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 MNO and their own community. If you know of a dedicated MNO citizen who deserves to be considered for the award please read the information below and complete the nomination form.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award is to recognize individuals who contribute as a volunteer to the MNO year-round and have done so for a number of years. Each year a volunteer meeting the criteria is named as the recipient of the Suzanne-Rochon Volunteer of the Year by a selection committee.
PROCESS: Any MNO citizen can nominate a volunteer by sending a completed Nomination Form to the following address:
SRB Volunteer of the Year Award Committee
Métis Nation of Ontario
1100 – 66 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5H1
CRITERIA: Individuals nominated must exemplify the kind of volunteer contribution demonstrated by Suzanne Rochon-Burnett. They will have: given generously of their time and effort; been strong advocates of the Métis Nation; have a firmly established record of selfless commitment; and be seen as caring, giving individuals that others look up to and admire. The candidates will have provided an extended period of service as a volunteer.
About the Award
Dr. Suzanne Rochon-Burnett was a strong advocate for Métis rights recognition, both at the provincial and federal levels. Named to the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, Suzanne 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 the MNO named Suzanne as the inaugural recipient of the 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, Greg Garratt and Peter Coture.
Past winners of the SRB Volunteer of the Year Award:
2020 – The 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award was unprecedented, as it was given to all the MNO Community Councils in recognition of their incredible efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. MNO Community Council members truly went above and beyond to reach out to their communities in the very difficult conditions presented by the pandemic.
2018 – Peter Coture
2017 – Greg Garratt
2016 – Joseph Paquette
2015 – Ernest Gatien
2014 – Bob McKay
2013 – Brenda Powley
2012 – Marlene Greenwood
2011 – Olivine Bousquet-Tiedema & Gordon Calder
2010 – Pauline Saulnier
2009 – Louise Goulding
2008 – Richard Sarrazin
2007 – Reta Gordon