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Stratford honours residents devoted to improving the lives of others

Mayor David Dunphy is shown with Stratford volunteers Pam Ing and David Ing. They are the recipients of the MacDougall-MacIntyre Senior Volunteer of the Year Award.
Mayor David Dunphy is shown with Stratford volunteers Pam Ing and David Ing. They are the recipients of the MacDougall-MacIntyre Senior Volunteer of the Year Award. - Contributed

Stratford, P.E.I. - At the Town of Stratford’s recent Canada Day celebrations, the town took time to recognize and thank community residents for their volunteer work and dedication to improving the lives of others and their community.

Debbie Reid was the recipient of the Gail and Neil MacDonald Volunteer of the Year Award. A Stratford resident for the past seven years, Reid was a dedicated volunteer for the duration of the Stratford Skatepark project, including the fundraising efforts with Chase the Ace and Pathway of Support. She has also been an active participant on the Stratford’s of the World Committee and will be participating later this year in the reunion taking place in Australia.

In addition, she is currently the president of the Airforce Association of P.E.I. and has been involved with Flags of Remembrance, the annual Poppy Campaign, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Legion Sick & Visiting Committee, as well as being an active participant during Veterans’ Week visiting area schools. Her other volunteer efforts include Elder Dog P.E.I., Children’s Wish Foundation, East Coast Music Awards, St. John Ambulance Pet Therapy and the Cat Action Team.

This year’s recipient of the Stephen J. MacQuaid Memorial Youth Award is Jaden Bulger, centre, shown with her parents, Richie and Audra Bulger.
This year’s recipient of the Stephen J. MacQuaid Memorial Youth Award is Jaden Bulger, centre, shown with her parents, Richie and Audra Bulger.

The Stephen J. MacQuaid Memorial Youth Award was presented to Jaden Bulger, an active member of the Stratford Youth Centre since 2011 and a youth executive member since 2015. In 2017, she volunteered over 100 hours through the Stratford Youth Walk-a-Thon, Stratford Winter Fam Fest, Tea Hill canteen, youth dances, food drives, Bowl for Kids Sake, Youth Council Prom Dress Consignment Sale and many more community events.

She continues to volunteer her time with a variety of community and school activities. In 2016 she was the Stonepark graduating class valedictorian and this past spring was in the Charlottetown Rural High School production of “High School Musical”.

Also as part of the Canada Day celebrations, the MacDougall-MacIntyre Senior Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Pam and David Ing.

Mayor David Dunphy congratulates Debbie Reid on receiving the Gail and Neil MacDonald Volunteer of the Year Award.
Mayor David Dunphy congratulates Debbie Reid on receiving the Gail and Neil MacDonald Volunteer of the Year Award.

Both have been active volunteers in Stratford for many years with various town committees, including Events Committee, Seniors Committee, Stratfords of the World Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee, as well as helping out with the Chase the Ace initiative and a variety of other community groups and causes.

“The Town of Stratford has been extremely lucky to have these residents so thoroughly involved in our community,” said Mayor David Dunphy in making the presentations.

“It is through the efforts of community volunteers like these four individuals that Stratford continues to thrive and grow. On behalf of the Town of Stratford, I thank each of them for their volunteer work and dedication to making our community a great place to live and work”.


At a glance:

These awards are presented annually at the Town of Stratford’s Canada Day celebrations.

Calls for nominations open in the winter each year and provide the opportunity for nominations to be received from the community.

For more information, click here or call 902569-1995.

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