Racquel Carlow, President of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO) sent me an email a few months ago to inform me that she had nominated me to receive an Ontario Volunteer Service Award. I was flattered by the gesture and I thanked her for the thought.
On April 16th, I received in the mail an invitation to attend the 2013 Volunteer Service Awards on April 22nd at Deer Creek Golf Club. I cried. I was humbled and grateful that an organization thought enough about me to nominate me for a service award. STAO nominated me for my 15 years of service.
I was only allowed to bring one guest and I brought my wife, Karen.
MPP John O’Toole for Durham was in attendance along with dignitaries from various branches of the government.
It was a wonderful evening that I will treasure and reflect upon as I continue to serve.
[NOTE: I purposely blocked out the signature of the Honourable John O'Toole.]