Longtime volunteer Laurean Reid  has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. This honour, created by the Crown and administered by the Office of the Governor General, is “intended for an individual whose unpaid, voluntary contribution provides extraordinary help or care to individuals or groups in the community.”

Former Sunshine Coast ElderCollege board member and Program Committee Chair, Laurean Reid, will be presented with the prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers award by Her Worship, Mayor Darnelda Siegers at the Seaside Centre on Friday, January 10 at 2pm. The award presentation will be followed by a reception and cake cutting.

ElderCollege nominated Reid for the medal and the nomination was endorsed by the Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living (SCACL) based on Reid’s long and dedicated volunteer work for both organizations. In fact, Reid’s volunteer work over four decades extends well beyond these two organizations to include the Rotary Club, the Salmonid Enhancement Society, the Hospice and the Sechelt Hospital Foundation. A qualified registered nurse, Reid has applied her professional and administrative skills toward making our community better.

The medal is an official Canadian honour created by the Crown and as such is part of the Canadian honours system administered by the Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

“The medal is intended for an individual whose unpaid, voluntary, contribution provides extraordinary help or care to individuals or groups in the community.”

The medal’s design was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and the medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint.

ElderCollege is a group of adults aged 55 plus with a zest for life and a belief in life- long learning. We put on two semesters a year, most classes are held at CapU’s Sechelt Campus, and advertising and registration is handled by the Sunshine Coast Regional District. In addition, the ElderCollege puts on free community wide lectures and has introduced bursaries for deserving students at CapU.