Prince Albert residents praised by Lieutenant Governor and Lifesaving Society

Lieutenant Governor Thomas Molloy gives Stephen Acorn his Duke of Edinburgh's International Silver Award. Molloy passed away on Tuesday from cancer. (Shawn Fullton Photography/Submitted)

Prince Albert has four new award recipients honoured for their skills, dedication and community achievements.

Last month, two young residents received a Duke of Edinburgh’s International Silver Award from Lieutenant Governor Thomas Molloy.

The program aims to help those aged 14 to 24 transition to adulthood.

Participants need a minimum number of hours in four categories: volunteer service, physical activity, skill development and time on an ‘adventurous journey.’

Chloe Connelly was unable to attend the ceremony at Regina’s Government House last month.

She spent her hours volunteering with Girl Guides, walking, skiing, cycling, drawing and canoeing down the Churchill River.

The second recipient, Stephen Acorn, volunteered at the hospital, played baseball and piano and hiked at Camp Nedooae, Halifax with the Canadian Scout Jamboree.

After he graduates in 2019, he plans to go to school for resource and environmental law.

Acorn is also a lifeguard and coach at the Frank J. Dunn Pool and Kinsmen Water Park.

On Friday, the Lifesaving Society of Canada also recognized Lorri Ma and Lauren Haubrich from the city’s aquatics team.

Ma received the Commonwealth’s Bar to Service Cross.

While the award requires a minimum of 16 years of service, Ma has spent 35 years as an active leader in the sport.

On the other hand, Lauren Haubrich got the Commonwealth’s Service Commendation for continuous service, contributions and achievement.

The city’s recreation manager, Derek Blais, commented on the aquatic team’s successes in a news release.

“This provincial and national recognition is well deserved and we are very fortunate to have such great leaders on our aquatic team,” he said.