Donald "Donny" Massender Memorial Volunteer Award


Donny was an employee of the Town of Tecumseh with the Public Works/Water Department for 28 years and a 33 year member of the Tecumseh Fire and Rescue Services Department. He was also a diligent volunteer, having been a past president with the Tecumseh Goodfellows and a member of the Fr. Nicholas Point Council 4375 Tecumseh Knights of Columbus. Donny had a zest for life and brought happiness to those around him. We celebrate the memory of Donny, whose grand voice boomed only in fun and friendship, whose grin made everyone crack a smile, whose positive energy elevated the spirits of all around him.

Background & Criteria

The Town of Tecumseh established the Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award in 2010 to annually recognize a person who has made exceptional contributions to the citizens of the Town, or the public at large and is well-known for his/her work as an outstanding fundraiser, advocate and supporter of charitable organization(s).

Recipients of the Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award are recognized for the highest level of volunteerism and public service and demonstrate an unselfish desire to help others and have a compassion to assist those in need.

Guidelines for Selection by Committee

The following are the guidelines for receipt of the Donny Massender Award:

  •     The recipient must be a resident of Tecumseh, or must have lived in the municipality;
  •     The award is open to all age groups;
  •     The recipient must be living at the time of selection as recipient of the award;
  •     The award is limited to an individual; and
  •     The recipient must have had a significant level of volunteerism that benefited the citizens of the Town of Tecumseh or the public at large.


2017 - Frank Perissinotti

2016 - Rose Rennie

2015 - Joe Chauvin

2014 - John Poole and Robert Labute

2013 - Jan Wright

2012 - Kate Shaw and Andre Letarte

2011 - Ricardo (Rico) Tonial

2010 - Natalie Lapointe