Earlier this week, two St. Marys residents were presented commemorative awards marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year as Monarch. Natasha Rae and Master Corporal Randy Leblanc were at the newly-opened Stratford campus of the University of Waterloo on Monday, Nov. 5 to receive their Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.
According to the official website for Governor General David Johnston, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal — specially created for the 2012 60th anniversary celebrations “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 Canadians will be recognized. This week the presentations made their way to the Perth-Wellington riding, with MPP Randy Pettapiece hosting two separate ceremonies: Monday in Stratford for Perth County residents and Wednesday in Arthur for Wellington County residents.
In all, 14 citizens from Perth-Wellington are being honoured.
Both LeBlanc and Rae were nominated for the award by the Town of St. Marys. LeBlanc is being recognized for his service in the Canadian Forces, his involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion, the Boy Scouts, and other community organizations. Rae, meanwhile, led a group of friends in creating a fundraising initiative to raise money for a young schoolmate who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Last year, Rae was named one of Ontario’s Junior Citizens of the Year in a program partly sponsored by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association. Nominations for this year’s Junior Citizen awards are currently open, but the deadline is Nov. 30. For details, visit www.ocna.org or call 905-639-8720, ext. 239. Or drop by the Journal Argus to pick up a nomination form.
“Across our riding, there are so many people who deserve recognition for their achievements and contributions,” said Pettapiece, in a news release announcing this week’s ceremonies. “I’m really looking forward to be able to honour some of those individuals who have made a difference.”
Another St. Marys area resident, Todd Sleeper, already received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to maintaining and enhancing the health and cleanliness of the Thames River watershed. Sleeper was presented his award earlier this year in a ceremony in London.