On Tuesday, June 27, 2012, a special ceremony was held at St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School in Oakville.
The inaugural “Corporal Robert Mitchell Citizenship Award” was presented to deserving Grade 7 students who, according to the award criteria, “demonstrate perseverance, compassion, active involvement in their community, and work to the best of their potential." These qualities were chosen as they exemplify the life of Corporal Robert Mitchell, a Canadian soldier who lost his life on the battlefields of Afghanistan.
The award is sponsored by his mother, Carol Mitchell, who became acquainted with St. Dominic School when she received a letter and poster of gratitude for her son’s sacrifice from a Grade 7 student at the school.
During the ceremony, Carol spoke to the students to remind them that, “No matter how small or how big you are, you can make a difference – just as you did with your letter and posters to me.”
Local dignitaries were also on hand to help celebrate the inaugural award and help hand out the medals, including Kevin Flynn, Oakville MPP; Ralph Robinson, Oakville Town Councillor; Anthony Danko, Oakville Trustee; and Alice Anne LeMay, Oakville Trustee and Chair of the Board. Further, the school's former vice-principal, Josey Guerin, and Joan Gibbs, from MP Terence Young’s office, also assisted.