23 residents of Vaudreuil-Soulanges were given an award for their community involvement in Vaudreuil-Soulanges by the MP of Vaudreuil, Peter Schiefke.
Maella Clément-Comtois, was awarded the 2021 Vaudreuil-Soulanges Community Service Award. Despite her young age, Maella has created Tuque & Pompons which offers toques and mittens to families in need. (Photo library)
MP Schiefke created the Community Service Excellence Award of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in 2017, during Canada’s 150th, to honor and recognize the citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges who give their time, passion and their energy at the service of their fellow citizens and the improvement of their community in general. Since its inception, more than forty individuals, small businesses and organizations have received this award in recognition of their exceptional generosity, dedication and hard work.
An official ceremony will take place in the fall when provincial health measures allow.
“There are so many amazing people who live here in our community of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and who truly embody what community service is. Each year, they make huge sacrifices by getting involved in causes that are close to their hearts, says Peter Schiefke. Through these efforts, they contribute to the strength and vitality of our community. It is an honor and a privilege for me to be able to recognize their efforts and celebrate their work.”
The list of recipients of the 2021 Community Service Excellence Award of Vaudreuil-Soulanges is as follows:
- Mike Grenier, Caroline Handy, Homera Siddiqui – A Horse Tale – for their dedication to saving, rehabilitating and providing a new home for abandoned and neglected horses.
- Adrienne Dela Cruz & Shana Dillon – for the Spread the Love initiative which helps families in need throughout the year.
- Andrew Dumas and Sheena Purcell – for his Pay It Forward initiative at Sauve’s Restaurant which provided free meals to those in need during the pandemic.
- Richard Lefebvre and Maria Teresa Torrealba – Café de la Débrouille – for their unwavering commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to quality food.
- Carole Corman – for taking music education beyond the classroom and focusing on the mental health of children who have been isolated during the pandemic.
- Carol Reed – Scout leader, co-creator of Pincourt Vert and environmental educator for over 40 years.
- Charnjit Singh – for creating health education seminars for women and the elderly.
- 8. Diane Pagé, Sylvie Trépanier, and Sylvie Tousignant – for creating and building a community garden in Terrasse-Vaudreuil.
- Ferme communautaire Betterêve d’Hudson – a community garden that promotes local and community agriculture, as well as healthy diets and lifestyles.
- Maella Clement Comtois – for creating the non-profit organization Tuque & Pompons which makes toques and mittens for families in need.
- Nicole Durand – for her lifelong support to veterans and their families in Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
- Peter Vasiliev – for his dedication to the Dorion Dream Center food bank in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
- Pierre Levac – for his long-standing promotion of a healthy and active life by maintaining the cross-country ski trails as President of the Skieurs de l’Île Cross-Country Ski Club.
- Roderick L. Hodgson – for his decades of dedication and service to our veterans.
- Stéphane Rozon – for his dedication to the safety and well-being of the residents of Terrasse-Vaudreuil.
- Svetlana Chernienko – for her dedication to education, advocacy and awareness of mental health issues.
- Yves Thibeault – for his commitment and service to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Center.
- Notre-Dame-de-Fatima – for the creation of the Arc-en-Ciel camp which offers respite and care to families caring for children with special needs.
- Carrefour Jeunesse – for their incredible support and accompaniment of the young people of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in launching their careers.
- Recreation and Culture Department (Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion) – for their exceptional service to seniors during the pandemic.
- Fondation pour la protection du mont Rigaud – for their continued work to protect the natural beauty of mont Rigaud.
- Nayla Si Mahfoud – for her advocacy and education initiatives around social justice issues, including the Black Lives Matter Vaudreuil-Soulanges initiative.
- Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges – for its support to the small business community throughout the pandemic.