Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

The ceremony was introduced by mayor Joanne Labadie who described the remarkable effects of Belisle's long-term volunteering on this area. Mario Crevier, president of the CSPO and Maud Juliann, regional coordinator for the Le Club des petits déjeuners de Quebec, were among those who also spoke, expressing their gratitude for Belisle's on-going work.

After the presentation, Belisle spoke at length about her connection to the area and her hope that her award might act as an encouragement to others to get involved and make a change in their community. In fact, Belisle has just begun a new volunteering role at the St. Vincent de Paul second-hand shop in Luskville.

According to the website for the Governer General of Canada, the medal is an official Canadian honour, "honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers".

It was created to "recognise Canadian citizens who have made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad and have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism".

For information about the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, contact caring-entraide@gg.ca or call 613-993-3529 or toll-free 1-800-465-6890.

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