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
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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