Barb Relton Di Nardo awarded Sovereign Medal for Volunteers

April 22, 2022


Barb Relton Di Nardo awarded Sovereign Medal for Volunteers 


April 22nd, 2022

(WHITBY, ON) - Rugby Ontario would like to congratulate Barb Relton Di Nardo, who on April 21st, 2022, received the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers, presented by the Governor General in Ottawa. By definition, the medal recognizes the “exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers.”

Bard has been involved in rugby since 1989, when she began her playing career with the Toronto Saracens. Since then, Barb has been involved at all levels of rugby, serving as a coach, fundraiser and club executive. She has previously been a part of the Rugby Ontario Board of Directors and was one of the driving forces behind the founding of the Toronto-Inner City Rugby Foundation and Toronto City Youth Rugby Club. Today, Barb still serves as an executive for Toronto City Youth Rugby Club and continues to be an integral part of the Ontario rugby community.

"On behalf of Rugby Ontario, it is my pleasure to congratulate Barb Relton Di Nardo, recipient of the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. This special honour is a testament of Barb's immense contributions as a volunteer to the sport of rugby” said Myles Spencer, CEO of Rugby Ontario. “We are truly grateful for her many years of dedicated service to the game and to her community.  An inductee into the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame in 2017, Barb embodies the values of rugby and is a role model for future generations of community sport volunteers."

Congratulations to Barb Relton Di Nardo on this incredible achievement! To view the full list of Sovereign Medal for Volunteers, click here.


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