Lit from Within Volunteer Award

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2017 Lit From Within Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Ross Knechtel is this year’s recipient of the Karen Liberman “Lit From Within” Award.

Ross has been volunteering at MDAO for more than five years and has demonstrated tremendous leadership and dedication as he has served as a lead facilitator, board member, group leader for the Mood Disorders Support Group of Guelph, and regional leader overseeing groups in Guelph, Hamilton, Georgetown, and Vineland.

As a retiree, Ross keeps busy by volunteering at a number of organizations in the Guelph area. In 2015, he was awarded the Senior Citizen of the Year Award for Guelph for his work with the Wellington Men’s Club, the Evergreen Seniors Centre, the Guelph Wellington Seniors’ Association, and the distress call centre. However, Ross says that his work with the MDAO and the Mood Disorders Support Group of Guelph is where his greatest passion lies. Highlights include arranging a Laughing Like Crazy program for participants in Guelph, arranging WRAP Level 1 training in Fergus, and organizing our regional conferences in 2015 and 2016.

Thank you, Ross, for the work you have done to bring MDAO programs and services to the Guelph Region.