Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award
Every year since 2006, the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year is presented to a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen who has made ongoing contributions to the Métis Nation and his or her own community.
The 2015 recipient was Councillor Ernie Gatien, the PCMNO Regional Councillor for Region 4. Ernie was very humbled to receive the award, saying that there are many volunteers within the MNO who are deserving of recognition.
The 2016 Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented at the MNO Annual General Assembly (AGA) in North Bay. If you know of a dedicated MNO citizen who deserves to be considered for the award, please think about nominating them. Below you can read the criteria and click here to download a nominaiton form.
The individuals nominated must exemplify the kind of volunteer contribution demonstrated by Suzanne Rochon-Burnett. They will have given generously of their time and effort, are strong advocates of the Métis Nation and their record of selfless commitment has been firmly established. They are seen as caring, giving individuals who others look up to and admire. The candidates will have provided an extended period of service as a volunteer.
About Dr. Suzanne Rochon-Burnett
Dr. Suzanne Rochon-Burnett was a founding member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Named to the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, Suzanne was a member of the Canada Council and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Brock University where she served on the Board of Trustees. She was a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and the first woman inducted into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame. Suzanne passed away in 2006. To honour her memory and recognize her outstanding service as a volunteer, in 2006, the Métis Nation of Ontario named Suzanne as the first recipient of the inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award which now bears her name.
As indicated above, the 2015 Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year was presented to Councillor Ernie Gatien. Past winners of the award have included:
Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, Richard Sarrazin, Senator Reta Gordon, Louise Goulding, Pauline Richardson, Senator Gordon Calder, Senator Marlene Greenwood, Senator Olivine Tiedema, Senator Brenda Powley, Senator Bob McKay and Councillor Ernie Gatien.