The 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit Dinner & Ceremony took place April 18th,2015, at The Iron Club, located at The Sault Golf and Country Club, Queen St.E. Citizen nominated awards are wonderful opportunities for members of community and area to celebrate someone they see volunteering and working for the greater community good. Mayor Christian Provenzno awarded some terrific members of Sault Ste. Marie and area during the 2014 ceremony and dinner. The 2014 recipients are Aidan Bass; Don Mitchell; Chris Rous; Sherri Smith; the Marcoux Brothers and Team Jacobs.
The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie established a committee in 1972 to award the Medal of Merit annually to persons or groups in recognition of outstanding achievement in the areas of athletics, culture or academics, or those who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
In March,2015 Mac Marcoux, guided by his brother BJ, became Canada’s first gold medalist at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Panorama, BC. Mac landed on the The Sochi Olympics 2014 medal podium three times. Mac has recently won The Crystal Globe award, recognized in the 2014/2015 season for Overall World Cup athlete, Para-Alpine, Alpine Canada. Mac rose to the top of the Alpine Ski racing world, when at age 15 years, he scored three World Cup podium finishes and earned a silver medal at the world championships in LaMolina,Spain. Mac is waiting for a specialist appointment in London,Ontario for potential knee surgery. “I’ve been nursing a knee injury since February” shared Mac. “Getting back on the hill is priority number 1.” B.J. & Mac have only just returned from a Prospect Camp out west, in Sunshine Valley B.C. where B.J. helped to “guide and mentor a young skiier of 14 yrs.” B.J. spoke about the experience before the awards ceremony at The Iron Club. “I was invited to come out and ski with a new generation of young skiiers. It was such a great opportunity to learn about coaching, mentoring, teaching at The National Level (Alpine Canada). Mac and B.J. are a tremendous example of living an authentic life of purpose, dedication and strength of family. The Marcoux brotherhood are country boys from Havilland,Ont. They received the 2014 Medal of Merit for achieving national and international status in an athletic endeavour.
Recipient Sherri Smith founded the St. Joseph Island,Ontario Triathlon and established cross-country running teams at Sault College. Sherri is a Canadian Track and Field elite performer, having participated at the international level, Triathlon Union World Championships in 1999,2002,2004. In addition to her accomplishments as a triathlete, Sherri has contributed to many local organizations, including Chair of the Sault Sports Council; past president of the Sault Stryders Club; founding member and past president of the Sault Athletics Club; Director, Board of Children’s Rehabilitation Centre of Algoma; and organizing the Eco-Challenge Adventure Race at Searchmont. Sherri Smith received the 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit for achieving provincial and national championship status in an athletic endeavour.
Aidan Bass is excelling in the world of Youth Bowling beyond the lanes and leagues in the Sault. He recently won gold at Youth Bowling Canada and Canadian Tenpin Federation’s provincial championships. His next big event is in Chicago, Illinois in July 2015.The Junior Gold Championships is the pinnacle tournament event for top youth bowlers. Aidan Bass receives the 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit as a youth who has achieved provincial or national championship status in an athletic or other competitive endeavour. This is a young person on the move, who enjoys pursuing live theartre and honing his skills in the bowling lanes from here parts abroad. enjoying a sport, representing the community with lots of heart.
Don Mitchell has been a community volunteer for over 43 years serving on numerous municipal, educational, and charitable boards and committees.He has been awarded the Chamber of Commerce President’s Award, the Paul Dalseg Community Achievement Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer service including many years as a champion for Economic Development in the community, including as President and Chair of Economic Development Corporation and Algoma University Board of Governors.
There aren’t too many people who wouldn’t be familiar with Chris Rous. “My friend is a respected educator,dedicated volunteer in the arts community, supporting libraries all across this region” shared Wayne Greco” “Chirs’s nomination was made as a combined effort with myself, Roxanne Rissanan, and Ret. Judge Wayne Cohen.” adding “Chris embodies the definition of a good citizen.”
Chris Rous has been an active volunteer and champion for inclusive education through his professional work. He continues to ensure that a vibrant arts community is a priority in our region. One of the most understated things about Chris, is the sheer amount of driving and travel he invests in throughout the District. He has been a volunteer board member of the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District for 13 years,volunteering extensively for community theatre,the Sault Theatre Workshop and Musical Comedy Guild. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Community Theatre Centre. Chris has been a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Board for over 21 years and Chair for 11, volunteering his time and talents for the enhancement of library services in Sault Ste. Marie and Northern Ontario. Chris has been a board member and Vice Chair of Ontario Library Services North and is well known along the North Shore for his love of libraries and helping smaller library boards do great things. In 2012, he received the Ontario Volunteer award for thirty years of service to various organizations in the Sault Ste. Marie area. Chris Rous received the 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit for his outstanding contributions to the community. A most impressive body of work.
As one of the most recognizable men’s curling teams in the world, Team Jacobs, without a doubt, continues to set the example for athletic fitness, mental preparation and team sportsmanship in their chosen calling, to the sport of curling. Team Jacobs continues to set the standard for intentional team building, athleticism, transforming curling into a sport that has undoubtedly elevated the canadian cultural curling conversation. Passion for the sport is undeniable. Known for their physical fitness, Team Jacobs has embraced performance excellence, training all year to enhance peak performance during the curling season. E.J. Harnden spoke about a welcome springtime that sees Team Jacobs taking time for “rejuvenation with family and friends.” During the ‘off season’, members E.J. & Ryan Harnden,Brad Jacobs,Ryan Fry and coach Tom Coulterman stay focused on physical and mental training. “In mid-August, we will be heading to Southern Ontario. The Guelph and Oakville area provide training opportunities on ‘summer ice’. We’ll be participating in a mini training camp in early September, as well as planning, scheduling, working through sponsorships.” Canada’s elite curling team is finding some rest for mind,body and spirit in their home town of Sault Ste. Marie. Team Jacobs received the 2014 Medal of Merit for achieving national and international status in an athletic endeavour.
Congratulations to all of the recipients of The Sault Ste. Marie 2014 Medal of Merit Award. The Selection Committee consists of Mayor Christian Provenzano, His Honour Justice Romuald Kwolek, Sylvain Brazeau, Maureen Dodd, and Dave Pettalia.