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THUNDER BAY,  ON ---  January 19, 2013  --  A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of Dorothy Chambers John Rafferty the 60 th 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 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a new commemorative medal 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.

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60
th 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.

In the Riding of Thunder Bay – Rainy River, John Rafferty MP on behalf of the Governor General David Johnston present  medals to 15 people  James Ash, Kevin Bellin, Brian Berringer, Dorothy Chambers, Hector Fraser Dougall, Inspector Lorne Clifford, Honourary Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Boyd Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Alexander Koval, Joanne Locke, Jack MacLaren, Moffatt Makuto, Christopher Mills, Bill Towill

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a new commemorative medal 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.

For more information on the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal please visit: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14019&lan=eng

Bio on the persons receiving the medals comming:

Queen's Medals Thunder Bay – Rainy River

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL RECIPIENTS
JANUARY 19, 2013 AWARDS CEREMONY

JAMES ASH:
Mr. James Ash has been a driving force with the Air Cadet League of Canada. Alongside a career in insurance, he joined the Air Cadet movement that supports and provides for the development of 25,000 youth, aged 12-18 in 454 squadrons across Canada including Thunder Bay. Mr. Ash rose through the ranks of the Air Cadet League, to the Presidency, serving in many capacities along the way. He currently serves as the president of the NW Ontario League organization.

KEVIN BELLIN:
While employed as a civilian at the Kandahar Air Field in 2009, Kevin volunteered to help school children at Vance Chapman Public School learn more about Afghanistan and the desire of Afghani children to obtain an education. Through the non-governmental organization, Skills Generation , an ‘all-girls’ school in Afghanistan was matched with Vance Chapman School in Thunder Bay. Through Kevin’s mentoring, the students at Vance Chapman School developed a project to help raise funds for the much-needed items their new Afghan friends were lacking including a water pump and paint for chalk boards.

BRIAN BERRINGER:
Brian Berringer is one of the unsung heroes in our community who quietly went about his work expecting no accolades. During his tenure with the City of Thunder Bay Fire Department, he was instrumental in developing many prevention programs which have had a lasting impact on the community. Brian utilized his gift of quick humor and patience with young children to teach the message of fire safety skills. He later worked with a local author to provide the context for the book ‘No Dragons for Tea’ which still helps children understand what happens when there is a fire. He has gone beyond the ‘call of duty’ to promote fire safety and community awareness.

DOROTHY CHAMBERS:
Mrs. Dorothy Chambers is a highly identifiable and colorful figure in our community. Her pride for her country is visible through the display of our national Flag’s colors of red and white, and the flag as the symbol of the nation’s unity, representing all Canadians without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion. Dorothy served in uniform with the R.C.A.F. Women’s Division as a military driver. She applied those skills to form and chair Safe Driving Committees. Mrs. Chambers has been a tireless advocate for Veterans as well as a valued volunteer with many initiatives including the Military Family Resource Centre.

HECTOR FRASER DOUGALL:
Fraser Dougall is a household name in the Northwestern Ontario Broadcast industry. Among his pioneering accomplishments was the formation of a television advisory committee, a first-of-its-kind in Canada that allowed public input on programming and news coverage. While broadcasting became his life, Mr. Dougall has played a major role in Thunder Bay’s early cultural growth, helping to establish the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium through donations and public support. Mr. Dougall has consistently used his broadcast properties to facilitate community projects throughout the region. He is a member of the Order of Ontario.

INSPECTOR LORNE CLIFFORD:
Inspector Clifford has served with distinction for over 29 years with the Thunder Bay Police force assuming a multitude of roles and responsibilities. Concurrent with his demanding policing duties he served as the commanding officer of the Fort William Sea Cadets donating thousands of volunteer hours to ensure the quality delivery of this national programme. Inspector Clifford’s love of the highland bagpipes was the driving force to found the Thunder Bay Police Pipe Band. Most recently Inspector Clifford returned to Thunder Bay after a one-year police peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. He is also a Serving Brother of the Order of St. John.

HONOURARY LIEUTENANT COLONEL FREDERICK BOYD JOHNSON:
Honourary Lieutenant Colonel Fred Johnson served in the Army Reserves for twelve years. Subsequently he was appointed by the Minister of Defence to be Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, particularly active during the Centennial celebrations of the Regiment. In addition to his commitment to the Army Reserves, he is a founding member of the Friends of Chippewa Park and a volunteer with the Thunder Bay Military Museum. Hon. Colonel Johnson has served in various capacities at First Presbyterian Church, and in particular assisted Karen refugees in their resettlement to Thunder Bay.

JOSEPH JOHNSON:
Alongside a full and successful business career, Joseph Johnson has been a driving force with the Air Cadet League of Canada. After serving as Chair of the Northwestern Ontario Provincial Committee for many years, Joseph rose through the ranks of the Air Cadet League to the National Presidency, serving in many capacities along the way. He is a stalwart member of the Air Canada League with an uncommon devotion to the Air Cadet movement, benefitting our community and country.

ELIZABETH (Betty) JONES:
In 1964 Betty Jones helped to establish ARC Industries (now known as the Monty Parks Centre) with no resources other than her desire to assist persons with developmental disabilities to integrate into community life. ARC Industries provided meaningful work and an integration into community life in ways not thought possible. With Betty’s guidance and initiative the organization has grown to what it is today. Many clients and families attribute their improved quality of life to her love, care, guidance and programming.

ALEXANDER KOVAL:
Alexander Koval is being honored today for his pioneering efforts in the mining industry in Northern Ontario. With blood, sweat, toil and determination he built roads where none existed and at a time where heavy and surveying equipment, GPS and trained engineers were non-existent. Some of his work includes the first road access to the communities of Pickle Crow, Pickle Lake and Central Patricia. Not only did Alexander build roads, he built connections between communities, people and cultures. This legacy remains with us today.

JOANNE LOCKE:
For nearly 20 years Joanne Locke has been an ambassador for the Canadian Cancer Society. As a Society volunteer and as a survivor, Joanne has pledged to make a difference, to fight back against cancer and to enhance the quality of life for those living with the disease. Her volunteer role has included providing emotional and peer support, transportation, information outreach and awareness as well as fundraising. Joanne embodies every aspect of the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission and as a result has touched the lives of so many.

JACK McLAREN :
The Hymers Agricultural Society has been unbelievably fortunate to have Jack McLaren nurture the organization for over 55 years. As a child, a young adult and after his marriage to Grace, he continued to be an active Board member and tireless volunteer with the Fair. Jack has been a builder (literally) and maintainer. Without Jack, the Fair infrastructure would have crumbled long ago! Even this past summer after heart surgery, he spent the usual amount of time working at the fairgrounds. In addition to his tireless work with the Hymers Agricultural Society, he has held leadership positions with the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies.

MOFFATT MAKUTO:
For over 30 years, Moffatt Makuto has been instrumental in providing a voice for youth in Thunder Bay and in small communities across Northwestern Ontario. As the founder of the Regional Multicultural Youth Council, he has provided leadership to young people across the north, particularly those aboriginal youth who must leave their communities to further their education in Thunder Bay. The following quote from Mr. Makuto represents the philosophy behind his work: “If we empower young people not to judge each other or be judged themselves, to be more accepting and to learn to get along---we are building bridges.”

CHRISTOPHER MILLS:
Christopher Mills has been a stalwart volunteer with Fort William Historic Park for over 35 years. With thousands of volunteer hours over the years, Christopher serves as the Liaison with the volunteer group Canadian Corp of Voyagers, performing historical re-enactment for arrivals and VIP visits. In addition to this, he has found time to volunteer at the food bank, the Navy League and the property committee at his church.

BILL TOWILL:
Bill Towill has been a scout leader for over three decades. He has been an exemplary role model for hundreds of youth in our community, taking them on camping and canoeing trips and helping to keep them on the right track. He also managed to make time for his church, as an Elder, choir and committee member. Without his leadership and time, many projects would not have been completed and the church would not be the success it presently is.


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