Millet Legion member earns major volunteer award

A long-time member of the Millet Legion has received a prestigious award from the federal government for his many years of volunteer work.

  • May. 4, 2017 6:00 a.m.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

Submitted by Millet Legion

A long-time member of the Millet Legion has received a prestigious award from the federal government for his many years of volunteer work.

Joffre Plaquin, veteran, is a 50 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. His years of volunteer work have earned him a Life Membership, Meritorious Service Medal and a Palm Leaf to the MSM.

As a Legion member he has put in countless hours with the Town of Millet and the Millet Museum earning him a Mayor’s Merit Award. His work on renaming of a street to Hero’s Memorial Drive and the adjacent avenues for first responders, pushing for the restoration of the Millet cenotaph with the addition of a bronze plaque to honour non-returning veterans, and seeing that all veteran’s graves in the Millet cemeteries are marked with a Canadian flag have left an impressionable impact on the community.

Joffre, being a 45 year member of the Knights of Columbus, has also spent many hours volunteering with this organization. Another area where he has volunteered is with the youth program of the Fish and Game Association. Being a cancer survivor has given him the willingness to volunteer at a yearly cancer fundraiser called “Haying in the 30’s”. As a retired superintendent of schools he has volunteered to talk with new teachers entering the profession.

As an avid curler in his day, Joffre has taken up volunteering as an officiator at various curling tournaments in the area.

For all of the above reasons Millet Legion Branch No. 229 feels Joffre is a deserving candidate for the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers which he received from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Apr. 24.

 

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