South Stormont, ON – The Township of South Stormont held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Gala on Friday, April 21st at the South Stormont Community Hall. Sponsored by Andre Pommier of Pommier Jewelers and
themed “Tiffany and Co.”, the event was an opportunity for Council to show appreciation to 126 invited guests that were representing over 20 volunteer organizations within the community.
“Volunteer groups are the backbone of this community and offer so many vital services to residents of South Stormont,” said Mayor Bryan McGillis. “This is an opportunity for Council to recognize all their efforts and say thank you.”
Guests were treated to a night of fine dinning and musical entertainment by the Moe Lemieux Band. Later, Ms. Jillian Lynch—a charity advocate and public speaker for non-profit organizations—offered her take on the importance of volunteerism within society. Ms. Lynch provided an update on the work that she is doing to improve the lives of people living with a rare disease and improving patient care. Jillian has earned the title of “Top 30 Change Makers Under 30” for her contributions to the patient and caregiver community.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the 2022 Youth Volunteer of the Year Award to Marc Labossière for his enthusiastic volunteer efforts with various local organizations within his community, at his school, and helping to raise awareness for the “To Stan and Back” wellness program for post combat veterans and first responders. Marc is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Finally, the 2022 Fran Laflamme Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Mrs. Sharon Potvin for her on-going support and years of persistent volunteerism in the South Stormont area. Sharon was instrumental in starting the Ingleside/Long Sault Lost Villages Lions Club and is known for the events and activities she helps host in the community, including the Canada Day activities in the Arnold Bethune Park.