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Great Canadians Near You: Mary Dilly

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si_greatcanadians.jpgWelcome to Great Canadians Near You, a brand new CBC News Community web series that turns a spotlight on people all over our country who are making a difference.

Mary Dilly is a woman of many talents and titles; mother, sales associate, animal lover and friend to many.

 Mary Dilly of Burlington, Ontario was nominated for her outstanding commitment to volunteerism and the people of her community. But what's really made an impact on the people in her home community of Burlington, Ontario over the past 22 years is the volunteer work she tirelessly carries out day after day, year after year.

Mary is best known for her massive annual Christmas Day Community Dinner in Aldershot. She also hosts an annual "What a Girl Wants" fundraiser to benefit local charities and fosters future dog guide puppies for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides in Oakville and National Service Dogs in Cambridge.

Mary was nominated for this feature via email by Dave Malcolmson, who wrote:

"I believe that Mary deserves this award. It is people like Mary who keep the community together, look out for our vulnerable citizens and never ask for anything in return. A smile, a hug and a wee thank you mean more to Mary than pomp and circumstance.  However, I know that this award is well deserved."

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