Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation
*Modified on February 5, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.
February 5, 2013
Governor General to Present 58 Diamond Jubilee Medals at Rideau Hall
OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 58 recipients from across the country and various walks of life on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10 a.m., at Rideau Hall.
About the Diamond Jubilee Medal
This commemorative medal has been presented over the last 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. Additional information about the Diamond Jubilee Medal program is available at www.gg.ca/diamondjubilee.
The names of the recipients and their citations are attached.
Media interested in covering this event must be accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery and confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Media must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.
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Mr. Agnew is Alberta chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He also provides volunteer leadership and support to many organizations and global causes, including the Calgary Zoological Society.
Deborah Ann Beatty
Ms. Beatty is being recognized for her lifelong dedication to environmental projects to protect Lake Simcoe and its watershed.
Pugwash, Nova Scotia
Ms. Bond co-founded a successful pewter giftware company that not only features a unique mix of fine handicrafts, but also returns 10% of its profits to charitable organizations.
Lisa Susan Brown, M.S.M.
Ms. Brown founded Workman Arts, which provides working opportunities to individuals with mental illness. The company, which has received international success, has also hosted global artists at home through the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.
When she was only 11 years old, Miss Burton created Reading Rocks!, a program that teaches kids to love reading by giving them access to material that suits their age group and encourages them to read.
David and Penny Chapman
Mr. and Mrs. Chapman are the founders of Chapman's Ice Cream, which is today the largest independent ice cream manufacturer in Canada. They have been recognized for their ecological leadership, as their company is the first of its kind in Ontario to have its own wastewater treatment plant.
The medals awarded to David and Penny Chapman will be given to their daughter, Frances Chapman.
The Reverend Father Charles Cheverie
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Active at the University of Prince Edward Island for more than 50 years, Father Cheverie played a key role in the revitalization of traditional fiddling with the younger generation of PEI musicians.
Ms. Crewson has appeared in many films, TV shows and dramatic series. After winning a Gemini Award for her portrayal of Sue Rodriguez, the right-to-die advocate with ALS, Ms. Crewson became a supporter and spokesperson on behalf of the ALS Society of Alberta.
Anna Jean Currie
Recipient of the 2012 Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year Award, Ms. Currie is to be commended for her inspiring volunteer work with the Regina Food Bank, the International Best Buddies program, and the Jean Vanier swim program through her school.
Jean-François Delisle Roy
Mr. Delisle Roy is actively involved with people with mental health problems, helping them to overcome obstacles and identify their needs as part of their recovery efforts.
When she was 11 years old, Miss Desmarais recognized a need and created a school lunch program to help some of her classmates. Today, over 400 lunches are provided each month in schools across the region, with help from community organizations and her family.
A proud Northerner, Mr. Deuling is a teacher with over 20 years of experience. Among other initiatives, he contributes to the Professional Learning Community Program and he organizes the Yukon Youth Parliament every year.
Belleville and Ottawa, Ontario
Mr. Dodge is a global pioneer and a technological visionary. He is the co-creator of the QNX real-time software and is also credited for developing in-car infotainment systems and the world's fastest Internet routers.
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
Mrs. Dragon is a respected Chipewyan elder. She often speaks at schools and colleges to share her experience and to encourage students to excel in education, culture and sport.
As the executive director of Cornerstone Housing for Women, Ms. Garvey is committed to providing the best possible housing for women who are at risk of being homeless.
Hefei, Anhui, China and Gatineau, Quebec
Recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal for her academic excellence at the high school level, Miss Gascon-Vaillancourt has gone on to college, where she is studying in the field of health.
Bradley Hall, C.D.
Mr. Hall is secretary-general of the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He played a vital role in the repatriation of Canada’s Unknown Soldier.
Elizabeth Grace Hay
Owen Sound and Ottawa, Ontario
Ms. Hay is a short story writer and novelist who has been nominated twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Small Change and Garbo Laughs, and later won the Giller Prize for Late Nights on Air.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
The music of this hip-hop artist inspires youth to work hard, never give up, have pride in themselves, make positive choices and strive to achieve their dreams.
Oliver T. Jones, O.C., C.Q.
An accomplished musician, Mr. Jones continues to inspire new generations of artists. He is one of Canada’s best jazz musicians of all times.
Mr. Kane is an accomplished lawyer and a respected professor of law. He has been successful in his business ventures and generous with his volunteer commitments.
Sensei Rebecca Khoury has been president of Karate Canada since 2008. She is a five-time national champion and has competed around the world, bringing great honour to Canada.
Sergent Nicole Laperle
Cornwall and Ottawa, Ontario
Sergeant Laperle is being recognized today for her exemplary clerical work throughout her career in the Canadian Forces and for her remarkable leadership and dedication during charity campaigns.
Edmundston, New Brunswick and Toronto, Ontario
Soprano Suzie LeBlanc has given numerous concerts in Europe, North America and Japan. She also founded the Académie Baroque de Montréal, which promotes baroque music.
Sébastien Lefebvre and Jean-François Stinco
The popular rock group Simple Plan, to which Mr. Lefebvre and Mr. Stinco belong, is concerned about problems facing youth. Through its foundation, the group promotes music as a stimulating way for young people to find their passion and purpose in life, avoid street gangs and stay in school.
The medals awarded to Pierre Bouvier, Charles Comeau and David Desrosiers will be presented to them at a later date.
Raymond Reed Ludwig
Mr. Ludwig has greatly supported fundraising campaigns promoting prostate cancer research and men’s mental health, recently raising close to $100,000 for the Movember campaign.
Winnipeg, Manitoba and Toronto, Ontario
Now retired, Chief Lunney has been a true leader in policing for more than 40 years, having namely served with the RCMP, the cities of Edmonton and Winnipeg, and as president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
Sandra Yuen MacKay
Vancouver, British Columbia
Ms. MacKay is a visual artist and writer. Having overcome great obstacles herself, she is now an advocate and spokesperson for mental health issues.
Steven MacLean, M.S.M.
Ottawa, Ontario and St-Hubert, Quebec
As one of Canada’s astronauts and former president of the Canadian Space Agency, Dr. MacLean has promoted Canada’s space program on the national and international stage.
Victoria, British Columbia
A registered nurse, Dr. Marcellus advocates for substance-exposed mothers and newborns. She also provides training on infant care for foster parents and caregivers.
Maniwaki, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario
Ms. Milmore, a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for more than 50 years. She has also assisted at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony for more than three decades.
Master Warrant Officer Keith Paul Mitchell, C.V., M.S.M., C.D.
LaSalle, Quebec and Kentville, Nova Scotia
Master Warrant Officer Mitchell is one of only 20 Canadians to have been awarded the Cross of Valour, Canada’s highest decoration for bravery. The search and rescue technician jumped into freezing Arctic waters to provide aid to a critically ill fisherman onboard a ship.
Fire Chief Bruce Montone
Ottawa and Windsor, Ontario
Fire Chief Montone has been a firefighter for more than 30 years and has greatly contributed to the profession. Formerly Ottawa’s deputy fire chief, he now heads the Windsor Fire Department.
As a veteran of the Royal Air Force, Mr. Morris has served on the Royal Canadian Legion Ritual and Awards Committee, and has assisted at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony for more than 20 years.
Highly regarded as a traditional Elder, Mrs. Nelson is a positive influence and an outstanding role model for the Aboriginal youth in her community.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, Ontario
News correspondent and former co-host of “Canada AM”, Mr. O’Regan became the first journalist to be named to Canada’s Top 40 under 40. He has endorsed several community educational and cultural initiatives.
Clyde River, Nunavut
Mr. Palluq is the director of Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Centre, which is dedicated to teaching traditional Inuit skills and knowledge that have sustained communities in the Arctic for centuries.
Major George Pearce, C.D. (Ret’d)
For some 21 years, Major Pearce co-hosted Remembrance Day televised broadcasts and other military anniversaries. His commentaries have helped Canadians better understand the contributions of our veterans during conflicts.
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories
As entrepreneur and former chief of the Teet’lit Gwich’in Council, Mr. Ross has developed initiatives to create jobs, as well as educational and cultural opportunities, for the Fort McPherson community.
Mrs. Schlanger is recognized for her involvement with Toronto’s Out of the Cold program and other charities. She also holds fundraisers in her home to support charitable organizations in Israel.
David A. Selby
Montréal and St-Laurent, Quebec
Former professor of civil engineering at McGill University, Professor Selby gave many years of volunteer service to the Welcome Hall Mission, in Montréal, helping those looking for a shelter and a chance to rebuild their lives.
A teacher in Winnipeg, Ms. Sharma works mainly with adolescent parents from First Nations. She is also an active volunteer for the breast cancer, juvenile diabetes and multiple sclerosis organizations.
A long-time member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s board of directors, Mr. Sieber has also served on the Candidature Acceptance Working Group, which reviews and analyzes Olympic bids before recommendations are made to the International Olympic Committee.
Port Chester, New York, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ontario
Bronxville, New York, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Lisa and Abigail Slater are community volunteers in Toronto. Lisa is the founder of Eat to the Beat, while Abigail is best known for her role in raising funds for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada.
Fortune and Souris, Prince Edward Island
A well known chef and food ambassador for PEI and for Canada abroad, Mr. Smith led the team of chefs that cooked for the world’s Olympians at the Athletes Village in Vancouver in 2010.
Paul D. Sobey
Pictou County and Stellarton, Nova Scotia
Mr. Sobey is the president and CEO of Empire Company Ltd., a company in food retailing which supports many national initiatives that promote the well being of families and children.
The Right Reverend D. Ralph Spence
Bishop Spence, one of Canada’s heralds extraordinary, shares his passion by speaking to youth groups and new Canadians about the history of Canada’s symbols, the importance of public service, and volunteerism.
Windsor and Ottawa, Ontario
Mr. Tait is the international commissioner for Scouts Canada and chair of the International Committee. In addition to doing international development work, Mr. Tait is a member of the Ottawa Police Pipe Band.
Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario
Professor Taylor is a countertenor and the head of Early Music at the University of Toronto. He is also artistic director and conductor of the choir and orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music, which performs more than 30 concerts every year all over the world.
Ms. Torontow is actively involved in business development, as well as health and cultural activities in Ottawa. Among many endeavours, she has greatly contributed to the creation of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Women’s Health Centre of Ottawa.
Caplan and Ste-Thérèse, Quebec
Ms. Tsouflidou is the president and founder of Chez Cora restaurants. She also operates a foundation to help improve the lives of Canadian children.
The Honourable Richard Wagner
Montréal, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario
Justice Wagner was appointed to the position of puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada in October 2012. He has greatly contributed to the judicial system, namely in Quebec and has been recognized for spearheading the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ) for members of the profession.
Leduc and Edmonton, Alberta
Firefighter and chair of the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal Program Advisory Committee, Mr. West has greatly contributed to the profession and now shares his expertise in planning for and responding to emergencies as fire commissioner of Alberta.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Stephen White
Assistant Commissioner White is responsible for RCMP’s police services in Ontario. Throughout his career, he has built key partnerships across the Canadian and international policing communities.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
For more than 15 years, Dr. Wilson has volunteered for Operation Smile, a not-for-profit organization that runs 30 to 40 missions per year, bringing surgical care to children around the world.