Dr. Don Strangway, shown here at an Abbotsford Hospice Society event, has received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Longtime Abbotsford volunteer receives Sovereign’s Medal

Dr. Don Strangway honoured for work with hospice, refugees and more

A longtime Abbotsford volunteer was recently recognized with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Dr. Don Strangway was among those receiving the honour, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements from across the country and abroad.

Strangway was nominated for the award by the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) because of his “positive attitude, meticulous attention to detail, outstanding work ethic, considerable energy and dedication to every task,” according to executive director Ron Kuehl.

“Don has become a critical part of our youth and children’s grief and loss support program … Don is particularly adept at helping in complex grief and loss cases, and always applies his skills in a way that will develop a strength of relationship with the client,” Kuehl said.

Strangway is originally from Africa and spent more than 40 years as a general surgeon while supporting several non-profit organizations.

His volunteer work includes hospitals and hospices, church-based groups, interfaith organizations, ESL support for children, and refugee support and sponsorship of families from Syria and Africa.

In addition to the AHS, the organizations he has been involved with include Trinity Memorial United Church, Abbotsford Community Services, the Abbotsford Interfaith Movement and the Interfaith Refugee Project.

As an official honour created by the Crown, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is part of the Canadian Honours System.

Nominations for the medal are accepted throughout the year by the Chancellery of Honours and reviewed by an advisory committee, which makes recommendations to the governor general.

RELATED: Local group set to welcome refugee family to Abbotsford

RELATED: Refugee family and sponsorship group share lives and cultures

 

Dr. Don Strangway, shown here blowing bubbles at an Abbotsford Hospice Society event, has received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Just Posted

Country trio Rascal Flatts announce stop at Abbotsford Centre

Concert on Nov. 1 with special guests Aaron Goodvin and Steve Lee Olsen

Colorado singer-songwriter performs two shows in Abbotsford

Jeremy Facknitz at Fieldhouse Brewing and Singletree Winery

Abbotsford ranks second on Ashley Madison’s ‘Infidelity Hotlist’

Data from the website reveals Abbotsford saw many signups last summer

Abbotsford farm plans world’s largest goat yoga class

Event on June 22 features yoga surrounded by goats, followed by strawberry picking

Artist talk and poetry reading held in conjunction with mental health art exhibit

Events hosted June 20 in Abbotsford by Communitas Supportive Care Society

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read