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2018 Awards for Exceptional Service


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Long-time member Doug Carter receives Distinguished Member Award at Senate

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Judy Pillai (centre) was presented the 2018 Award For Exceptional Service to RTO/ERO


November 20 2018 — At the November, 2018 AGM, Judy Pillai was presented the Award For Exceptional Service in recognition of her contributions to RTO/ERO District 27. Judy is a long-time member of the Board of Directors. When joining the Board, Judy first assisted secretary Margaret Robson before she, herself, became secretary from 2007 until December 2017. Judy remains a member at large on the board, and she continues to serve.

In addition to being secretary, Judy has assumed many other responsibilities. For the last few years, she has organized the Wine & Cheese Reception for new RTO/ERO members at Kristy’s Restaurant. As well, everyone knows Judy as the pleasant smiling greeter and helpful assistant at the registration desk at most social events such as the Christmas Luncheons, Spring Luncheons and RPWs. Judy is always ready to volunteer with the Goodwill Committee to sign and label Christmas and birthday cards for the more than 900 RTO/ERO members who are eighty years and over.

Judy has a very busy social and community life outside of RTO/ERO, and she has volunteered with many community groups. Judy is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and, through it, is a member of several groups including The University Women Helping Afghan Women (UWHAW) raising funds for Afghan women attending university in Afghanistan, and an English conversation group which, with the help of diplomats, assists women who wish to improve their English. Judy is also a member of the Diplomatic Hospitality Group. Judy was a volunteer at the Shirley Green Health Center at the Riverside Hospital.

Judy loves to take in Ottawa’s rich cultural life by going to chamber music concerts and NAC English theatre. She has been involved with the Friends of English Theatre as secretary—she is now a committee member—to raise funds to support the National Arts Centre.

Congratulations and thank you Judy!

Award for service to the community
goes to teacher, baker, dance instructor

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Angèle Garant (centre) was awarded the Award for Exceptional Service to the Community


November 20 2018 — Angèle Garant was awarded the Award for Exceptional Service to the Community in honour of her volunteer work at the Murray Street, Seniors Center - Centre de services Guigues.

For eight years, Angèle has been in charge of the Centre's library. In addition, she gives free English as a second language lessons on Monday. On Thursday, she gives free line dancing classes. In the afternoon, she is found in the kitchen of the Centre baking pies and tourtières that the Centre sells to increase its income. She is always available for activities such as bazaars, now called Christmas markets.

District 27 is proud to count her among its members. She is well deserving of this recognition. Angèle lives by our motto: Service to others.

Each year, RTO/ERO District 27 presents an award and certificate of excellence to a member who volunteers in the community.