Brockville – Volunteers and community members from across Leeds‐Grenville and Lanark counties gathered in Brockville on Monday, June 17th to pay tribute to this year’s outstanding volunteers with St. John Ambulance Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Branch.
The local branch held their 2019 Awards Ceremony at the Brockville Legion. Guest speaker for the night was City Councillor Leigh Bursey.
“I’m delighted to celebrate the successes of this year’s award recipients,” said Margaret Wicklum, chair of the Board of Directors for the local branch. “We couldn’t provide services to our communities without the vital contribution of our valued volunteers.”
In the Medical First Responder Division (adults), the following awards were presented:
- Smiths Falls resident Ashley Stroud received the Major C.B.C. Broadbent Memorial Trophy as the overall outstanding member.
- Brockville’s Mary Patrick was awarded the Colonel W.S. Watson Award for most improved adult member.
- The Best New Member honours went to Kayla Marshall Lewis, also from Brockville.
- Brockville resident Gloria Madden was recognized for Most Duty Hours (327.5 hours in 2018).
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Youth Division of St. John Ambulance (Leeds‐Grenville and Lanark Branch).
This year’s Youth Division awards were presented:
- Brockville resident Zoey Stanzel received the Dame Colleen Lloyd Award for most improved cadet.
- The Eyre Award for outstanding work throughout the year was presented to Brockville’s Jessie Gibeault.
- Nicole Ouimet, from Brockville, was named Best New Member.
- Kemptville resident Chloe Brown performed 104.75 hours in 2018, winning the Most Duty Hours award.
The winners in the Therapy Dog Team category were:
- Brockville resident Alison Robb, and her dog Sophie (a Terrier/Labrador Retriever cross). Alison and Sophie contributed 500 therapy visits in 2018.
Two volunteers were recognized for their long service to St. John Ambulance:
- Maitland resident Richard Dumbrille has given 32 years of service on the Board of Directors.
- Brockville’s Dianne Foster has spent 22 years volunteering as a Medical First Responder.
- St. John Ambulance is the global leader in the development and provision of First Aid and CPR services.
- The organization is run entirely by volunteers, with just one full‐time and one part‐time paid employee. All programs are delivered by volunteers.
- St. John Ambulance is a “not for profit” organization. They don’t receive any government funding to support their activities and programs in our community.