Governor General to honour two Bathurst men in Ottawa

Two Bathurst men are among 46 Canadians being honoured by the Governor General at a ceremony in in Ottawa on Monday, April 24th.

Michael White and Donald Lavigne will be presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Right Honourable David Johnston

The Medal for Volunteers pays tribute to Canadians from across the country for their exceptional volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields.

Lavigne is known for his compassion for young people with developmental disabilities and has been a cross-country ski coach for the Special Olympics since 1998.

White, meanwhile, has been volunteering with organizations like the Royal Canadian Legion, Scouts Canada, and Encounters with Canada for more than 4 decades and has guided many of today's community leaders.

He says it's humbling and a real honour to be recognized for doing some he loves and that it feels good whenever he can help somebody in need.

He says he has complete faith in Canada's youth and that he'll do anything he can to help them achieve success.

Only three of the individuals being recognized are from New Brunswick.