Platinum Jubilee Pin recipient Jill Hayward, is shown with husband of almost 50 years, Bob, standing behind a Queen's Platinum Jubilee cake at Thompson Rivers University on Sunday, June 12. (Submitted photo)

Clearwater residents recipients of Jubilee pin

Many North Thompson residents received the award from MP Caputo

Six North Thompson residents were recognized Sunday with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pins, which honour those who have provided a service to the community.

Those recognized include Clearwater’s Mike Savage, Linda Selbee and Pearl McAloney, as well as Jill Hayward, Donna Kibble and Bill Kershaw in Barriere.

The residents travelled to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops where they were presented with their pins in a ceremony hosted by Frank Caputo, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.

Savage is chief of the Blackpool Volunteer Fire Rescue, deputy chief of the Little Fort Volunteer Fire Department and deputy unit chief and training officer of the Clearwater & District Road Rescue. He has been a member of the fire department and the CDRR from 1994 to 1999, and from 2005 to present. He was nominated by Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area A director Carol Schaffer.

“It was a surprise and an honour to be nominated by the committee,” he told the Times. “Being able to provide leadership for the emergency service we do for the community can only be accomplished with the support of a dedicated team and that of your family.”

Clearwater mayor Merlin Blackwell said he nominated both Selbee and McAloney for their work with seniors in the district. Both women have volunteered for the last decade with Evergreen Acres Senior Housing Society, working with local organizations and government to obtain grants and other types of funding and support for the three phases of the seniors complex in Clearwater.

He told the Times it was their “dedication to making the life of seniors and Clearwater better.”

Selbee also was surprised to be nominated, and pleased that it was with two other notable volunteers in the community, Savage and McAloney. She also volunteers for the food bank, emergency support services and Clearwater Curiosity Shoppe.

“What makes this easy for me is that I volunteer with a great group of people,” said Selbee. “I have family support and ‘volun-tolds’ who show up when asked.”

For Hayward, the nomination was close to her heart, as she is British by birth and lived in England until her family emigrated to Canada in 1957. Later in Banff, she would witness the Queen and Prince Philip drive through the community in a convertible waving at everyone who came out to see them.

She would see the Royal Family once more, said Hayward, when she returned to England years later to visit relatives, and she spotted the Queen once again at Buckingham palace.

“She certainly is the epitome of what it means to serve your country and your people,” said Hayward.

As a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pin in 2012, Hayward said it was very humbling to find herself a recipient of the Platinum Jubilee Pin 10 years later.

“There are so many people who are dedicated to making their communities and Canada such a great place to live,” she told the Times. “I hope that my small contributions also help to make a difference for us all.”

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