MNO Citizens and well-wishers meet in Port Credit to honour MNOVC President Joseph Paquette in a special appreciation lunch. Back (L-R): Don Kennedy, Brian Black, Paul Pirie, Shelly Claus, Sgt Raymond Stark, Senator Guy Mandeville, Sharlene Lance, Doug Woods, Greg Garratt. Front (L-R): Margaret Froh and Joseph Paquette. Photo Credit: Sarah Paquette

On July 7, a special tribute honoured Joseph Paquette in recognition of his many years of service to both the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans Council and the wider Métis community.

The Service Appreciation Lunch was held at the Legion Branch #82 in Port Credit and provided a space for colleagues, friends and family to come together, share stories and express their gratitude for the dedication and leadership Joe has shown over the years.

Also attending Sunday’s lunch were MNO President Margaret Froh and members of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO), MNO staff and MNO community members.

In addition to sharing stories, some tokens of appreciation were exchanged, including the gifting of a special Warrior quilt from the Quilts of Valor organization.

While celebrating Joe’s contributions over the years and highlighting his work with Métis Youth, PCMNO Youth Representative Mitch Case took the opportunity to announce a joint partnership between the MNO Youth and Veterans Councils which includes the formation of a new scholarship to be named in Joe’s honour.

In a special presentation, Joe was bestowed with the Order of the Métis Nation. The Métis National Council’s “Order of the Métis Nation” recognizes the positive impact a recipient has made in moving forward the rights and aspirations of the Métis.

On July 16, Joe was additionally awarded the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation Lifetime Contribution at a special ceremony held at the Credit River Métis community office.

The MNO would like to sincerely thank Joe for the leadership and support he has provided the MNO over the years. Thanks Joe! Your contributions, mentorship and service will long be remembered.