Captain Steven Mullins received recognition Monday night at City Council for his over 30 years of service to the community. Mullins was one of two people who received The Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers on August 13th, 2018.
Mayor Provenzano facilitated the honour on behalf of the Government of Canada. “This is one of our country’s most prestigious awards.” shared Mayor Provenzano. “Tonight we recognize two worthy recipients – Steven Mullins and Micheline Findlay.”
“Steve has dedicated over 30 years towards the advancement of youth in our community through volunteer service. Mullins continues to be a committed leader with Scouts Canada, and is a cadet Officer with the 155 Borden Gray (GC) Royal Canadian Air cadets. Further to this, Mullins is an active member in his community of faith at Central Untied Church.”
Mullins served for 6 years – two three year terms as the Commanding Officer of the 155 Borden Gray (GC) Air Cadet Squadron. A Change of Command ceremony took place in May, 2015, elevating Captain Jim Browne to Commanding Officer.
Captain Mullins has lived a life of service since he was a youngster. In fact, by the time he was 25 years old, he had already won the Duke of Edinburgh International Award for youth.
Captain Mullins came up to the ONNtv Studios last week. In the featured video above, Mullins spoke about some of the reasons volunteerism is an important component to leading a meaningful life.
In the video below, Mullins takes part in the Scouts Head Shave for Cancer Awareness at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.
The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the viceregal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.
The design of medal was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, based on a concept by Darcy DeMarsico of the Chancellery of Honours. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at its Ottawa facility.
Any person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible. Candidates must have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism. The Medal is awarded to individuals only, not to groups or couples. Non-Canadians are also eligible if their contributions have brought benefit or honour to Canadians or to Canada.
The Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the program and receives all nominations. Each one is carefully researched and then reviewed by an advisory committee, which makes recommendations to the governor general. The selection process is non-partisan and merit-based. Presentation ceremonies are held throughout the year, in communities across Canada.
There is no deadline for submissions. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year.