Lieutenant Governor Presents the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to Three Recipients On New Year’s Day

The Lieutenant Governor dressed in black stands next to a recipient of the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. Both are masked and outdoors.

Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, continued the tradition of honouring Ontarians by making presentations on January 1, 2022, to three recipients of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (SMV).

“Filled with hope and determination we begin a new year. What a privilege it is to recognize and celebrate acts of kindness, generosity, bravery, and enduring service. The contributions by individuals and organizations across Ontario are the very foundation of what makes this province resilient.

Today’s SMV recipients, Olga Lambert, Major (Retired) Kanwal Sethi, and Maduba Ahmad, are each most deserving of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. By using their unique skills and experience, they are enriching their communities and fostering the tradition of volunteering.

In 2022, we look forward to the historic occasion of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Indeed, her lifetime of service to others is an example of how we can fulfill our promise to the Ontario of tomorrow.”

The SMV recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. They embody the caring country we aspire to build. Learn more here.


Name: Olga Lambert
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Citation: Olga Lambert is a passionate promoter of ethnocultural diversity in Canada, and has been engaged in organizing multiple, multicultural music festivals in the GTA, such as Carassauga and Afrofest. Over the last 26 years, she has also volunteered with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, where she helps people with their income tax applications in both official languages.

Name: Major (Retired) Kanwal Sethi
Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Citation: Since 2003, Kanwal Sethi has been dedicated to the international military community at the Canadian Forces College. In addition to creating the Sethi Inukshuk Award, he is actively involved in the College’s foundation and is the founder and organizer of the annual homecoming garden party celebration.

 Name: Maduba Ahmad
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Citation: For over a decade, Maduba Ahmad has been serving her faith community in leadership roles with several organizations, including Parliament of the World’s Religions and MuslimFest. Her volunteer work has had a positive impact on youth morale and has contributed to improved budgeting and finances, as well as increased community involvement and attendance.

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Alexandra Tichinoff
Office of the Lieutenant Governor