Riverside South resident Lesia Gilbert will be awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on April 28, 2017, at Ottawa City Hall in recognition of her contributions to her community.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is an official Canadian honour and the only one for volunteerism given by the governor general of Canada. It recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country.
Lesia is a happily married, loving mother of three busy boys (an 8yr old and twin 2.5yr olds) and a full-time CPA with Medco Medical Supply and Services Ltd. She is also likely the most well-known and recognizable member of the RSCA due to her lengthy involvement with the association and outstanding leadership in some of our most popular events.
Lesia first joined the RSCA in November 2007 and became the Volunteer Coordinator, just one month after moving to Riverside South. She added Treasurer to her portfolio in March 2010, and with no current event coordinator on the executive, that same summer she also spearheaded the Canada Day festivities. In November 2011, Lesia took on the position of Event Coordinator in addition to her Treasurer duties and still holds those positions today. Since that time, she has been the driving force behind turning the Christmas events and Canada Day into what they are today, by adding the Toy Mountain Campaign and Parade and moving Canada Day festivities to Claudette Cain Park and growing both events every year. Just recently, Lesia facilitated the launch of the RSCA Canada Flag Program and it appears that it will be yet another success to add to her volunteering resume.
When Lesia is not busy with RSCA activities, she somehow finds time to volunteer with Children at Risk for whom she was Treasurer for 8 yrs. She has also managed to devote time to canvassing for the March of Dimes and Breast Cancer, and volunteering at our local elementary public school, with South Ottawa Race Day, and with the Multiple Births Family Association.
To quote RSCA president Bruce Lindsay: “we couldn’t be more pleased and elated for Lesia. She is most deserving of this award for the numerous events, activities and social causes that she has championed over the years. Her volunteer efforts have contributed immensely to the sense of community residents enjoy in Riverside South”.
Well done Lesia!!
For more information on the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers: https://caring.gg.ca/en/FAQ