The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians across the country, and abroad, in a wide range of fields. Volunteering is the act of giving, without expecting anything in return and, as you know, the Dragons is full of that spirit. However, every once in a while, the club stumbles onto a volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty and needs to be recognized for it...
Over the past two decades, Rémi Beaudin has been a coach, an assistant director, and a director of equipment and facilities with the Gloucester Dragons. In these various positions, he has not only contributed to the healthy development of youth, but has also been the bedrock upon which the organization stands. Ensuring that all kids can have a full uniform and feel good are some of the things that Remi is most passionate about; he's the man behind the scenes, working with equipment providers and designing what the kids get to wear every season, while fiercely fighting for the best price, so that the Dragons can pass on the savings to parents. Rémi has always been tirelessly devoted to seeing his work through from beginning to end, and won't stop if he encounters a hurdle. In a situation where the Dragons lost one of our storage spaces, Rémi put hammer to nail and built one, proving to the board that with him as our Equipment Director, there are never any problems, only solutions. Finally, Rémi's caring and generosity know no bounds. When one of our Dragons families was struggling due to a personal tragedy, Rémi didn't hesitate to step up and supply their equipment at his own cost.
This is the man we are proud to celebrate! Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, there will be no ceremony. Instead, Rémi has been mailed his award and it's up to us to make this the big deal it is meant to be!
Photo credit: Guillermo Alvarado
Description of image: Coach Appreciation Night, September 21st, 2021 - Remi receives his Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers from City Councilor, and Mother of Dragons, Laura Dudas and our Chair, Bill Coleman. Along with this prestigious award, Councilor Dudas and Mayor Jim Watson also presented Remi with a Mayoral Proclamation, recognizing Remi's significant contributions to the community over the past couple of decades. Congratulations Remi!