Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc invested Jaime Battiste of the Eskasoni, First Nation, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers today, Jan. 25, at a ceremony at Government House, Halifax.
Mr. Battiste, who currently works for the Mi’kmaw Kinamatnewey as treaty education lead for Nova Scotia, was recognized for his volunteer efforts to advance and educate others about Mi’kmaq law and treaty rights. His passion for educating others and for being involved has influenced many to develop the same interests and to devote their time to their community. In addition, he has volunteered as legal advisor to the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and is also an active volunteer with athletics, youth advocacy, and fundraising.
“On behalf of The Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is a great pleasure and honour to recognize Mr. Battiste with this medal for his exceptional efforts to promote and preserve this very important aspect of Nova Scotia’s history, heritage and culture,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “His voluntary efforts set a fine example for others.”
Established in 2016 by then Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.