A Clarenville woman was a recent recipient of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
According to a news release issued on Jan. 29, Cassandra E. Ivany was born in Clarenville in 1929. She is a dedicated Red Cross volunteer, having received a citation and certificates for merit and appreciation. She has also been involved with hospice work and made significant contributions to the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville.
She became a member of the Rebekahs in 1954 and still attends monthly meetings for the group, having held multiple executive positions with the organization including Warden and Noble Grand. A lifetime member of the United Church Women, she participates in fundraising, funerals, special occasions and accompanies the minister on home and hospital rounds.
In her 80s, she began working with GATHER (Generating Awareness Through Healthy Eating and Recreation) to help with activities that enhance quality of life through exercise, socialization, continuous learning, inter-generational activities, entertainment, outings and mutual caring. She has volunteered with numerous youth organizations in the region, including the Clarenville Area Minor Hockey Association.
In 2001 the Government of Canada recognized her for “outstanding service and contribution as a volunteer’ and in 2013, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador issued her a certificate of appreciation “in recognition of her community contribution and volunteer service.”
Ivany attended an investiture ceremony at Government House in St. John’s Jan. 29.