Congrats, Robert Bowes!

One of MOSAIC’s long-standing volunteers, Robert Bowes, has been named the Recipient of the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada.

The Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.

Robert has been volunteering with MOSAIC for 7 years in various capacities. Robert has been a long-time mentor for newcomers seeking to build a new life in Canada. He has also been a guide and a teacher, bringing his rich life experience and knowledge of Canadian culture to English-learning students. Robert has also assisted with many of MOSAIC’s community-based events, contributing to a strong and integrated community and helping newcomers strengthen their interview skills as a Mock Interviewer. Robert’s contributions extend far beyond his roles: he assists students with special needs who struggle with their class work; he always puts the students’ needs first – despite everything else he has going on his own life; he is empathetic and passionate in everything he does; and he ensures all newcomers feel welcome and valued – newcomers, volunteers and staff all deeply appreciate the care and passion that Robert brings.

We are so proud and honored; congratulations, Robert!

Volunteers at MOSAIC serve in many ways including facilitating English Conversation Circles, teaching yoga or art, caring for young children, providing informal language support, assisting with office tasks, and supporting our many events. To learn more, please visit