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Weyburn volunteer receives Sovereign’s Medal from Lt. Governor

Fred Sandeski receives medal at in-person ceremony at Government House
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Fred Sandeski, centre, is flanked by Lt.-Gov. Russ Mirasty, and Donna Mirasty, as he was presented with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers at Government House on Sept. 21.

REGINA - A longtime volunteer from Weyburn, Fred Sandeski, was finally able to receive his Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in a ceremony and reception with Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Russ Mirasty, and wife Donna, on Sept. 21 at Government House.

Fred is a founder and volunteer with the Community Low Income Centre (CLIC) in Weyburn, and helps provide a number of free services to residents, including filing income taxes, a pro bono legal clinic and employment assistance for adults with disabilities.

The Lieutenant Governor presented the medal on behalf of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General at a virtual ceremony that was shared online on July 1, after the original ceremony set for May 23 was postponed due to COVID restrictions.

Through the CLIC programs, Sandeski has been able to help people in a number of ways, including acting as an advocate with Social Services, and helping those on limited incomes do budgeting so their needs are taken care of.

As an advocate, he’s helped to lobby for his clients when they run into roadblocks or are in need of fair treatment in terms of what programs are available to them.

Sandeski works with a board of directors at CLIC, which is housed at the CMHA building in Weyburn, and with them they decide what issues to address and which programs they will continue to provide for residents.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements from across Canada, celebrating a wide range of voluntary contributions. The medal recognizes living Canadians who have made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad.