A Muskoka area woman is now the recipient of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, the province’s second-highest civilian honour.

E. Jean Polak of Bracebridge described as a gift to her community is one of eight recipients to receive the honour.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, joined by Vincent Ke, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, invested the recipients with their medals at a ceremony at Queen’s Park Thursday,

In a statement also released Thursday, the province says Polak while defending the most vulnerable, assisting those in difficult times, protecting the environment or enriching the community, it is done with enthusiasm and compassion.

At the ceremony, the Lieutenant Governor said, “Good citizenship is the foundation of a society that aspires to be resilient. It is fundamentally about how we live together and what we can expect from one another”.

Michael Tibollo, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport added, “These individuals have devoted their time, passion, expertise and efforts to make positive change and a lasting impact in their communities and the province. They stand as model Ontarians who exemplify civic-mindedness, integrity and community leadership.”