A couple from Belle River will receive a Caring Canadian award for volunteering from the Governor General Tuesday morning.
'They want to help and they want to make a difference.' — Arja Page
Lynn and Marvin MacLeod are being recognized for their contribution to the Canadian Red Cross, both in P.E.I. and New Brunswick. For the last seven years, Marvin has been a team leader with the region's Red Cross emergency response team, and Lynn has been an emergency shelter manager.
Fellow Red Cross volunteer Arja Page said they were both on the frontlines during the 2008 ice storm.
"They both were activated really, really quickly and put in a crazy amount of hours to try to help support the community," said Page.
"When you ask them, it's just very simply because they want to help and they want to make a difference. So it really just comes from a really, a really genuine place."
Page said the couple are not only quick to pitch in during emergencies, but also put in hundreds of hours in preparation for those events, despite both of them having day jobs. Marvin works with Northumberland Ferries and Lynn works at Veterans Affairs.
The couple has also helped during spring flooding in New Brunswick.
Page said the MacLeods do everything together, so it's fitting they're winning this award together too. They will receive their award at Rideau Hall at 10:30 a.m. ET.