Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Governor General Recognizes Heroic Acts and Exceptional Service at the Scouts Canada National Awards Ceremony
-Alan Griffin on one of his many visits to Vintage Wings this summer, enjoys his beloved Hurricane during an engine start-up.
OTTAWA, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, joined Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors for Scouts Canada, in acknowledging recipients of the 2010 National Awards at a ceremony held in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill. The Governor General, in his capacity as Patron Scout of Scouts Canada, will present awards to two recipients during the event. Fourteen other extraordinary Scouting members, who received Scouts Canada's highest awards in the past few years, will also be acknowledged during the same ceremony. Each of the awards carries an incredible story of courage, heroism, personal achievement and outstanding service [see attached factsheet for details].
Also in attendance at the special ceremony were His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, Honourary President of the World Scout Foundation, Her Majesty Queen Silvia, the Honourable Senator Donald H. Oliver, Speaker Pro Tempore, the Honourable Senator Consiglio Di Nino and Janet Yale, Executive Commissioner and CEO of Scouts Canada. The event was held in conjunction with the 60th World Baden-Powell Fellowship Event and included attendance of Scouting supporters from around the world.
The National Awards recipients include: three (3) youth members who exemplify outstanding courage in the face of personal difficulties; three (3) youth members and three (3) adults who are being recognized for acts of gallantry and meritorious conduct; and, seven (7) adult members of Scouting who have given outstanding service to Scouting at the provincial, national and international levels of the movement.
"Whether standing up to knife-wielding bullies, demonstrating quick thinking that saves a young brother's life, creating calm in the midst of a crisis or working tirelessly to serve your community - these are the workings of everyday heroes that we want to stop and recognize," explained Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors for Scouts Canada. "I'm proud of all the recipients of this year's National Awards, but more than anything I'm proud that Scouts Canada continues to play a vital role in promoting each person's ability to make a difference in their community."
Among the 2010 Recipients of Scouts Canada's National Awards Ceremony was Mr. Alan Griffin, Nepean, ON.
Alan has given dedicated service of the most exceptional character to Scouting over many, many years since his youth. As a role model, he has inspired countless youth, leaders and volunteers. Of particular note is Alan's significant role as Curator in the on-going development and renewal of the Canadian Museum of Scouting at the National Office.