Abbotsford coach received Medal for Volunteers

Honour presented April 24 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Jack Boersma was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for his work as a volunteer.

Jack Boersma was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for his work as a volunteer.

An Abbotsford man was one of 46 individuals who received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers during a ceremony on Monday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Jack Boersma was recognized for his work over the last four decades coaching more than 1,000 students from Abbotsford Christian Secondary in track and field.

“Through his committed and sustained efforts, he was able to put together the third-largest team of track and field athletes in British Columbia and ensured each student had a positive experience with the sport,” stated his citation for the medal.

Boersma was previously named the BC School Sports Provincial Coach of the Year in 2015/16.

The Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians in a wide range of fields.

The award was presented on April 24 by Gov. Gen. David Johnston.

Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis at caring.gg.ca.