Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pierre Massie receives GG Award - Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Pierre's Governor General Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
We are proud to announce that our Director, Pierre Massie has been awarded the coveted Governor General's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.
Pierre Massie and his Stairwell Carollers Dec 9 2018 - photo credit, Matthieu Brennan
As it says on the Governor General's website, "Since founding the Stairwell Carollers in 1977, Pierre Massie has been an ambassador for choral music and instrumental in spreading the joy and beauty of a cappella music both locally and around the world. Proceeds from the group’s concerts go to many local charities and scholarship programs."
Screenshot of Pierre Massie award notice on the Governor General website
Pete was surprised and thrilled to hear of his nomination and subsequent award earlier in the year, but was hesitant to brag about it. Now the cat is out of the bag!
Pierre's certificate for his G G Award
Pierre will be wearing his medal at our upcoming Stairwell Caroller Christmas concerts, so please take a moment to congratulate him after the show.
From the Governor General's website "The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.

The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the viceregal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.

The design of medal was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, based on a concept by Darcy DeMarsico of the Chancellery of Honours. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at its Ottawa facility."
Pen and custom notebook for GG award recipient
Pierre would like to thank those who submitted his nomination. He also thanks The Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette,  for choosing him for this Award.
Pierre warms the choir up before the Dec 9, 2018 performance
Only 2 
Stairwell Caroller 2018 concerts left
A teaser playlist of a few of the carols you will hear at our concerts. Enjoy!
About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while a music student at Ottawa University. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, our group helps local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

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