Bury’s benevolence burns bright

Bury’s benevolence burns bright

17 local volunteers receive Sovereign Charles III pins at Uplands Museum


By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative


Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for Compton-Stanstead and minister of national revenue, awarded 17 Sovereign Charles III pins to local volunteers of note at Uplands Museum Aug. 25, many of whom were from Bury. The Record was present, along with over 40 others, to take everything in.

“Today is a very special day. We are gathered to give out special distinctions to important people in our community,” Bibeau began. The pin to be received is the Canadian Emblem of King Charles III, she continued, that highlights its recipients’ achievements in community engagement. The recipients are driven, she said, not by a need for recognition, but because they recognized a need in their community and chose to give back. All were nominated for the award by their fellow citizens, she noted.

“Prince Philip came [to Uplands] in 1989… and now you’re about to receive the King Charles medal [from] Princess Diana,” Bibeau joked.

A transcript provided to The Record after the event detailed the names of each recipient and their accomplishments:

Renée Arsenault-Delisle

A committed woman who always gives of her time. Since 1980, she has been a member of the Société de généalogie des Cantons-de-l’Est, of which she received the distinction of emeritus member in 1999. She has done digital capture in several parishes in the Eastern Townships. Volunteer with the Fondation des Amis de la généalogie and the Fédération des Sociétés de généalogie du Québec.

Joel Barter

He is a major collector and interested in everything related to Bury’s history. He also knows all of Bury’s founding families. Member of the Bury History and Heritage Society.

Donna Coates

During the 24th edition of the Hommage Bénévolat-Québec awards, she won the Volunteer of the Year award. She instills confidence and motivation in young people to persevere in their schooling. She introduces more than one to the pleasures of reading, nourishes their curiosity and, remarkably, she does it in English and French. She does volunteer work for Meals on Wheels, Moisson Haut-St-François et La table des ainés.

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