Photo provided Nipissing MPP Monique Smith News Release ********************** The Honourable Monique Smith, MPP for Nipissing and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs had the opportunity to host an event for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal High
The Honourable Monique Smith, MPP for Nipissing and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs had the opportunity to host an event for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Queen’s Park during the Queen’s 22nd tour of Canada.
Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Hon. Monique Smith joined the Royal Couple and the Lieutenant Governor to honour community volunteers, those who have worked to strengthen our communities and who have made the province a better place to live.
Minister Smith invited a group of Nipissing residents to join in this special occasion. They included:
Anita Spalding Bill and Madeleine Eisen Jack Burrows Marguerite Martel Mary-Lou Rainville George Onley Lana Mitchell Jim Marmino Mackenzie Willis
Also invited were representatives of the North Bay Newcomer Network, Marla Tremblay, Ann Welsh and Karen Strang.
Following The Queen’s visit to the Legislative Building, The Queen went on a walkabout. The Queen inspected four Canadian regiments and was honoured with a 21-gun salute during her official farewell to Canada.
“I was delighted that I was able to share this wonderful occasion with this deserving group of individuals from our community,” said MPP Smith. “These individuals represent decades of volunteerism and the best of what our community represents.”
“By serving others, Ontarians honour one another. The Queen and Prince Philip have seen the best of our province over the last few days. We hope they fondly remember their visit for years to come,” said Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario.
The Queen’s dedication to service can inspire us to become more active participants wherever we live and in whatever way we consider appropriate.
Mrs. Anita Spalding
Mrs. Spalding has been volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society for 30 years and has been instrumental in helping run the Breast Screening Clinic at the North Bay General Hospital as its Convenor. She is also a 25 year member of the Dr. Herbert A. Bruce Chapter of I.O.D.E.
Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Madeleine Eisen
Mr. Eisen is an Irish Regiment of Canada veteran and colour sergeant for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 Pipes and Drums. Both are volunteers with Branch 23 of the Royal Canadian Legion and the North East Mental Health Centre in North Bay.
Mr. Jack Burrows
The former mayor of the City of North Bay, Mr. Burrows, is also the founder of the North Bay Community Foundation. He was a member of the North Bay Civic Hospital Board for 12 years and a Member of the North Bay Rotary Club for 36 years.
Mme. Marguerite Martel
A longtime francophone educator and advocate, Mme. Martel was named a Fellow of the Ontario Teacher’s Federation in 1980. She is also the co-founder of Le Centre Culturel Les Compagnons des francs loisirs in North Bay.
Mrs. Mary-Lou Rainville
Mrs. Rainville is currently the Dean of Access for General Studies and Human Services at Canadore College. She is also a Board Member for One Kids Place, North Bay’s children’s treatment centre and former principal of F.J. McElligott Secondary School in Mattawa.
Mr. George Onley
A Navy veteran and retired secondary school teacher, Mr. Onley, is also the Drum Sergeant with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 445 Pipe Band in Callander. He recently unveiled a replica he built of HMCS North Bay at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy in June.
Mrs. Lana Mitchell
Mrs. Mitchell is currently the Executive Director of Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing. In March, she was presented with the Leading Women/Leading Girls, Building Communities Award for her exceptional community leadership in improving the lives of women and girls in Ontario.
Mr. Jim Marmino
Proud to be Italian-Canadian, Mr. Marmino has spent many hours volunteering his time at the Davedi Club in North Bay.
Mr. Mackenzie Willis
Entering Grade 8 at W.J. Fricker Senior Public School, Mr. Willis, is also the Youth Advisor for the World Clean Air Forest Initiative. He has undertaken an initiative to educate youth in our community about clean air and reforestation.