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Local Canadian volunteer honoured with Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
06 December 2002

Orilla: At a special meeting of the Orillia & District Unit Council of the Canadian Cancer Society on Friday December 6, 2002, volunteer Andrea Soules was presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of her outstanding efforts assisting local residents who are living with cancer.

"For over 30 years, Andrea Soules has been an active participant in ensuring that your community is aware of what the Canadian Cancer Society offers, and has personally assisted so many people to receive information and practical support while dealing with cancer" said presenter Gerry Collyer, the volunteer President of the Central Lakelands Region.

"The Golden Jubilee Medal recognizing the Queen's 50 year reign is a tangible way outstanding volunteers have been recognized throughout the County this year, but we all know that our volunteers are not in this for the awards. Service to the community truly is a calling, and our organization is very fortunate to have so many talented and committed volunteers. Andrea is a shining example of giving to the community," commented Mr. Collyer.

Volunteers of the Orillia & District Unit Council were on hand for the medal presentation, along with a number of specially invited guests, including members of Andrea's family. "This is an honour, but so many are deserving," said Andrea after the presentation. "I have enjoyed all the roles I have carried out over the years, and like to stay active with the society as a member at large on the unit council".

The Orillia & District Unit meets regularly to discuss activities and plan for the future. Their next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on January 7, 2003 at the unit office (190 Memorial Avenue - Unit F). A warm welcome is extended to those interested in joining the group and becoming involved with local efforts.