MP Erin O’Toole Presents Community Service Medallions in Scugog

Port Perry – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham  today recognized several Durham residents who have exemplified extraordinary contributions to the Scugog community. The presentations took place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 419 in Port Perry with family, community and Legion members in attendance.

MP O’Toole presented Community Service Medallions to Mr. C. Ryan Edgar, Mrs. Kent Farndale, Mr. Edward Groves, Mr. George Emmerson and Ms. Hillie Carnegie.

“From sharing a passion for the arts, to raising funds for local community needs, to serving this country at war or simply sharing a remarkable story of fate, all of these recipients are united in representing the best of our Canadian values. Communities only become a home we cherish because of the volunteers who are the lifeblood of the causes, places or events we all enjoy.” said MP O’Toole. “It is also very special for me as Minister of Veterans Affairs to also honour two veterans from Scugog who continue to inspire Canadians.”

MP O’Toole created the special Community Service Medallion in 2013 to salute exceptional volunteers and leaders from Durham who make significant contributions to our area, to Canada or the world. Less than ten medallions are presented each year.

Quick Facts

  • Kent Farndale – Has dedicated her life to community volunteerism and has built her life around sharing her passion of the arts and celebrating the talents in artists.
  • C. Ryan Edgar – For two decades has committed himself to serving local, provincial and national community through his volunteer and fundraising efforts, most notably with Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
  • Edward Groves – WWII veteran who served with infamous Devil’s Brigade, the 1st Special Service Force (FSSF). The legacy of this brigade lives on, as many modern American and Canadian Special Forces units trace their heritage to this unit.
  • George Emmerson and Ms. Hilary “Hillie” Carnegie – George is a Canadian veteran who returned from WWII to tell an incredible story of a meeting with a Dutch prisoner of war, whose life he may have saved with the donation of two chocolate bars. Through a chance encounter in Durham decades later, Hillie heard his story and realized that Dutchman was her father, Henk Metselaar.
Edward Groves

Devil’s Brigade Port Perry veteran, Edward Groves with replica of Congressional Gold Medal

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