MP Dr. Leitch Honours Local Constituents with the John Simcoe Recognition Awards

February 24, 2014

COLLINGWOOD, ON – The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe Grey, honoured outstanding constituents by presenting seven John Simcoe Recognition Awards this past Saturday. The awards were presented to a business, community organization and people who, through their selfless volunteer work, have made a positive difference in the community.

“Within the riding of Simcoe-Grey we have many dedicated people who have enriched the lives of others and I am proud to take this opportunity to recognize these selfless contributions,” said Dr. Leitch. “There couldn’t be a more fitting person to name these awards after than the former Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe. He dedicated his life to making our country the best it can be.”

This year’s recipients are:

Service Club: Alliston Lions Club – The Alliston Lions Club has been actively serving the community since 1936, supporting the Canadian Diabetes Foundation and the Banting homestead project, providing eye glasses to those in need and distributing Christmas Hampers so everyone can enjoy the holidays.

Business: Saunders Book Company – The Saunders Book Company was established in 1965 and now employs 140 people. Throughout the years the company has contributed to many local projects including the Collingwood Library. YMCA, Breaking Down Barriers and the Salvation Army.

Senior: William Hanke – An architect by trade, William volunteered to act as the Building Project Manager for the Hospice Georgian Triangle Campbell House. William has additionally taken on the role as the hospice site supervisor. Larry Hogarth – An engineer by profession, Larry donated his time and expertise to assist in the development of the engineered site plans for the Hospice Georgian Triangle Campbell House. Dr. William Ives – Dr. Ives has given back to the community through countless hours of volunteer work, by sitting on local boards and participating in local community groups. During his career Dr. Ives performed 13 international missions and is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Individual: Ehab Masad – As the current President of the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club Ehab has chaired many Rotary committees and has been awarded the highest Rotary International award one can receive. He has also played key role to help organize many community events and festivals, and was chair and founder of the Promote Wasaga Committee.

Youth: Michael Ralphs – During his four years of secondary school Michael completed nearly 800 hours of volunteer work assisting many in the community including those at the Apostle Church, the Stevenson Memorial Hospital and local seniors. He also traveled to Jamaica to volunteer with Missionaries of the Poor.

For an entire photo album of the event please go to:!/media/set/?set=a.654147671289284.1073741835.148744515162938&type=1



For further information:

Holly Haire

Executive Assistant of the Constituency

Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont, MP

Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey


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