(Recipients of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers presented by Governor General Mary Simon on May 26, 2022 at Rideau Hall. Front row: L-R: Primrose Paruboczy, Stittsville, Ontario; Dominique Bellemare, Beauharnois, Quebec; Governor General Mary Simon; Back row: Left to right: Joel King, Westmount, Quebec; John Christopher Bryant, Ottawa, Ontario; Jill Bobula, Ottawa, Ontario; Catherine Elizabeth Thorn, Northern Bruce Peninsula Township, Ontario; Unknown; and Col. Gregory Hug, CD (Retired), Stittsville, Ont. Photos: Provided to Stittsville Central by Rideau Hall Photographers: Sergeant Mathieu St-Amour and MCpl Anis Assari).
Fostering excellence is at the core of every Governor General’s mandate. On May 26, 2022, Governor General Mary Simon recognized the exceptional achievements of the volunteers of Primrose Paruboczy Y Colonel Gregory Hug, CD (Retired) at a ceremony at Rideau Hall. He paid tribute to his dedication and commitment with the delivery of the Sovereign Volunteer Medal.
In her address to the recipients, Governor General Mary Simon shared, “You have come here representing a variety of sectors, you have achieved local, national and international success and you have shown us your ingenuity, innovation and generosity. Whether we’re marking a lifetime of work or a specific achievement, there is no doubt that they have made a difference in their communities and for Canada.
I am grateful that you are here. I am grateful becauseNow I can learn your stories. Stories define us. They shape us. Our experiences, after all, make us who we are.“
As a member of the Anglican Spiritual Care team at Ottawa Hospital since 1989, Primrose Paruboczy has been providing spiritual guidance to patients during their hospital stay. Through his efforts, patients have found the strength and hope to cope with their circumstances and a means through which they can feel at peace.
Since 1991, Greg Hug has served as a member of the board of directors of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Regimental Society., and as Chairman of the Board from 2015 to 2019, to help preserve the regiment’s history and standing in Canadian society. In particular, he secures and maintains the riding and operating facilities for the Ceremonial Mounted Troop, and assists with the society’s artifact display at the Calgary Military Museum.
The Governor General ended with, “The honor you receive here is not the last step, but just one more step in your ongoing journey. Congratulations to all.”
LOCAL SUPPORT STITTSVILLE