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Commemorative Awards Committee selects Order of Orillia recipients

Posted on Wednesday August 29, 2018
Order of Orillia
Order of Orillia

For immediate release (Aug. 29, 2018) – Two individuals and one organization will be presented the Order of Orillia at a special ceremony on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

After reviewing a number of applications, the City of Orillia’s Commemorative Awards Committee has selected Cassidy Byers, Alice Stamper and the Couchiching Conservancy to receive the Order of Orillia this year.

“The Commemorative Awards Committee is proud to recognize Alice Stamper, Cassidy Byers and the Couchiching Conservancy for the 2018 Order of Orillia. All of our recipients have worked tirelessly over many years to enhance our community through active and committed volunteerism,” said Paul Raymond, Chair of the Commemorative Awards Committee. “The committee is honoured to name this year's recipients, and encourages everyone to join us for a reception and ceremony on Sept. 17 at City Centre to show our appreciation.”

Established in 2000, the Order of Orillia recognizes individuals and groups who dedicate their time and effort to bettering the community through volunteerism. The award is reserved for residents who have enriched the lives of others through a decade or more of service and who stand as shining examples in the community.

What: Order of Orillia awards reception and presentation

When: Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
Reception begins at 6 p.m. in the first floor concourse outside of the Council Chamber.
Awards presentation takes place at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

Where: Orillia City Centre
50 Andrew St. S.

Order of Orillia recipients

Cassidy Byers:
Cassidy Byers is a youth recipient whose contributions to the community are longstanding even though she is only 17 years old. Having volunteered since the age of six, Byers has worked on student council at both the primary and secondary school level, as a volunteer for Canada Day celebrations, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Rotary Club, Operation Christmas Child, the Orillia Public Library and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. In addition, she canvassed for Progressive Conservative MPP Jill Dunlop during the 2018 provincial election.

Alice Stamper:
Alice Stamper is a long-time Orillia area resident who has a keen sense of community and has been a volunteer for many organizations. Stamper has volunteered for 40+ years with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Girl Guides of Canada, and the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Luke’s Church. She has also volunteered for more than 40 years at ODAS Park; working with youth and patrons at the Roller Rink and also playing a key part coordinating food concessions and volunteers at the Orillia Fall Fair. In addition, Stamper has spent 22 years as a valued volunteer at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

The Couchiching Conservancy:
The Couchiching Conservancy is a local land trust – a not-for-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, operated by a small number of staff and boasting more than 280 members. They have helped protect more than 13,000 acres of ecologically significant land in the Orillia region; some of which have globally recognized rare ecosystems, species and natural habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna.  The Couchiching Conservancy is able to carry out its mandate through direct ownership, partnerships with other organizations such as The Nature Conservancy of Canada, and through conservation easement agreements with private landowners. This year the Couchiching Conservancy is celebrating its 25th anniversary. 

The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at


Paul Raymond
Chair, Commemorative Awards Committee

Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

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