Local high school student to be awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Above, South Stormont Community Hall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SOUTH STORMONT – South Stormont resident, local high school student, and devoted volunteer, Ashleigh Latreille, will be presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers prior to the Wednesday, September 26 Council Meeting.

For nearly a decade, Latreille, who is merely 17 years of age, has spent countless hours volunteering with “Me to We” (formerly known as Free the Children), and has collected non-perishable food items for local food banks, raised funds by selling her own baked goods, and has volunteered at her school, St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

In 2016, Latreille spent three weeks in the small Kenyan community called Olorien where she, along with 28 other youth volunteers, helped the community to build classrooms for children, fetch water for the community up to 10km away, and helped mothers make “Rafiki” bracelets which are sold to provide income for families in the village.

“It is an honour to present South Stormont’s own, Ashleigh Latreille, with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers,” says South Stormont Mayor, Jim Bancroft. “This recognition is a testament to her tireless efforts to improve the lives of others, and we are very proud of this young woman’s commitment to these efforts.”

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, recently announced Latreille would be awarded the medal. As part of the Canadian Honours System, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields. Through significant and sustained efforts, recipients have made valuable contributions to bettering their communities in Canada or abroad.

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