OTTAWA – On Feb. 6, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada – an occasion marked only once before – by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria in 1887.
To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of selfless service and devotion to duty, Governor General David Johnston has announced the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as a visible and tangible way to recognize outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. These medals provide an opportunity to honor exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens, to our communities and our country.
To that end, as the Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, I have been invited by the Governor General to become a partner in this program by nominating 30 eligible candidates to receive this national honor from our constituency.
I invite all constituents to contact my office to recommend potential candidates for the medal. To be eligible for this honour, a person must:
• Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada;
• Have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and
• Be alive on Feb. 6, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date.
For those wishing to nominate an individual for this honour, please call my office at 250-851-4991 or email email@example.com and we will be pleased to forward you the nomination form. All forms must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2012, in order for an independent panel to access the nominations. The presentation of the jubilee medals will take place in January 2013 in Kamloops.
– Cathy McLeod, MP