MPP Bailey was asked earlier this year, as a Member of Provincial Parliament, to be an advisor to the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall and assist with the nomination process and presentation of medals. In turn, MPP Bailey invited constituents to nominate those they felt were deserving of this rare tribute.
“These 14 people have all made a difference to their community and I’m honoured to be able to recognize them by presenting them with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal,” said MPP Bailey. “They have all contributed in different ways but they have all shown a dedication to helping others and to public service in our community and beyond.”
The Diamond Jubilee Medal is Canada’s way of celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of service to the people of Canada. The Medal recognizes outstanding citizens who have helped build the Canada of today through excellence in their field, sustained contributions to their community and country, and significant achievements internationally during the Queen’s reign.
Local recipients include people who have contributed through volunteering and founding community organizations, working with veterans, children with disabilities and at risk youth.
The recipients are:
- Wilma Arthurs – Bright’s Grove
- John Barnfield – Sarnia
- Irene Biscaro – Courtright
- Leena Bourne – Petrolia
- Richard Carpani – Sarnia
- Florence (Jean) Doull – Sarnia
- Jim Foubister – Bright’s Grove
- Carol Graham – Petrolia
- John Hull – Oil Springs
- Kevin McHarg – Bright’s Grove
- Wilma McNeill – Sarnia
- Eugene Smith – Petrolia
- Mike Stevens – Bright’s Grove
- Karen Wilson – Petrolia
MPP Bailey will present The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals to the recipients at a ceremony later this summer. The medals have a crowned image of the Sovereign on one side while the reverse marks the sixtieth, or diamond, anniversary of her accession to the Throne of Canada as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We received nominations for many exceptional people who have tirelessly contributed to their community,” said MPP Bailey. “I’m pleased to have this opportunity to recognize some of the people in Sarnia-Lambton who have made outstanding contributions to their peers, our community and our country.”