Fred De Villa is one of the Honour 150
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This article was published 26/11/2021 (554 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
In celebration of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary, Honour 150 was established to recognize 150 outstanding individuals in the province who have given back to our community and have enriched the places in which we love, work, play and come together in unity.
It gives me great pride to say that Fred De Villa was one of the 150 recipients of this amazing recognition.
Mr. De Villa loves our community and truly wants to enrich all of our lives. Back in the early 1970s and ’80s, Mr. De Villa became involved in many community-driven projects that helped integrated newcomers into our province, strengthen our diversity and brought lasting friendships among people despite differences in their backgrounds.
Personally, Tito Fred has greatly affected my life. The stories he has shared with me of his experiences throughout the years continue to inspire me throughout my career in politics.
The importance of serving our community can be demonstrated through listening to the experiences of others and working with those in our communities. To add to this, I do not think I have ever had an encounter with Mr. De Villa where I didn’t walk away feel uplifted and encouraged.
Unfortunately, owing to the pandemic, Honour 150 was unable to host an in-person event. Instead, they let those who nominated recipients to hold their own events in recognition of the honourees.
Mr. De Villa’s event was held Oct. 30 at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, where we were joined by some of his friends and family members. Here, he received the Honour 150 medallion and certificate. The medallion incorporates elements of our climate, culture, history and wildlife through representations of rivers, vegetation, animals, people and ideas. Furthermore, the medal contains a small amount of copper salvaged from the Legislative Building.
Today, Mr. De Villa’s dedication to the community remains as strong as ever. In fact, when I nominated Mr. De Villa for Honour 150, he had the opportunity to send out donations, on behalf of Canada Life, to PCCM and St. Anthony of Padua Church.
I would like to end by congratulating Mr. De Villa on being one of 150 individuals being recognized for the work he has done over the years in making our province the best place to live.
Tyndall Park constituency report
Cindy Lamoureux is the Liberal MLA for Tyndall Park.