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Media Advisory: Governor General to Present 60 Diamond Jubilee Medals at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 60 recipients from across the country and various walks of life on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

About the Diamond Jubilee Medal

This commemorative medal has been presented over the last year to 60 000 deserving Canadians to celebrate significant contributions and achievements, and to recognize those who, like Her Majesty The Queen, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country. Additional information about the Diamond Jubilee Medal program is available at www.gg.ca/diamondjubilee.

The names of the recipients and their citations are attached.

Media interested in covering this event must be accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery and confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office (marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca). Media must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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RECIPIENTS' CITATIONS

Gary Agnew

Calgary, Alberta

Mr. Agnew is Alberta chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He also provides volunteer leadership and support to many organizations and global causes, including the Calgary Zoological Society.

Deborah Ann Beatty

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Beatty is being recognized for her lifelong dedication to environmental projects to protect Lake Simcoe and its watershed.

Bonnie Bond

Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Ms. Bond co-founded a successful pewter giftware company that not only features a unique mix of fine handicrafts, but also returns 10% of its profits to charitable organizations.

Lisa Susan Brown, M.S.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Brown founded Workman Arts, which provides working opportunities to individuals with mental illness. The company, which has received international success, has also hosted global artists at home through the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.

Melanie Burton

Belleville, Ontario

When she was only 11 years old, Miss Burton created Reading Rocks!, a program that teaches kids to love reading by giving them access to material that suits their age group and encourages them to read.

David and Penny Chapman

Markdale, Ontario

Mr. and Mrs. Chapman are the founders of Chapman's Ice Cream, which is today the largest independent ice cream manufacturer in Canada. They have been recognized for their ecological leadership, as their company is the first of its kind in Ontario to have its own wastewater treatment plant.

The medals awarded to David and Penny Chapman will be given to their daughter, Frances Chapman.

The Reverend Father Charles Cheverie

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Active at the University of Prince Edward Island for more than 50 years, Father Cheverie played a key role in the revitalization of traditional fiddling with the younger generation of PEI musicians.

Wendy Crewson

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Crewson has appeared in many films, TV shows and dramatic series. After winning a Gemini Award for her portrayal of Sue Rodriguez, the right-to-die advocate with ALS, Ms. Crewson became a supporter and spokesperson on behalf of the ALS Society of Alberta.

Anna Jean Currie

Regina, Saskatchewan

Recipient of the 2012 Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year Award, Ms. Currie is to be commended for her inspiring volunteer work with the Regina Food Bank, the International Best Buddies program, and the Jean Vanier swim program through her school.

Jean-Francois Delisle Roy

Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Mr. Delisle Roy is actively involved with people with mental health problems, helping them to overcome obstacles and identify their needs as part of their recovery efforts.

Roxanne Desmarais

Gatineau, Quebec

When she was 11 years old, Miss Desmarais recognized a need and created a school lunch program to help some of her classmates. Today, over 400 lunches are provided each month in schools across the region, with help from community organizations and her family.

Judson Deuling

Whitehorse, Yukon

A proud Northerner, Mr. Deuling is a teacher with over 20 years of experience. Among other initiatives, he contributes to the Professional Learning Community Program and he organizes the Yukon Youth Parliament every year.

Dan Dodge

Belleville and Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Dodge is a global pioneer and a technological visionary. He is the co-creator of the QNX real-time software and is also credited for developing in-car infotainment systems and the world's fastest Internet routers.

Jane Dragon

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

Mrs. Dragon is a respected Chipewyan elder. She often speaks at schools and colleges to share her experience and to encourage students to excel in education, culture and sport.

Yvonne Earle

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Ms. Earle is being recognized for her long-time volunteer community work in Iqaluit. She has been involved with the Piviniit Thrift Shop, and the Iqaluit Literacy Program.

Susan Garvey

Ottawa, Ontario

As the executive director of Cornerstone Housing for Women, Ms. Garvey is committed to providing the best possible housing for women who are at risk of being homeless.

Anais Gascon-Vaillancourt

Hefei, Anhui, China and Gatineau, Quebec

Recipient of the Governor General's Academic Medal for her academic excellence at the high school level, Miss Gascon-Vaillancourt has gone on to college, where she is studying in the field of health.

Bradley Hall, C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Hall is secretary-general of the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He played a vital role in the repatriation of Canada's Unknown Soldier.

Elizabeth Grace Hay

Owen Sound and Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Hay is a short story writer and novelist who has been nominated twice for the Governor General's Literary Award for Small Change and Garbo Laughs, and later won the Giller Prize for Late Nights on Air.

Aaron Hernandez

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The music of this hip-hop artist inspires youth to work hard, never give up, have pride in themselves, make positive choices and strive to achieve their dreams.

Colleen Jones

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ms. Jones gained worldwide recognition for skipping her team to two women's world curling championships and an unprecedented four consecutive Tournament of Hearts national titles.

Oliver T. Jones, O.C., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

An accomplished musician, Mr. Jones continues to inspire new generations of artists. He is one of Canada's best jazz musicians of all times.

Gregory Kane

Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Kane is an accomplished lawyer and a respected professor of law. He has been successful in his business ventures and generous with his volunteer commitments.

Rebecca Khoury

Montreal, Quebec

Sensei Rebecca Khoury has been president of Karate Canada since 2008. She is a five-time national champion and has competed around the world, bringing great honour to Canada.

Sergent Nicole Laperle

Cornwall and Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Laperle is being recognized today for her exemplary clerical work throughout her career in the Canadian Forces and for her remarkable leadership and dedication during charity campaigns.

Suzie LeBlanc

Edmundston, New Brunswick and Toronto, Ontario

Soprano Suzie LeBlanc has given numerous concerts in Europe, North America and Japan. She also founded the Academie Baroque de Montreal, which promotes baroque music.

Sebastien Lefebvre and Jean-Francois Stinco

Montreal, Quebec

The popular rock group Simple Plan, to which Mr. Lefebvre and Mr. Stinco belong, is concerned about problems facing youth. Through its foundation, the group promotes music as a stimulating way for young people to find their passion and purpose in life, avoid street gangs and stay in school.

The medals awarded to Pierre Bouvier, Charles Comeau and David Desrosiers will be presented to them at a later date.

Raymond Reed Ludwig

Medstead, Saskatchewan

Mr. Ludwig has greatly supported fundraising campaigns promoting prostate cancer research and men's mental health, recently raising close to $100,000 for the Movember campaign.

Robert Lunney

Winnipeg, Manitoba and Toronto, Ontario

Now retired, Chief Lunney has been a true leader in policing for more than 40 years, having namely served with the RCMP, the cities of Edmonton and Winnipeg, and as president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

Sandra Yuen MacKay

Vancouver, British Columbia

Ms. MacKay is a visual artist and writer. Having overcome great obstacles herself, she is now an advocate and spokesperson for mental health issues.

Steven MacLean, M.S.M.

Ottawa, Ontario and St-Hubert, Quebec

As one of Canada's astronauts and former president of the Canadian Space Agency, Dr. MacLean has promoted Canada's space program on the national and international stage.

Lenora Marcellus

Victoria, British Columbia

A registered nurse, Dr. Marcellus advocates for substance-exposed mothers and newborns. She also provides training on infant care for foster parents and caregivers.

Alice Milmore

Maniwaki, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Milmore, a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for more than 50 years. She has also assisted at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony for more than three decades.

Master Warrant Officer Keith Paul Mitchell, C.V., M.S.M., C.D.

LaSalle, Quebec and Kentville, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Mitchell is one of only 20 Canadians to have been awarded the Cross of Valour, Canada's highest decoration for bravery. The search and rescue technician jumped into freezing Arctic waters to provide aid to a critically ill fisherman onboard a ship.

Fire Chief Bruce Montone

Ottawa and Windsor, Ontario

Fire Chief Montone has been a firefighter for more than 30 years and has greatly contributed to the profession. Formerly Ottawa's deputy fire chief, he now heads the Windsor Fire Department.

Clive Morris

Stittsville, Ontario

As a veteran of the Royal Air Force, Mr. Morris has served on the Royal Canadian Legion Ritual and Awards Committee, and has assisted at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony for more than 20 years.

Tammy Nelson

Kingston, Ontario

Highly regarded as a traditional Elder, Mrs. Nelson is a positive influence and an outstanding role model for the Aboriginal youth in her community.

Seamus O'Regan

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, Ontario

News correspondent and former co-host of "Canada AM", Mr. O'Regan became the first journalist to be named to Canada's Top 40 under 40. He has endorsed several community educational and cultural initiatives.

Jonathan Palluq

Clyde River, Nunavut

Mr. Palluq is the director of Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Centre, which is dedicated to teaching traditional Inuit skills and knowledge that have sustained communities in the Arctic for centuries.

Major George Pearce, C.D. (Ret'd)

Brighton, Ontario

For some 21 years, Major Pearce co-hosted Remembrance Day televised broadcasts and other military anniversaries. His commentaries have helped Canadians better understand the contributions of our veterans during conflicts.

James Ross

Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories

As entrepreneur and former chief of the Teet'lit Gwich'in Council, Mr. Ross has developed initiatives to create jobs, as well as educational and cultural opportunities, for the Fort McPherson community.

Miriam Schlanger

Toronto, Ontario

Mrs. Schlanger is recognized for her involvement with Toronto's Out of the Cold program and other charities. She also holds fundraisers in her home to support charitable organizations in Israel.

David A. Selby

Montreal and St-Laurent, Quebec

Former professor of civil engineering at McGill University, Professor Selby gave many years of volunteer service to the Welcome Hall Mission, in Montreal, helping those looking for a shelter and a chance to rebuild their lives.

Timmy Sharma

Winnipeg, Manitoba

A teacher in Winnipeg, Ms. Sharma works mainly with adolescent parents from First Nations. She is also an active volunteer for the breast cancer, juvenile diabetes and multiple sclerosis organizations.

Walter Sieber

Sainte-Julie, Quebec

A long-time member of the Canadian Olympic Committee's board of directors, Mr. Sieber has also served on the Candidature Acceptance Working Group, which reviews and analyzes Olympic bids before recommendations are made to the International Olympic Committee.

Abigail Slater

Port Chester, New York, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ontario

Lisa Slater

Bronxville, New York, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Lisa and Abigail Slater are community volunteers in Toronto. Lisa is the founder of Eat to the Beat, while Abigail is best known for her role in raising funds for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada.

Michael Smith

Fortune and Souris, Prince Edward Island

A well known chef and food ambassador for PEI and for Canada abroad, Mr. Smith led the team of chefs that cooked for the world's Olympians at the Athletes Village in Vancouver in 2010.

Paul D. Sobey

Pictou County and Stellarton, Nova Scotia

Mr. Sobey is the president and CEO of Empire Company Ltd., a company in food retailing which supports many national initiatives that promote the well being of families and children.

The Right Reverend D. Ralph Spence

Hamilton, Ontario

Bishop Spence, one of Canada's heralds extraordinary, shares his passion by speaking to youth groups and new Canadians about the history of Canada's symbols, the importance of public service, and volunteerism.

Iain Tait

Windsor and Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Tait is the international commissioner for Scouts Canada and chair of the International Committee. In addition to doing international development work, Mr. Tait is a member of the Ottawa Police Pipe Band.

Daniel Taylor

Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario

Professor Taylor is a countertenor and the head of Early Music at the University of Toronto. He is also artistic director and conductor of the choir and orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music, which performs more than 30 concerts every year all over the world.

Stella Torontow

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Torontow is actively involved in business development, as well as health and cultural activities in Ottawa. Among many endeavours, she has greatly contributed to the creation of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Women's Health Centre of Ottawa.

Cora Tsouflidou

Caplan and Ste-Therese, Quebec

Ms. Tsouflidou is the president and founder of Chez Cora restaurants. She also operates a foundation to help improve the lives of Canadian children.

The Honourable Richard Wagner

Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario

Justice Wagner was appointed to the position of puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada in October 2012. He has greatly contributed to the judicial system, namely in Quebec and has been recognized for spearheading the Centre d'acces a l'information juridique (CAIJ) for members of the profession.

Trent West

Leduc and Edmonton, Alberta

Firefighter and chair of the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal Program Advisory Committee, Mr. West has greatly contributed to the profession and now shares his expertise in planning for and responding to emergencies as fire commissioner of Alberta.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Stephen White

London, Ontario

Assistant Commissioner White is responsible for RCMP's police services in Ontario. Throughout his career, he has built key partnerships across the Canadian and international policing communities.

Kenneth Wilson

Halifax, Nova Scotia

For more than 15 years, Dr. Wilson has volunteered for Operation Smile, a not-for-profit organization that runs 30 to 40 missions per year, bringing surgical care to children around the world.

Contacts:
Marie-Pierre Belanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

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