U of G Volunteers Honoured with Winegard Awards

March 31, 2011 - News Release

Three outstanding volunteers from the University of Guelph received 2011 Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards today from the United Way of Guelph and Wellington and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington.

Now in their fifth year, the awards highlight volunteerism by members of the U of G community.

Award recipients are Prof. Cynthia Scott-Dupree, School of Environmental Sciences; Jocelyn Wessels, a research assistant in the Department of Biomedical Sciences; and fourth-year student Jordan Thompson. They were selected from a pool of nominees by Winegard and representatives of the University, the United Way and the Volunteer Centre.

“With their generosity, Cynthia, Jocelyn and Jordan 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, the United Way’s executive director.

Scott-Dupree was recognized for her longtime contributions to the Special Olympics as head coach of the Fergus Phantoms Special Olympics Swim Team.

Wessels volunteers with the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington and Guelph General Hospital. She raises money for underprivileged children, and for patients and their families in the hospital diagnostic imaging department.

Thompson’s numerous volunteer activities include Meal Exchange, Sustainability Week, Student Volunteer Connections and the Do So Much Weekend.

“Over the past five years, we’ve had the pleasure of honouring 15 outstanding volunteers,” said Cathy Taylor, executive director of the Volunteer Centre. “We thank not only the award recipients but also all of the volunteers from the University who make invaluable contributions to our community.”

The awards are presented before National Volunteer Week April 10 to 16. Winners will receive original artworks by U of G student Tori Drost.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, Ext. 53338, lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982, d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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