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Ontario Hansard - 07-March2013

Mr. Frank Klees: I rise today to pay tribute to an exemplary citizen of our province and our country. In doing so, I join with Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District, which is honouring Jim Alexander at its 11th annual community tribute dinner in recognition of his passion for volunteerism and generosity of spirit that has enriched the lives of so many.

The Community Living vision is a community where everyone belongs. Jim Alexander has not only supported that vision as a member of the Community Living board of directors, he has demonstrated that commitment by employing people with intellectual disabilities at the seven Tim Hortons franchises he and his wife Yvonne own throughout York region. In Jim's words: "They are the most dedicated employees, and really bring something to the workplace."

Not only is Jim doing his part to build a community where everyone belongs, he is giving individuals the opportunity to develop self-confidence, to be valued and to live with dignity.

Jim credits his father for instilling in him the importance of giving back to the community, and he is walking in those footsteps through his involvement with the Belinda's Place Foundation, the Southlake foundation board, the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and St. John Chrysostom church. The town of Newmarket, the province of Ontario and our country are better places because of Jim Alexander.

Speaker, I ask all members of the Legislature to join me in congratulating Jim on being honoured with the 2013 Community Service Award by the Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District.


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