Volunteer Work Recognized
Winegard awards honour community contributions of Guelph faculty, staff, students
The contributions of three outstanding community volunteers from U of G were recognized last week by the United Way of Guelph and Wellington and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington.
The 2010 Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards were presented to Barbara Leslie, a sessional lecturer in the Department of Population Medicine; Julie Hutchins, a staff member in Student Housing Services; and Tin Vo, a fourth-year student in molecular biology and genetics.
Leslie, a DVM and M.Sc. graduate of Guelph, was honoured for her volunteer contributions to a number of local organizations. She currently serves on the boards of directors for Hospice Wellington and Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. She also volunteers as a communications coach with undergraduate veterinary students.
Hutchins was recognized for her volunteer roles in a range of organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Guelph Soccer and Church of Our Lady.
Vo was lauded for his contributions to student life and his community. This has included promoting health concerns with the AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County and volunteering as a medical first responder with St. John Ambulance. He is also involved in the LINK Program, which helps international students make the transition to life in Canada.
The Winegard awards were created in 2007 to highlight volunteerism in the University community. The winners receive original artwork created by U of G student Tori Drost.