Niagara Catholic School Board Good News shared the news about Ted’s Meritorius Service Medal for his commitment to the people in the mountains of Jalapa, Guatemala, through Wells of Hope charity.¬† The award reads like this:

Theodore van der Zalm, M.S.M.
St. Catharines, Ontario

In 2004, Ted van der Zalm founded Wells of Hope to provide underserved areas in Guatemala with access to clean water, education and basic health care. Thanks to his commitment and compassion, more than 50 000 people in the communities of Jalapa and Jutiapa now have access to 14 new wells, 19 new schools and dental care. What is more, hundreds of Canadians have joined the Wells of Hope Mission Experience volunteer program to help people in developing countries.

Grant LaFleche’s article on The Standard is also a great read!

Congratulations to Ted!

Credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, OSGG

Credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, OSGG


GG05-2016-0456-002 November 25, 2016 Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) to 45 recipients from various sectors across the country on November 25, 2016 during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. On this occasion, the Governor General presented 14 Meritorious Service Crosses and 31 Meritorious Service Medals. Credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, OSGG

All pictures Credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, OSGG