Long-time Food Bank Volunteer Recognized
For More Than 35 Years of Dedicated Community Service: Lt.-Gov. Filmon

On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnson, Governor General of Canada, Her Honour the Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, will present the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to Hank Klassen at the Steinbach South East Helping Hands Food Bank at 525 Main St., in Steinbach on Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m.

Klassen has fulfilled a variety of roles with Steinbach’s South East Helping Hands food bank for more than 35 years, and has helped the communities of Grunthal and Ste. Anne to open their own food banks. He is well-known by young and old alike in his community for his work – be it at the food banks, with the Lions Club or at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre.

“I look forward to visiting Steinbach and to making this presentation to Mr. Klassen, which recognizes his generous spirit and his long-time contribution to the people in his community,” said Lt.-Gov. Filmon.

About the Medal for Volunteers

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, created in 1995 by then-governor general, the Right Honourable Romeo LeBlanc. The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers. For more information or to nominate an exceptional volunteer, visit

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Contact: Phyllis Fraser, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 204-945-2752.