“We have such incredible citizens here in our community, who are incredibly giving of their time day after day,” said MP Guy Lauzon, at the ceremony to honour 31 area recipients of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. “I can’t thank all of you who volunteer in your communities enough. You all make me very proud.”
Five members of the South Dundas community, Doug Grenkie, Joan Farlinger, Helen Tupper, Dr. Graham Houze and Trevor Tolley were among those honoured with medals.
St. Andrews Catholic Church, the site of the Sunday, December 9, ceremony was packed with family and friends and dignitaries gathered to acclaim the area medal winners.
The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne and honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
Joan Farlinger broke the “glass ceiling” and was selected as the first female chair of the Winchester Hospital Board of Directors, and also served six years as the president of the WDMH Auxiliary. She represented the auxiliary and this community as the president of the Hospital Auxiliary Association of Ontario.
Joan has served with the Morrisburg Curling Club, Knox Presbyterian Church, the Dundas Junior Farmers and as provincial director for the Junior Farmers of Ontario. She currently acts as a board member for the Rural Healthcare Innovations overseeing the former Dundas Manor in Winchester.
Lawyer Doug Grenkie, a Morrisburg & District Lion for 40 years, and a member of the Cornwall, SD&G Shrine Club, has been president of the Dundas County Cancer Society and past president of the Eastern District of the Cancer Society for the Ontario division.
He serves on the board of Partners for Children in Development, and has acted as a fund raiser for the Children’s Treatment Centre in Cornwall. He has served with the Morrisburg & District Canadian Club for 40 years.
Doug completed a stint as chair of the Morrisburg Waterfront Committee and acted as chair for the Close to Home campaign for WDMH. He was also a founding member of Upper Canada Playhouse. Doug was awarded the Law Society Medal in 2009, and has served in many roles with prestigious Bar associations.
Dr. Graham Houze was a family doctor in Morrisburg for 40 years, acting as Chief of Medical Staff at WDMH, and serving as past representative to the Ontario Medical Association Council for the Winchester-Kemptville Medical Society. He also acted as provincial coroner for SD&G for 43 years.
In retirement, Graham serves as a member of Council for the Physicians’ Services Foundation. He is currently president of Branch 48, the Morrisburg Royal Canadian Legion, and has served in leadership positions with the Dundas Chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and with the Morrisburg & District Canadian Club.
Trevor Tolley is a retired Professor Emeritus of Com-parative Literature from Carleton University who has also authored several publications focusing on English language and literature.
He served as councillor for the former Township of Williamsburg, and as president for the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation. He was instrumental in bringing additional social housing units to Williamsburg, where the housing project now bears his name. He received the 20 year service award from the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association in 2008.
He acted as president of the Community Living Dundas County and remained on its board until 2009.
Trevor was a spokesperson and volunteer for the New Democratic Party of Ontario, chosen as president of the SD&G Provincial NDP Association for 25 consecutive years. He also received the Community Activist Award from the Cornwall & District Labour Council in 2009.
Helen Tupper has been a key organizer for over 12 years with the South Dundas Soccer Association. She has also been a committed planner for a yearly soccer tournament in Iroquois which involves over 600 young players, dozens of teams and hundreds of parents.
She has served for five years as Hulbert-Valley Playgroup Co-ordinator and 14 years with the Iroquois Public School/Seaway District High School Councils. Her efforts have provided great programs, healthy active living and education for thousands of area children in South Dundas.
“May we be ever mindful of the contributions these people have made to our communities. May we be inspired to lead as these people have led,” said Eric Duncan, executive assistant for Guy Lauzon.