The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was proudly presented to 15 deserving Oakvillians for their service to fellow citizens, their community and country, marking the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne as Queen and her service to Canada.
Hosted by Terence Young, Member of Parliament, Oakville, the awards ceremony stirred a sense of pride and patriotism for both Oakville and Canada as the recipients, their friends and families gathered and as our future leaders, the young musicians from the Thomas A. Blakelock High School Senior Jazz Orchestra, played a musical interlude, the National Anthem and God Save the Queen. The audience was invited to sing and as they sang, the air was alive with a sense of thanksgiving and pride.
The medal presented to each recipient depicts a crowned image of the Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The reverse marks the sixtieth, or diamond, anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the Throne – expressed by the central diamond shape, by the background composed of a pattern of diamonds, and by the two dates. Signifying the Queen’s attachment to Canada are two maple leaves, 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.
An honour to receive, each recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is worthy of this prestigious award:
Father Peter Albert Watters, Shae H. Invidiata, Joan Carolyn Gibb, Stephen John Cull, Jean Monica Grieve, Dr. Aliya Khan, Julia Hanna, Godwin Benno Kruitwagen, John Laing, Serafina Mae Mansueto, Guy Scott McLean, Nancy Mei Siew, Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Smith, Veronica Tyrrell and Colin James Woodcock.
This substantial body of volunteer work shows a humble, generous and willing spirit that has improved many lives. Impossible to write the bio for each individual, here are a few words from each bio that apply to all the recipients:
Contribution, Many years of dedicated service to our community in a myriad of ways, Focus on young people and the future of our community is unmatched, Committed volunteer, Fundraisers, Nurturing multiculturalism, Encouraging the Arts, Helping veterans, those with disabilities and abolishing human trafficking, Work ethic; optimism, kind, compassionate, committed humanitarian, entrepreneurial spirit, counsellor, teacher, mentor, confidence to go on and become leaders themselves, energy and enthusiasm, gifted and distinguished, educational excellence, international service, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”, “Heal a Heart, Transform a Home and Restore Hope”; “Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Leadership and Service to others”.
The talents of the Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients are many and benefit both the Oakville community and our world globally. Understanding the challenges addressing them with focused and energetic passion, we see significant achievements through partnerships that have promoted peace and hope.Their service is tireless and unlimited, given in a spirit of kindness and generosity. They have changed and often saved lives.
The dedication, services and talents of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients are deeply appreciated by the Oakville community.
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