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August 26, 2016
For immediate release

Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island Presents the Sovereignís Medal for Volunteers

Lieutenant Governor's Office

On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, His Honour the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, will present the Sovereignís Medal for Volunteers, to four residents of Prince Edward Island.

The ceremony will take place at Government House, Charlottetown, on Monday, August 29, at 7:00 p.m. and is by invitation only. This is the first presentation ceremony to be held on Prince Edward Island. It will also recognize the eleven Islanders who received this honour in July, during a ceremony hosted by the Governor General at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, in Halifax.

The Sovereignís Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor Generalís Caring Canadian Award.

The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers. For more information or to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit https://caring.gg.ca/en/

Medals will be presented at this ceremony to:

Jodi Harper of Harrington, Prince Edward Island

For the past 11 years, Jodi Harper has been a Special Olympics volunteer and fundraiser in Prince Edward Island, as well as a coach with the track and field and competitive swimming programs. She helps with the Law Enforcement Torch Run and strives to assist those with whom she works grow as athletes and as individuals.

Sherrill Horne of Alberton, Prince Edward Island

Sherrill Horne has long been an active volunteer in her community and around Prince Edward Island. For 17 years she has volunteered for the West Prince Caring Cupboard food bank, where she currently serves as its president. She has also held various positions in a number of other organizations that help the malnourished and the elderly.

Douglas Murray of Stratford, Prince Edward Island

Since retiring in 2002, Doug Murray has served on the Island Trails board of directors. Under his direction, a 42-kilometre section of the Confederation Trail was completed, creating a source of pride for Islanders and underscoring the provinceís place in Canadaís sesquicentennial celebrations.

Lawrence Power of Montague, Prince Edward Island

Lawrence Power is the driving force and coordinator behind The Southern Kings and Queens Food Bank, where he works to ensure that all clients receive assistance. He contributes in various ways, from leading volunteers and collecting donations to establishing a warming room for those needing refuge from the cold.

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