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Order of Canada
Melvin James Boutilier, C.M., O.N.S.
Halifax, Nova Scotia [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 25, 2009; Invested on June 18, 2010
For over 30 years, Melvin Boutilier has been helping marginalized citizens in Halifax to rebuild their lives. As the founder and long-time volunteer executive director of the Community Care Network Society, he has created many essential services and programs. These include food, furniture, clothing and shoe banks; an annual Christmas dinner for the homeless; an emergency fund for people in crisis; and two second-hand retail stores, which help support the programs. Though a fire destroyed the Society's premises in 2001, his dedication to service remained unshaken. With the support of the community, he rebuilt the organization and expanded it to include a Skills Development Centre.