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2018 LaSalle Volunteer Recognition Recipients Have Been Announced

Each year, the Town of LaSalle recognizes volunteers for their hard work and dedication. The community submits nominations to recognize members of the community. Council members review the nominations and choose a volunteer who stands out in each category. The award recipients are acknowledged at a celebration at the LaSalle Civic Centre on Friday, September 21.

“Volunteers make such a difference in our community,” said Councillor Crystal Meloche. “LaSalle Council is proud to say thank you for donating your time and talents.”

The Town of LaSalle is proud to announce the 2018 Volunteer Recognition award recipients:

Citizen of the Year- John Sobhi
Over the past 13 years, John has donated countless hours as a multisport coach and mentor to youth. Under John’s leadership, teams that he has coached have received numerous honours at WECSSAA and SWOSSAA, celebrated undefeated seasons and competed at OFSAA regionals and finals. This year alone, John coached 12 elementary school and secondary school teams. John also holds open gym sessions in the summer to help keep kids busy and out of trouble. John has coached for the LaSalle Stompers, Special Olympics and Tecumseh Warriors. John’s vision for coaching is to provide equitable access for all. John brings the community together through sport.

Young Citizen- Lina Chaker
Lina has dedicated the last seven years to serve a variety of organizations across the Windsor-Essex County area including the Book Buddy Program, Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Assoc., Windsor Islamic Assoc., Windsor Chapter of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and Vanguard (Art Council Windsor & Region’s Youth Collective). Lina has invested much of her time into youth-led, grassroots initiatives. Lina is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Windsor and University of Detroit.

Outstanding Service Club Volunteer- Dr. Nick Krayacich
Dr. Nick Krayacich has been a member of the Rotary Club of LaSalle Centennial since 2010. He has served as President, Chair of the Membership Committee and International Committee Chair. Dr. Krayacich has organized fundraisers for local initiatives, serves food at the Downtown Mission, participates in the River Canard Clean-Up and volunteers at the annual LaSalle outdoor movie night. Dr. Krayacich extends his volunteer efforts internationally as well as he recently led a group of medical practitioners to Ethiopia to train personnel for a newly constructed health centre.

Outstanding Board Volunteer- Ivan Petric
Ivan Petric donates his time helping out the LaSalle Stompers Soccer Club (LSSC). During soccer season, you can find Ivan at the soccer fields at the Vollmer Complex Monday to Thursday evenings. Ivan, and his late wife, Bonnie, were the Clubhouse Administrators, and Ivan continues in this role. Ivan also volunteers at various golf tournaments supporting local charities.

Milestone Awards
The Town of LaSalle also acknowledges volunteers who have dedicated themselves to the same organization for a number of years. This year, we are acknowledging the following people:

15 Years
Bill Armstrong (95th Scouts)
Kathe Campeau (46th Girl Guides)
Sheri Koscielski (95th Scouts)
Maureen Taylor (27 years – 46th Girl Guides)

30 years
Brian and Nicole Hicks (95th Scouts)

The Volunteer Recognition Celebration will take place at the LaSalle Civic Centre on Friday, September 21 at 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Finance Counter on the first floor of the LaSalle Civic Centre for $25 each. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are on sale until Monday, September 17.