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Honouring the best in Durham and afar

More often than not, this page is used to slam some duncical move or call out for something better, whether it be from an individual, a government or a group. However, sometimes we need to recognize when things are done right.

This past week saw Durham police reward citizens who stood up and did the right thing. One of those rightly honoured was Mike Kozar, who was there for a complete stranger after she had her purse stolen. He walked her home and kept her safe until police arrived.

The 75-year-old, who was undergoing chemotherapy at the time and was actually just returning from hospital, put his own interests aside to ensure that a woman whom he’d never met felt safe and protected.

Numerous other individuals were honoured by DRPS, people standing up to help out complete strangers in their most desperate hour. Whether it be helping a sinking snowmobiler or holding on to a boy who had fallen out of the chair lift while skiing, these people went above and beyond to help someone they’d never met before.

This summer, there will be another chance for those who go that extra step to help others to be properly recognized. With the federal government forgoing medals for the 150th anniversary of Confederation – unlike what they did in 1967 and 1992 for the 100th and 125th anniversaries respectively – Oshawa MP Colin Carrie has decided to do it himself.

Oshawa’s Canada 150 Medal will be given out to Oshawa residents who have shown themselves to be exemplary figures in the community, whether they have the spotlight on them or not. And as should be the case, who wins these medals will be determined by the public via nomination forms.

It’s people like Kozar and his fellow recipients of Durham police’s bravery awards, along with the future winners of Carrie’s medal that show the rest of us just how great we can be.

Honouring the best of us and seeing what great things people can do is the key way to move society forward.