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Governor General to Present 29 Diamond Jubilee Medals

September 7, 2012

Governor General to Present 29 Diamond Jubilee Medals
at the From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians Exhibit

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 29 recipients at the exhibit From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians, on Monday, September 10, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., at 90 Wellington Street.

The names of the recipients and their citations, as well as a fact sheet on the Diamond Jubilee Medal, are attached. Additional information is available at

About the Diamond Jubilee Medal
This commemorative medal is being presented throughout the year to 60 000 deserving Canadians to celebrate significant contributions and achievements, and to recognize those who, like Her Majesty The Queen, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country. The awarding of this national honour is done through governmental and non-governmental partner organizations.

About the From Far and Wide exhibit
Featuring interpretative panels and multimedia elements, the exhibit, located in downtown Ottawa across from Parliament Hill (90 Wellington Street), provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about Canada’s national honours and some of their recipients. Highlights include the first Order of Canada register; actual and historical medals awarded to Canadians; and the Royal Banner of King George VI, flown at Rideau Hall during the Royal visit of 1939.

Open daily until November 2012, From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General’s public programming. For more information about this exhibit, please visit


Media interested in covering this event must confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office ( Media must arrive at 90 Wellington no later than 8:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

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The Honourable Ed Broadbent, P.C., C.C.
Ottawa, Ontario 

A champion of human and social rights, he is recognized for his contributions to Canadian politics and democracy, as well as equality for women and for disadvantaged persons around the world.

Vernon Douglas Burrows, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario 

For his significant research innovations, which have greatly benefited our country’s agricultural and food industries. 

Hugh Clifford Chadderton, C.C., O. Ont.
Ottawa, Ontario 

For his 40 years of dedicated service to Canadian amputees, veterans and their families.

Young Sup Chung, C.M., C.Q.
Beaconsfield, Quebec

A renowned scholar in the field of microbial genetics and biotechnology, he has played a key role in the development of the Korean community in Canada.

Dr. Adolfo de Bold, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

An eminent research scientist in cardiovascular disorders, he has devoted his expertise and knowledge to medical science at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Claudette Gravelle, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario 

Renowned for her volunteer work with people living in Ottawa’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods and with those living with HIV/AIDS.

Jean-Marc Hamel, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada from 1966 to 1989, he inspired and implemented a number of reforms, including the adoption of the Canada Elections Act and the Election Expenses Act

Charles Richard Harington, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

For his devoted career as a paleontologist and for enhancing our knowledge of Canada's Ice Age. 

Sultan Jessa, C.M.
Kirkland, Quebec

This journalist and tireless volunteer is recognized for his outstanding fundraising abilities and leadership, and for his commitment to organizations such as the Children's Treatment Centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Huguette Labelle, O.C., O. Ont.
Ottawa, Ontario

A woman of action, she is celebrated for her leadership, her vision and her dedication to public service.

Norma Lamont
Ottawa, Ontario

A true leader within the CHEO Foundation, she is behind the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic and all major CHEO Foundation initiatives.

George F. MacDonald, C.M.
Cantley, Quebec

This renowned museologist and anthropologist is recognized for his key role in the conception and development of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. 

Joy Harvie Maclaren, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

For her leadership in a wide range of organizations, and in the creation of scholarships, a research chair and a conference on Aboriginal arts.

John McGowan
Ottawa, Ontario

For his contributions to the expansion of international trade in agricultural products, and for his involvement in community activities.

Rick Mercer
Toronto, Ontario

A well-known and acclaimed television personality, he is recognized for his generosity to a number of causes, namely anti-bullying, the environment, and the fight against malaria in Africa.

Rose Eleanor Milne, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

For her lasting contributions to the Parliament buildings as a sculptor, and as an expert in stained glass windows, bronze casting, wood carving and engraving.

Frank O’Dea, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

For his exceptional fundraising abilities and support for many causes and organizations, including Street Kids International, which is devoted to protecting homeless children around the world from predators.

Sandra Oh
Los Angeles, California, United States of America                    

Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2011, Sandra Oh is best-known for her role as Cristina Yang on the hit television show “Grey’s Anatomy,” which earned her a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nominations. 

The medal awarded to Ms. Oh will be received by her father, Mr. John Oh.

Christie Paquet
Stan Witten
Ottawa, Ontario

Master engravers at the Royal Canadian Mint, Ms. Paquet and Mr. Witten are being recognized for their important contributions to the creation and the production of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

The Honourable Landon Pearson, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

A long-time advocate for the rights and well-being of children, this former senator played a significant role in crafting a national plan of action and a resource centre to promote and protect children's rights at home and abroad.

His Grace Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

Archbishop of Ottawa for 20 years, he co-founded Development and Peace, an organization that aims to improve the living conditions of those most in need.

Shirley Post, C.M.
Peterborough, Ontario

She was the driving force behind the establishment of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), where she served as its first director of nursing.

Luke and Stephanie Richardson
Morgan Richardson
Ottawa, Ontario

Luke Richardson, former assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators and his family participate in fundraising and awareness efforts to inspire youth to talk about mental health. The funds generated by the Do It For Daron campaign go towards intervention programs for youth.

The medal awarded to Miss Richardson will be received by her parents,
Mr. Luke Richardson and Mrs. Stephanie Richardson.

Dr. William George Schneider, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

A research physicist of international stature, he is being recognized for his support of scientific research in Canadian universities and for the leadership he has given as president of the National Research Council.

Jérôme Tremblay
Ottawa, Ontario

A well-known volunteer, he created the Coopérative AMI JEUNESSE, which provides food, clothing, furniture and school supplies free of charge to Francophone families in Ottawa living below the poverty line.



A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. 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.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians from across the country and various walks of life will be recognized.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this honour, a person must: 

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada;
  • Have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and
  • Be alive on February 6th, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date.

Nomination process

To ensure that a variety of fields of activity are recognized, partner organizations have been invited to nominate candidates from their community or organization for this national honour.

Members of the general public are welcome to contact the offices of members of Parliament, senators, lieutenant governors, territorial commissioners, or provincial and territorial premiers to suggest names of candidates.

Recommendations can also be made for individuals affiliated with non-governmental organizations participating in this program. The list of partner organizations that can submit nominations is posted on

Description of the medal

The obverse depicts a crowned image of the Sovereign, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The reverse marks the sixtieth, or diamond, anniversary of the accession to the Throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The anniversary is expressed by the central diamond shape, by the background composed of a pattern of diamonds, and by the two dates. The Royal Cypher consists of the Royal Crown above the letters EIIR (i.e., Elizabeth II Regina, the latter word meaning Queen in Latin). The maple leaves refer to Canada, while the motto VIVAT REGINA means “Long live The Queen!”

The ribbon uses a new arrangement of the blue, red and white colours found in the 1953 Coronation Medal, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal, and the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal.

The design of the Diamond Jubilee Medal was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

The medal is composed of nickel silver and features a proof finish and will be manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at their Ottawa facility. For more information, please visit