Foundation honours local leaders with prestigious Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Nov. 10, 2017

Sovereign's Medal RecipientsThis past summer, London Community Foundation nominated two individuals for the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in honour of their inspiring volunteer work and community leadership. The Sovereign’s Medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians and celebrates a wide range of voluntary contributions. As an official honour created by the Crown, the Sovereign’s Medal is part of the Canadian Honours System.

Dr. William Wall, member of the Order of Canada, who is a dedicated and compassionate surgeon, scholar and health care leader, had the honour of presenting these awards on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.

The Foundation congratulates Robert H. Kayser and John Nicholson for receiving this special honour.

Robert H. Kayser

Bob’s presence fills a room radiating goodwill and caring purpose. His keen intent to give back is evident in everything he does. His tireless volunteer work includes leadership roles with Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario, Boys & Girls Club of London, Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre and Ivey Business School. Very recently, Bob was a volunteer and catalyst for C.C. Carrothers Public School, raising funds to transform a bleak playground into an inspiring indigenous-inspired space for students.

Andrew Young wrote the letter of support for Bob’s nomination. He says:

“Through this process, I’ve collected many different words people use to describe Bob – connector, inspirational, champion, courageous, visionary, game-changer. He embodies every characteristic of a true leader. He is living a legacy of impact and change.”

John Nicholson

John is a humble, caring and visionary leader who is always willing to step up to the plate to help where help is needed.As an architect, John is celebrated for his ability to interpret client input into effective design – and he has carried this spirit of collaboration over to his community work. He has been a dedicated volunteer for London Community Foundation for the past 16 years. He has also volunteered with the London Arts Council, chaired the Community Arts Investment Program, and founded the city’s Urban Design Awards program.

Jim Sheffield wrote the letter of support for John’s nomination. He says:

“John’s volunteer contributions have enhanced the lives of many London residents. His work with arts, architecture, culture and heritage groups has raised awareness as to the importance of these features in our city. His influence through this work has helped create a much richer environment that all members of our community enjoy.”