Three members of the Morrisburg & District Lions Club were honoured with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards at a ceremony on June 5th, 2012 at the Best Western Parkway Inn in Cornwall.
Presented by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration, Lions Keith Robinson, Mike Domanko and Matt McCooeye each received a Volunteer Service Award certificate, a pin and a special pin depicting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Specifically, Lion Matt McCooeye was recognized for his vision that resulted in the building of a wonderful play park in the village of Morrisburg.
McCooeye obtained a “Let Them Be Kids” grant; built a dedicated team to lead the project; and then with that team inspired and mobilized the South Dundas community.
The effort resulted in the community coming together to raise almost $120,000 and more than 200 volunteers participating in a highly successful build day to erect the structures. It was all achieved in less than six months.
Lion Michael Domanko was recognized for his ongoing leadership and inspiration for Morrisburg & District Lions Club projects dedicated to youth, young families and adults in our community.
Domanko has been instrumental in introducing and conducting Vision Screening to all elementary schools in South Dundas as well as in Ingleside. He manages the annual Tubie Festival and he, along with Lion Matt, was a key organizer in the “Let Them Be Kids” playground project.
Lion Keith Robinson has served two consecutive terms as president of the Morrisburg & District Lions Club and is involved in every aspect of club activities.
Well known in the South Dundas community, Robinson takes the lead in fund raising initiatives and is a key mover for change.
He manages the Lions canteen at the Morrisburg arena, and the Lions Docksyde and Ice-cream and Snack bar from May to September. He mentors the Leos Club, helping these youths understand and embody the “We Serve” motto of the Leos and Lions.