Lieutenant Governor hosts closing DIAMOND JUBILEE GALA at Roy Thomson Hall

TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley are pleased to host a DIAMOND JUBILEE GALA to present Queen Elizabeth II  Diamond Jubilee medals to members of the Order of Canada residing in Ontario, members of the Order of Ontario and other deserving individuals. This will draw to a close Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Year, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the 61st anniversary of The Queen's accession to the Throne.

In keeping with the tradition of honouring milestone years of service, the commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne. The medal serves to honour the contributions and achievements made by Canadians from all sectors of society.

Their Honours will be joined by a number of prominent Canadians who will also act as distinguished medal presenters to ensure that each of their peers receives his or her medal in a dignified and meaningful way.

Following the medal presentations, guests will enjoy a short performance by some of Canada's best known performers, including Tafelmusik, and Michael Burgess, Liona Boyd, Bruce Cockburn and Tom Cochrane, themselves members of the Order of Canada.

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Who:  Their Honours The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
and Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley
  Members of the Order of Canada residing in Ontario
  Members of the Order of Ontario
Where:   Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
When:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6:30pm

Event Overview

In keeping with the tradition of honouring Her Majesty's milestone years of service, a commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal also serves to honour the contributions and achievements made by Canadians from all sectors of society. Approximately 60,000 medals were struck for distribution to deserving citizens across Canada. This commemorative medal is part of the Canadian Honours System.

In order to ensure that medals are presented with appropriate dignity and respect, The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario invited all living members of the Order of Canada in Ontario, the Order of Ontario and other deserving individuals, to receive their medals at a gala celebration at Roy Thomson Hall (RTH).  The first gala took place on June 18, 2012, where more than 600 medals were presented. This closing celebration will include those who were not able to attend in June.

A number of prominent Canadians have been enlisted as distinguished ambassadors to join Their Honours in the rotunda at Roy Thomson Hall to present Diamond Jubilee Medals to their peers. Each will present medals to no more than 20 recipients, to ensure a personal experience.  After receiving the medal, guests will find their seats in the theatre where they will enjoy one hour of entertainment by some of Canada's best known artists, including Tafelmusik and Michael Burgess, Liona Boyd, Bruce Cockburn and Tom Cochrane, themselves members of the Order of Canada.

Scenario

17h45  Their Honours arrive, greeted by Mr. Charles Cutts
   
18h00  Performers and presenters begin to arrive at RTH
   
18h25  Medal presenters are escorted to one of 21 stations throughout the rotunda
   
18h30  Doors open at RTH
   
18h30 - 20h15  Guests register, and are directed to a medal station
  Aide-de-Camp (AdeC) introduces the recipient (and their guest) to the
medal presenter
  An official photo is taken as the recipient receives the medal.  Recipients
and guests receive their seating assignments (determined randomly)
  AdeCs and ushers will encourage recipients and their guest to take their
seats in the theatre immediately following presentation of the medal. 
   
20h15- 20h25  Presentation ceremonies are complete. Theatre bells encourage audience
to take their seats
   
20h30   Entertainment begins

Medal Presenters

His Honour the Honourable David C. Onley became Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor in 2007 after a distinguished career as a broadcaster and author. Prior to his appointment, he worked with CityTV for twenty-two years, becoming Canada's first senior newscaster with a visible disability. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, he has been a constant champion of accessibility.

Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley
The Honourable Warren Winkler
The Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman
The Honourable James K. Bartleman
The Honourable Jean Augustine
The Honourable Ken Dryden
Mr. Dan Aykroyd
Ms. Liona Boyd
Mr. Mike 'Pinball' Clemons
Mr. Tom Cochrane
Mr. Jian Ghomeshi
Mr. Paul Henderson
Mr. Tommy Hunter
Mr. Craig Kielburger
Ms. Elizabeth Manley
Mr. Peter Mansbridge
Mr. David Mirvish
Ms. Valerie Pringle
Mr. George Stroumboulopoulos
Mr. Brian Williams

Master of Ceremonies

Peter Mansbridge has enjoyed a distinguished career in journalism, and has been the face of CBC's nightly news program The National since 1988. He began his career with CBC Radio in 1968 in Churchill Manitoba, before moving to CBC television in 1972. Since then, he has won twelve Gemini awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

Performers  (In order of appearance)

HMCS York Chamber Orchestra
Michael Burgess
Black Bull Singers
St. James Cathedral Choir
Liona Boyd
Craig Kielburger
Tom Cochrane
Bruce Cockburn
Tafelmusik
Etobicoke School Choir
Ridley College Choir
Metro Youth Opera
Dancing Hands 

 

SOURCE: Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

For further information:

Ishbel Halliday
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Ishbel.halliday@ontario.ca  (please email for inclusion on the media list)