MP Erin O’Toole Presents Community Service Medallion in Uxbridge
Uxbridge – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham and Minister of Veterans Affairs, today recognized a Durham resident who has exemplified extraordinary contributions to the Uxbridge community. The presentation took place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 in Uxbridge.
MP O’Toole presented a Community Service Medallion to Tish MacDonald. Tish has been a passionate advocate in Durham and has worked to honour the service and sacrifice of veteran, and former Member of Parliament, Lt.-Col. Sam Sharpe. Col. Sharpe is going to be the first veteran featured in the Honour Our Veterans program, that will feature between 40 and 70 Veterans past and present along the Main Street in the Township of Uxbridge, ON.
“It is very special for me as Minister of Veterans Affairs to honour one of my constituents who strives to carry on the legacy of Col. Sharpe and the cause of mental health.” said MP O’Toole
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.
Patricia MacDonald – Tish is a Cooperative Education Teacher at Uxbridge High School. She was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 after being nominated by the Vimy Foundation for her work with students to increase awareness about Canadian contributions during the First and Second World Wars. Tish engages students through various research projects and facilitates the connection between local veterans and students thereby creating relationships that encourage young people to learn more about our military history. She regularly leads large groups of students on trips to Europe to further share the legacy of Canadians who served in both World Wars. All of these initiatives have resulted in an increased understanding for young people to show veterans their appreciation and gratitude of the sacrifices that were made for all Canadians.
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