U of G Volunteers Honoured with Winegard Awards

April 01, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

The contributions of three outstanding community volunteers from the University of Guelph were recognized today 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. Winners were selected from a pool of nominees by Winegard and volunteer representatives from the University, United Way and Volunteer Centre.

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.

Julie 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 with St. John Ambulance. He is also involved in the LINK Program, which helps international students 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.

“With their generosity, Barbara, Julie and Tin are wonderful examples of how volunteers from the University community make real, meaningful contributions to the City of Guelph and Wellington County,” said Ken Dardano, executive director of the United Way of Guelph and Wellington.

“Today’s celebration is to thank not only these three worthy volunteers, but all of the University volunteers that make invaluable contributions to our community.”

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