Residents Honoured with Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Sep 25, 2018

Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger has presented four residents with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

The medal recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements and valuable contributions to bettering communities in Canada or abroad, as part of the Canadian Honours System.

“It is an honour to present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to Darquise Frappier, Mélanie-Rose Frappier, Gerald Bradley and Robert Bellerose,” said Mayor Bigger. “This tribute is considered the highest volunteer honour in Canada. It is a reflection of a caring community and the significant efforts of these most worthy recipients.”

Receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers:

Darquise Frappier and Mélanie-Rose Frappier have a deep concern for the well-being of the less fortunate. Darquise and Mélanie-Rose have participated in many local fundraising events. They travelled three times to Jamaica on mission trips to bring much-needed items to an orphanage.

Gerald Bradley has a positive effect on the lives and well-being of people in the community. During his five decades of volunteer service, Gerald has brought advocacy, education and assistance to support veterans. He provides opportunities for youth and children from various socio-economic backgrounds.

Bob Bellerose has volunteered for more than 25 years with the Valley East Minor Hockey Association. Known locally as the backbone of the Association, he served as president for 15 years and has been a team coach and trainer for all age groups since 2005.

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