SPPA alumnus Chris Braeuel (MA in Public Administration, 2000) was recently awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (SMV). Among the nation’s key honors, the SMV is awarded to select individuals from coast to coast who have made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad.
The medal was given by Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson and Kanata North Councillor Jenna Sudds, on behalf of the Governor General of Canada, at City Hall on Friday, September 6.
“Giving back to communities, be it locally or internationally, for me is a natural endeavor,” says Chris. “My true inspiration can best be captured in a brief yet well-known quote by Marian Wright Edelman, an American community advocate: ‘Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life…’”
Passion, dedication and a commitment to community are the driving forces behind the volunteers who receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. They embody the caring country we aspire to build.
For over a decade, Chris Braeuel has applied his skills in international development as a volunteer with such organizations as Cuso International, CanUgan Disability Support and the Society for International Development. As a member of the Ottawa Tunis Shriners Clowns since 2012, he raises funds and brings laughter and smiles to families.
Read about the Chris H. Braeuel Bursary for Global and International Studies.