With Gov. General David Johnston and Lt.Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell in attendance, St. Marys resident, Matt Wakem was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at a ceremony in London on Thursday March 9th.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
In the official acknowledgement of his efforts the following was reported “Over the course of 12 years, Matthew Wakem has accrued 15 000 community service hours for St. John Ambulance. He also volunteers with physically challenged individuals and is the founder of the St. Mary’s Leo Club, a youth-run component of the St. Marys Lions Club”. Wakem said that although he does not know who nominated him, he was very honoured to receive the award.