Monday, May 29, 2017

This and That --Monday May 29, 2017

The trip home was similar to countless other trips to the mountain.The Red Deer police out 33 km from Red Deer. There was an electric pole on fire by Lacombe which was being doused with water. Sundry farms I passed by had red barns which I look at as art forms. Then there was the long line ups by the city as we got in.
The lawn is full of dandelions. I haven't yet looked at the back garden.
I did a bit of digging up of the dandelion stars ---in a desultory fashion. But it was impossible to remove all of the crudities of yellow; I vowed to do this mundane task every time I go out. Reminded to go out, I then I went to buy something for younger boy to eat.
Once supper was done (sandwich and cut up apple with a glass of milk for younger boy) I saw to the dishes and put out the library books. It is over-warmish in the house since all the windows were boxed up for the weekend. I opened one window and the deck door.
Summer is in full evidence everywhere. Kids on the playground. The lush foliage of the boulevard trees. Small heaps of compost about the bases of the trees along the main roads. The construction delays. The pale dots of the overhead birds crying out some gossip as they rush through their duties. The lawn full of dandelions. The lawn still has to be mowed by younger boy.
And the learner's license. We have agreed on a date for the second attempt on Thursday June 1, 2017. Usually if I put it down on the calendar we do manage to get the task done.
Tomorrow dad has an appointment with Dr. Climenhaga about the corneal transplant that has been troublesome. I hope it works out. Meanwhile I will pick up Rebecca on Wednesday May 31, 2017 and then do something. What I do not know. It's good to go out and do stuff like an ordinary human being rather than sit in the house so I will think of what we can do on the day we do it. Mum was taken out by my brother on Sunday as I had not done it. Maybe we will have time to go out with mum when I do younger boy's driver's learners test on Thursday. It's best to combine tasks.
Mum went to Sears on Sunday and so I imagine she won't want to go there but to some boring shoe place. Maybe we will just vegetate in the house.
So that is the week. I haven't done anything on the lawsuit as this is a period where the lawyer gets to do stuff. I haven't yet applied to this award for Ruth as I am still thinking about how to do this award and who to ask to write the references:
Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
During a visit to Calgary in March 2013, the Governor General teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta to help construct a duplex in Evanston.
The Governor General presented the recognized Faduma Wais (Orléans, Ontario) during the National We Day event, on April 9, 2014, in Ottawa.On December 19, 2014, Christmas Exchange Program volunteers helped pack food hampers for Ottawa families in need.
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.
Tell us about a friend, co-worker or member of your community who inspires you and deserves to be recognized. Submit a nomination in a few simple steps!
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.
Description of the Medal
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.
For any questions about the program, please direct them to or call 613-993-3529 or 1-800-465-6890 (toll-free).
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (1995-2016)
The Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award was created in 1995 by the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc to recognize the unsung heroes who volunteer their time, their efforts and a great deal of their lives to helping others, and who ask for nothing in return. The program was replaced by the Medal for Volunteers in 2016.
Description of the award
Caring Canadian Award Pin
The Caring Canadian Award consists of a letter, certificate and a lapel pin presented to recipients by the governor general or by lieutenant-governors, territorial commissioners, mayors, members of the Order of Canada or partner organizations.
The award’s emblem represents Canadians who selflessly give of their time and energy to others. The maple leaf symbolizes the people of Canada and their spirit; the heart depicts the open-heartedness of volunteers; and the outstretched hand portrays boundless generosity. The helping hand and heart support the maple leaf. The blue and gold colours, which appear on the viceregal flag, indicate the award’s connection with the governor general.
Date modified: June 22, 2016
I have to wait for the other award:
The Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award
From: <>
Date: Mon, May 29, 2017 at 7:47 AM
Subject: RE: 20170519-093555-000-A The Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award
The deadline may be in June/July depending on if the launch for nominations takes place in April 2018.
From: Julie Ali
 Sent: 2017-05-23 11:33 PM
Subject: Re: 20170519-093555-000-A The Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award
Please put me on the mailing list for the next round of this award.
Please let me know the deadline for completion of this award as I wasn't able to find it on the website.
On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 11:25 AM, <> wrote:
Dear Ms. Ali,
Thank you for your interest in the Canada’s Volunteer Awards.
The call for nominations is now closed. We anticipate the next launch to take place in April 2018 but do not have a set date. If you wish, we can include you on our email list to keep you informed about the program.
I have attached a copy of the form you have requested below and the Guidelines. It is possible that there may be changes before the next launch however this will give you an idea of the award category and what the criteria is. If you prefer a mailed copy of these documents, please confirm.
Emily Chan
Agente de programme | Program Officer
Les prix pour le bénévolat du Canada | Canada’s Volunteer Awards
Direction des partenariats de développement communautaire et de lutte contre l’itinérance | Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate
Ministère de l’Emploi et du Développement Social | Department of Employment and Social Development
140 Place du Portage, Phase IV
Gatineau (Quebec) K1A 0J9
Téléphone | Telephone 819-654-3927
Gouvernement du Canada | Government of Canada
From: Julie Ali [
Sent: 2017-05-19 9:36 AM
To: info-cva-pbc
Subject: 20170519-093555-000-A The Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award

Can you mail me three copies of the application form for the Therese Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award?
I was not able to access this on your website.
Can you let me know the deadline for this award as well?
Thank you,
Julie Ali
My address:
Julie Ali
Edmonton, Alberta
National award
The Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award is the national award category.
Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award
Nominees in this category are dedicated individuals who have volunteer for at least 20 years and have inspired other volunteers, led volunteer groups or made other exceptional achievements through volunteering. Their contributions may have been made through ongoing commitments to one organization or cause, or separate commitments to a variety of organizations or causes.
Examples of nominees (all examples are fictitious):
When he was 35 years old, Arthur started a shelter when a friend confided in him about the years of abuse she suffered as a child. The shelter, which accommodates up to 16 children, provides short-term services to boys and girls between 10 and 17 years old who have suffered abuse. Now 58 years old, Arthur continues to run the shelter and works tirelessly to educate others in his community about how they can protect children from abuse.
Millie makes weekly visits to residents at the local seniors' home, volunteers at special events that raise funds for development projects and sits on the board of directors for a community not-for-profit organization. She also babysits, lends her car and offers a place to stay to people who need help.
Refer to the biographyof the 2016 recipient of the Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award.

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Contemplating the next award application for Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society.
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