8:30 a.m., July 27)
honoured with Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
By Fred Sherwin
Phyllis Mayers can hardly contain her excitement
as Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely
pins the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Medal on her during a ceremony on Wednesday.
local residents were honoured with the Queen Elizabeth
II Diamond Jubilee Medal on Wednesday during a special
ceremony at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
MPP Phil McNeely and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant
crack hosted the ceremony which was held in the main foyer
of the Arts Centre.
MPP in Ontario was allowed to nominate up to 14 individuals
for the special honour established to commemorate the
60th anniversary of the Queen's reign on the throne. The
21 local recipients were honoured for their dedicated
service to their peers, their community and the province
Mayers took special pride in receiving her medal. The
70-year-old Pineview resident remembers singing with her
school choir in her native Barbados on the occasion of
Queen Elizabeth's conronation in 1952.
was 10-years-old and I sang my heart out. My mother made
my dress and I had a big sash and a great big bow in my
hair. I remember that like it was yesterday," said
Mayers, who was presented with the Jubilee Medal for her
lifelong record of volunteerism.
the 21 recipients were four veterans of the Second World
War including former Gloucester city councillor Frank
Cauley, 90; double Distinguished Flying Cross recipient
and Naban resident Eric Smith, 91; former British Special
Forces member Syd Davie, 88; and Cumberland Village resident
Angus Wilson, 90, whose mother was Canada's first female
Senator, Cairine Wilson.
veteran and former Ottawa-Orléans MPP Gilles Morin
also received a medal, as did Domaine Perrault winery
owner and domestic wine advocate Denis Perrault.
I look at this medal it reminds me of all the committee
meetings I went to and the hundreds of hours I've put
in traveling around trying to help people out. It really
is an honour," said Perrault.
nurse and founding member of the Orléans Health
Commiitee, Janise Johnson, was also tremendously honoured
upon receiving her medal.
a avid monarchist, so this is really special to me. The
Queen has dedicated her entire life to the Commonwealth
and to Canada, so to recieve this medal with so many other
people who have done so much, especially thse veterans
is very humbling and a real honour," said Johnson.
Kimberly Fawcett also received a medal. The Orléans
resident lost her young son and her leg in a car accident
in 2007 and turned tragedy into triumph by taking up the
sport of triathlon and winning two bronze medals at the
Para World Championships. She also established the Canadian
Forces Injured Soldiers Network and founded Para-Athletes
Canada, an organization that provides athletes with physical
disabilities the equip.m.ent they require to participate
in their chosen sport on a competitive level.
the other recipients were Projet Karyne founders Mary
Lou and Carl Maisonneuve; Rockland businessman Jamie MacDonald;
former Olympian and community advocate Dan Biocchi; Navan
businessman and community advocate Ross Bradley; Orléans
lawyer David Bertschi; former Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde; Felix Saint-Denis, the founder
of L'écho d'un peuple; Société franco-ontarienne
du patrimoine et de lhistoire dOrléans
founder Nicole Fortier; Élisabeth Allard, who was
instrumental in allowing francophone military personnel
to receive services and work in French; Jacqueline Fraser
and Nation Township Fire Chief Auréle Constanineau.
Front row: Cpt. Kimberly Fawcett, Debbie Orth,
Nicole Fortier, Phyllis Mayers, Janise Johnson,
Élisabeth Allard and Angus Wilson.
Back row: Syd Davie, Auréle Constantineau,
Mary Lou Maisonneuve, Carl Maisonneuve, Ross
Bradley, Frank Cauley, Grant Crack, Eric Smith,
Phil McNeely, Dan Biocchi, Jamie MacDonald,
Denis Perrault, Gilles Morin, Jean-Marc Lalonde
and Felix Saint-Denis. Not pictured: Jacquelin
Fraser. Fred Sherwin/Photo
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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