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Published on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jack Mogus receives award

Oakville youth recognized with Governor General's medal for volunteerism

Jack Mogus receives award
Photo by Graham Paine/Metroland Media
Oakville Mayor Rob Burton presents Jack Mogus with the Governor General's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
By David Lea, Oakville Beaver

The Governor General of Canada has recognized an Oakville youth for going above and beyond for his community, for the environment and for others.

Jack Mogus, 17, received the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers during Monday’s (Oct. 23) town council meeting.

The medal, which was presented to Mogus by Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from coast to coast.

Burton called Mogus a leader in the Oakville community, who since the age of 11 has embodied the mantra of tennis great Arthur Ashe, who said, "Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can."

Mogus has organized shoreline cleanups, tree plantings, made breakfasts for the homeless and collected hundreds of pairs of skates, which have been donated to First Nations children in northern Ontario.

He co-founded the Oakville Leo Club, which focuses on building leadership skills, social development and community service projects for youth.

Mogus also founded Change by YOUth, a local organization that encourages volunteerism and leadership among young people.

The Oakville youth said he was blown away when told he would be receiving an award from the Governor General.

“This award is fantastic. It is always great to be recognized for something that you have done in the community,” said Mogus.

“It has been awesome especially with the mayor giving me the award himself. It is an honour for sure.”
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