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Every year since 2006, the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award 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 2018 Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented at the MNO Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Peterborough, Aug. 17 - 19. If you know a dedicated MNO citizen who deserves to be considered for the award, nominate them by filling out the nomination form.
The 2017 recipient was MNO Veterans' Council Secretary -Treasurer and Region 7 Captain of the Hunt Greg Garratt. Greg dedicates countless hours to the advancement of the Métis Nation of Ontario and is well-known for his dedication to Métis veterans and harvesters as well as his impressive contributions to the Region 7 Consultation Committee and his local community council.
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.
Past winners of the award include:
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. Ernie Gatien, Joseph Paquette and Greg Garratt.
Updated on: May 16, 2018