Steve Ludzik has acquired one of many highest honours in Canada.
A former Nationwide Hockey League participant and one of the vital celebrated junior hockey stars in Niagara Falls historical past, Ludzik was not too long ago acknowledged with a Meritorious Service Ornament (civil division) award by the Governor Common of Canada as a “testomony” to his “excellent achievement and repair to the nation.”
After his enjoying, teaching and broadcasting profession, Ludzik established the Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Rehab Centre at Resort Dieu Shaver Well being and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines.
Along with fundraising initiatives by way of his basis to assist the centre, together with internet hosting movie star roasts and golf tournaments, Ludzik has spoken publicly about his battle with Parkinson’s illness and different illnesses, together with Crohn’s illness and most not too long ago liver illness.
Meritorious Service Decorations acknowledge Canadians for “distinctive deeds” that carry honour to the nation, based on the Governor Common web site.
They honour achievements in navy and civil divisions. The civil division was established to acknowledge “outstanding contributions” in many various endeavours, together with advocacy initiatives, health-care providers, and analysis and humanitarian efforts.
Recipients have tackled poverty of their neighborhood, improved training alternatives for kids in Canada and overseas, or raised consciousness about necessary causes and points.
Ludzik acquired a letter in December from the Workplace of the Secretary to the Governor Common congratulating him.
“Your ornament shall be publicly introduced by the Workplace of the Secretary to the Governor Common (OSGG) this winter,” reads the letter. “Following this announcement, you’re welcome to make use of the post-nominals M.S.M. and put on the enclosed lapel pin.”
The letter states Ludzik can even obtain a certificates.
“Enclosed, please discover a pocket book, a pen, and knowledge on turning into a volunteer presiding official at citizenship ceremonies held throughout Canada and from the Canadian Heraldic Authority on how you can apply for a coat of arms or different heraldic emblems.”
Ludzik mentioned he’ll obtain a medal sooner or later.
The 60-year-old mentioned he’s unsure who nominated him for the popularity, because it’s a confidential course of.
“To me, it’s an award (for) the folks that have helped out with our basis — they’re those that deserve all of the kudos,” mentioned Ludzik.
“I’m the title on the plate, I assume, on the marquee, however the folks that go and promote tickets, and promote the tables and do that and volunteer for that, these are those that basically this honour is for.”
Ludzik continues to get better from a liver transplant process that occurred final April at Toronto Common Hospital after an nameless donor was discovered, and after a blocked artery was handled that delayed the operation by three months.
Pre- and post-transplant, he fought by way of points corresponding to organ failure, delirium, infections, coronary heart and blood clots and weight reduction, in addition to quite a few journeys out and in of hospital.
Ludzik mentioned he has been in a position to overcome his well being points due to medical professionals, and the assist he has acquired from the neighborhood.
For instance, Niagara’s falls had been illuminated pink for Steve Ludzik Day final April along with Parkinson’s Consciousness Month, whereas Ludzik’s clinic was promoting “Ludzy Robust” T-shirts as a fundraiser, with many patrons sending him footage of themselves sporting it.
“My spouse mentioned to me, ‘I’ve by no means seen you look so cool and calm going right into a 12-hour operation in your liver,’” he mentioned. “I felt all of the individuals — my associates and my household — they had been behind me and wishing me effectively, wishing me good luck, and I felt that and I’ll always remember that. I used to be so bowled over by the love from Niagara Falls.”
Ludzik mentioned he feels effectively sufficient to start out actively fundraising once more for his Parkinson’s basis and is planning a golf event and live performance for later this yr.
“I don’t have time to waste, and I actually need to have this go off massive as a result of we’re actually enthusiastic about the place we’re going with this entire factor.”