Two Mississauga residents were recognized at Queen’s Park for their tireless volunteer work.
Jean Williams and Jim Chestnutt received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Tuesday.
For more than 40 years, Williams has given her time to the Rattray Marsh Protection Association, the Conservation Halton Foundation, and Credit Valley Conservation to protect the environment. Her dedication to wetland preservation has been instrumental in bringing awareness to the issue of environmental degradation.
Chestnutt has been helping the poor and homeless of Toronto through community initiatives with the Yonge Street Mission and Genesis Place Homes since 1981. He has also helped those affected by heart disease by organizing events and fundraising for the Toronto Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre for more than 10 years. In addition, he shares his love of music as board chairman of the Elmer Iseler Singers.
Created in 1995, the award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad.