Jean Polak Of Bracebridge Receives Ontario Medal For Good Citizenship

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The Ontario government honoured eight distinguished individuals for their contributions to their communities and the province, with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, the province’s second-highest civilian honour. One of the recipients was lawyer E. Jean Polak, of Bracebridge.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, joined by Vincent Ke, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, invested the recipients with their medals at a ceremony at Queen’s Park yesterday.
“I am honoured to invest this year’s recipients of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, all of whom have demonstrated a common devotion to Ontario,” said the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “Good citizenship is the foundation of a society that aspires to be resilient. It is fundamentally about how we live together and what we can expect from one another. The civic leadership of these awardees is helping to shape our future as well as our present.”
Bracebridge citizen and lawyer E. Jean Polak is described as a gift to her community. Whether defending the most vulnerable, assisting those in difficult times, protecting the environment or enriching the community, she works and volunteers with both enthusiasm and compassion.
“Congratulations to the honourees of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport. “These individuals have devoted their time, passion, expertise and efforts to make positive change and a lasting impact in their communities and the province. They stand as model Ontarians who exemplify civic-mindedness, integrity and community leadership.”
Mayor Graydon Smith said, “On behalf of Town Council and the residents of Bracebridge, we would like to congratulate Jean on this accomplishment. She is a role model and inspiration for all people who seek to help build our community.”


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