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Ontario Hansard - 10-March2011

Mr. Frank Klees: I rise today to pay tribute to a great Canadian who has served our province and his community with distinction. Former York region police chief Armand La Barge has earned his reputation as a person who gets things done for the benefit of his community. His tireless, lifelong volunteer efforts have earned the respect of political, business and community leaders who continue to look to him for counsel, advice and inspiration.

Armand La Barge's enthusiastic leadership and hands-on involvement with community organizations have enriched countless lives and have inspired humanitarian and cultural projects that will benefit Ontarians for generations to come.

Armand La Barge's volunteer contributions reflect his conviction that active participation in community life is not only a privilege; it is also a responsibility.

Today I join with Community Living Newmarket/Aurora district, his family, his many friends and associates, and community members in congratulating Armand La Barge as the recipient of the Community Service Award for a Lifetime of Excellence in Service.

No one is more deserving of this honour than my friend Armand La Barge. On behalf of all members of the Parliament of Ontario, I extend our best wishes and sincere appreciation to this exemplary citizen of Ontario and of Canada.

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