TRURO, N.S. – Truro resident Joanne Hauser was one of 13 Nova Scotians honoured for her volunteer work by Lieutenant-Governor Arthur LeBlanc on Thursday.
Hauser has helped hundreds of people in Colchester County through her work on the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, as well as volunteering with the First Baptist Church for nearly 40 years.
“On behalf of the Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is a great pleasure and honour to recognize these outstanding people who have volunteered their time to help others,” said LeBlanc in a release on Oct. 25. “Their voluntary efforts contribute to making this province a wonderful place to live and they set a fine example for others.”
First established in 2016 by Canada’s then Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the volunteering achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
As an official Canadian honour, the medal incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
The other Nova Scotians honoured on Oct. 25 have volunteered with charities, in the military cadet program, restoring a cemetery and working with children who have developmental and intellectual disabilities.
The full list of Nova Scotians honoured at Government House are: Wendy Boyd, Bedford; Darryl Cook, Bridgewater; Kenneth Donovan, Sydney; Lloyd Harris, Florence, Cape Breton Regional Municipality; Joanne Hauser, Truro; Christine Jamieson, Hammonds Plains; Leigh Joiner, Lower Sackville; Angus McDonald, Halifax; Brian O'Brien, Halifax; Kathryn Patterson, Dartmouth; Vincent Penney, North Sydney; Stanley Salsman, Halifax; Henry Taylor, Sydney.