Minister Moore Presents Diamond Jubilee Medals to Distinguished British Columbians

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today bestowed Diamond Jubilee Medals on 20 distinguished British Columbians who are making a difference in their communities.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

"This year marks both the Diamond Jubilee and the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "During this special year, I am very proud to be able to present Diamond Jubilee medals to these recipients for their dedication and service to their communities. These citizens are an inspiration to us all, and their contributions have made Canada a better place to live. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today."

The following citizens were presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal:

Jerome Bouvier
Bob Buchan
Anne Chippendale
Gloria Cuccione
Steve Darling
Karon Fuson
Ann Hulbert
Peter Irving
Malcolm Kennedy
Polly Krier
Deb Laidler
Jean Lambert
Bruce Moore
Cathleen Redman
Mohammad Shamsi
Frank Smyth
Bill Summersgill
Sonny Sun
Kathryn Swalwell
Dave Teixeira

A total of 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals will be given to Canadians throughout 2012 and up to February 28, 2013, the date on which the program closes. To be eligible, a person must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. They must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region, or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.

The medal program is administered by the Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

For more information about how the Government of Canada is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, visit www.canadiancrown.gc.ca. For details about the Diamond Jubilee Medal, visit www.gg.ca.


SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

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