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In 2016, Marco Iannuzzi holds the CFL’s Tom Pate Memorial Award, given annually to the CFL player who best represents sportsmanship, dedication to the league and community service. (File photo) Former B.C. Lions receiver Marco Iannuzzi is among Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers award winners in the province.

The Surrey resident will be among 40 people honoured by Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin at a ceremony at Government House in Victoria on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 6).

The medal is designed to recognize “the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.

“Besides being a professional athlete, an investment advisor and a family man, Marco Iannuzzi has volunteered as a charity auctioneer and board member for such organizations as Sources BC, Els for Autism, the MS Society of Canada, Bring Back Hope, and The Whistler Invitational,” says a government release.


BC Lions’ wide receiver has soft hands, big heart , from 2016.

Ex-B.C. Lion Marco Iannuzzi great as ‘Gru’ at Polar Plunge fundraiser , from March 2018.

The Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, created in 1995, by then-governor general Roméo LeBlanc. “The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.”

The recipients of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for 2018 are as follows, with submitted biographies:

Gordon Barrett – North Vancouver

Gordon Barrett has proudly served his community for over 30 years. His volunteer commitment to military and spiritual affairs has helped countless individuals in times of need, bringing Lower Mainland communities together through his work as a regimental piper.

Curtis Becker – Victoria

Curtis Becker goes beyond his duties as a volunteer with the Juan de Fuca Scout group. He has dedicated the last 13 years to finding different ways to help youth become engaged citizens of society.

Commander Peter Betcher – Nanaimo

A long-serving volunteer with the Royal Canadian Legion and the Navy League of Canada, Peter Betcher has given much of his time to engaging youth and supporting veterans across Vancouver Island.

Bonnie Blackhall – Campbell RiverBonnie Blackhall has been volunteering with the Opportunities Career Services Society and other organizations for over 30 years. Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, she has spent over a decade putting her degree in social work to good use by helping low-income couples receive their tax benefits.Robert Bowes – BurnabySince his retirement in 2012, Robert Bowes has been a volunteer with MOSAIC, a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver. He gives of his time as a career and social mentor, and teaches English and participates in fundraising activities.Carl Brownell – ChilliwackIn addition to serving for four decades with the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Carl Brownell has spent considerable time speaking with students about remembrance. He played a key role in erecting the Piper Richardson Memorial Statue in Chilliwack in 2003.Erick Carreras – New WestminsterErick Carreras is an undergraduate student and active volunteer at the University of British Columbia. As the co-president of Undergraduate Research Opportunities, he co-ordinated networking and educational events, and was instrumental in founding the Research Experience (REX) program. He served as co-chair of the organizing committees for conferences on global health and research.Nina Graham – RichmondNina Graham has been a dedicated volunteer in her community for nearly three decades. In addition to helping with Canadian Blood Services donor clinics, she is a fitness instructor at the YMCA and a Green Coat ambassador at the Vancouver Airport.Douglas Harrison – ChilliwackDividing his time among several organizations, notably the Kiwanis Club and the local […]

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