MPP Kevin Flynn shocked Ward 1 Town Councillor Ralph Robinson presenting him with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award at a surprise party thrown by family and friends celebrating Robinson’s 80th birthday.
“It is with great pleasure that I award Ralph Robinson with the Diamond Jubilee Award,” announced Flynn. “A well-known resident of Bronte, Ralph has selflessly involved himself in a number of causes and groups serving our community with the utmost distinction.”
Robinson, who called the award a “huge surprise and an honour that I will always remember,” was recognized for his many years of service and dedication to the community.
Robinson was first elected as Ward 1 Councillor in 1982 and has been a prominent member of many organizations for several decades. He is a past chair of the Terry Fox Run and past president of the Minor Oaks Hockey Association (MOHA). The Diamond Jubilee Award is not the first major honour for Robinson. In 2009, he became just the 11th Canadian recipient of the Hal Rogers Fellow award, the highest accolade given out by the Kinsmen, acknowledging his 50-plus years of involvement in the organization and his service to Oakville.
The Ontario government is celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne 60 years ago by awarding outstanding citizens who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to the growth and prosperity of our province.