Catholic Social Services was one of a handful of recipients to be awarded the Senate of Canada’s 150th Commemorative Medal in a ceremony that was held at Government House in Edmonton on Monday, May 14.
The award was given to CSS for our Agency’s efforts in volunteerism.
“Our volunteers provide an immeasurable service for Catholic Social Services, and it was a genuine honour to accept this prestigious medal and recognition on their behalf," CSS CEO Dr. Troy Davies said. "This medal is a testament to the dedication with which they serve the people in our care. I am so proud of all of our current and past volunteers and of all the good they have accomplished. Their selflessness and generosity of time are truly remarkable!”
In addition to Troy, volunteers Darrell Muth and Betty Boyd attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf Catholic Social Services. Chief Services Officer Michelle Christie, Board Chairperson John Caputo and Board Member Peter Murray were also in attendance.
In 2017, there were 673 volunteers who dedicated 44,600 hours of their time to people we serve in ministries that meet a variety of needs for society’s most vulnerable — from offering companionship for the formerly homeless to providing pet therapy animals for people who have experienced abuse.
“This medal celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of the first sitting of the Senate on November 6, 1867, and was created to recognize Canadians and organizations who – through generosity, dedication and volunteer work – make their home town, community, region, province or territory a better place,” said Senator Betty Unger, who nominated CSS for the award and presented it at Monday's ceremony.
Volunteers Are Our Lifeblood from Catholic Social Services on Vimeo.