Honour our Veterans Banner Program, Mr. O’Toole - Durham’s MP and the Minister of Veterans Affairs presented a Community Service Medallion to Mrs. MacDonald.
For many years, Mrs. MacDonald has been a passionate advocate of local veterans and has worked to honour their service and sacrifice.
Mrs. MacDonald is a Cooperative Education Teacher at Uxbridge Secondary School. In 2013, she was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal after being nominated by the Vimy Foundation for her work with students to increase awareness about Canadian contributions during the First and Second World Wars. Through her work at the school, she has engaged students through various research projects and facilitated connections between local veterans and students. In addition, she has lead large groups of students on trips to Europe to further share the legacy of Canadians who served in both World Wars.
“I’m very honoured and humbled to receive this award, I had no idea that anything like this was going to happen today, so it came as quite a surprise,” Mrs. MacDonald told The Standard. “For me, the real reward has always been to be able to come to the Legion on Thursdays and interact with the veterans and listen to their stories.”
The special Community Service Medallion was created by MP O’Toole in 2013 to salute exceptional volunteers and leaders from Durham who make significant contributions to our area, Canada or the world. Less than ten medallions are presented each year.
“It is very special for me as Minister of Veterans Affairs to honour one of my constituents who strives to carry on the legacy of Col.Sam Sharpe and the cause of mental health.” said MP O'Toole.
.Col. Sharpe is slated to be the first veteran featured in the Honour Our Veterans program, that will feature Veterans past and present honoured with banners hung throughout Uxbridge from Oct. 1 and Nov. 12 each year.
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