(Updated 10:30 p.m., Jan. 25)
local residents receive Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
By Fred Sherwin
O'Connell and Zybina Richards pose with Ottawa-Orléans
MP Royal Galipeau after receiving their Queen's
Diamond Jubilee Medals on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
floor House of Commons was the scene of a very special
ceremony on Friday as 30 area residents were bestowed
with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Ottawa-Orléans
MP Royal Galipeau.
recipients received their medals in front of more than
200 family and friends who occupied the Commons seats
usually reserved for the MPs.
than 487 Ottawa-Orléans residents were nominated
for the honour by the public at large. Their names were
submitted to Mr. Galipeau's office and then vetted by
a nonpartisan committee of past medal recipients who chose
the final group of 30.
total of 60,000 Canadians have received medals during
the past year including more than 60 area residents. Ottawa-Orléans
MPP Phil McNeely presided over a ceremony in July in which
21 local residents received a medal
30 recipients honoured on Friday included prominent businessman
and philanthropist Andre Lacroix from Lacroix Source for
Sports, Special Olympian Ada Chan, Fallingbrook Community
Association president Zybina Richards and former Cumberland
mayor and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Brian Coburn.
Richards was especially touched by the fact that she had
been chosen to receive a medal. She immigrated to Canada
in 1989 and settled in Fallingbrook in 1990 with her husband
and their young son. Within a year she was volunteering
at her son's school and joined the parent council.
long afterwards she joined the Fallingbrook Community
Association and would eventually become president, a position
she has held for the past eight years. As president she
was the lead organizer of the Fallingbrook Canada Day
Celebration, the Fallingbrook Family Fun Days, the Fallingbrook
Garage Sale and the Fallingbrook Community Volunteer Awards.
She is also a member of the Greater Orleans Canada Day
Celebration board of directors.
is very special," said Ms. Richards who will celebrate
the 10th anniversary of her Canadian citizenship ceremony
later this year. " I am profoundly grateful to receive
this award. Canada opened its doors to me in 1989 and
I wanted to give back to this blessed country by helping
my community and trying to make it a better place."
O'Connell has been a community volunteer for as long as
he can remember. The 26-year-old helped his parents set
up for the Fallingbrook Canada Day Celebration when he
was just four years old. Since been involved in practically
every Fallingbrook Community Association event since then,
and for the past three years he's been the outdoor rink
manager responsible for three outdoor rinks. Like Ms.
Richards, he is also a member of the Greater Orléans
Canada Day Celebration organizing committee.
was very surprised when I found out, but I'm very honoured
because my mother received one in November," said
Mr. O'Connell. "Being so young and to have done so
much means a lot. It means that younger people in the
community can get things done. It doesn't matter how young
you are, you can still do things."
Young Players artistic director Kathi Langston also received
a medal for her work in introducing and encouraging young
people to pursue the arts. She was also a driving force
in bringing the Shenkman Arts Centre to Orléans.
cadre instructor Maj. Tim McKee received a medal for his
dedication and devotion to the develop.m.ent of youth through
the Cadet program. Denis St. Denis is a lifelong volunteer
and past recipient of the City of Ottawa's Civic Appreciation
St. Matthew High School student Jessie McWatty was honoured
for having volunteered more than 1200 hours, mostly as
a camp counselor. She has also been a swimming instructor
and a CHEO Telethon call attendant.
Dust is a partner in the law firm Dust, Evans, Grandmaitre.
He received his medal for his many fundraising efforts
including acting as a co-chair on the fundraising committee
for the Orleans Y. He is also a past president of the
former Cumberland Chamber of Commerce and a founding member
of the Orléans Chamber. In 1999 he received the
Chamber Champion Award for lifetime service.
recipients include Les Chansonniers founder Gilles Julien;
past director of the Ottawa Childcare Providers Resource
Network, Andrea Lee Gingras; CTV's David O'Byrne; Women's
World Cup and Olympic soccer referee Carol Anne Chénard;
Ottawa Police constable, community volunteer and football
coach Stephen Carroll; student volunteer Emily Joy Beaudoin;
Snowsuit Fund director Joanne Andrews; retored Major and
veteran community volunteer Jean-Claude Allard whose wife
Élisabeth Allard received a medal for community
service in July; Royal Canadian Legion executive member
Ken Green; former Carlsbad Springs Community Association
president Denis Labrèche; Notre-Dame cemetary "field
of honour" caretaker Denise Laframboise; St. Peter
High School choir director and performing arts teacher
Bernard Leger; former Canadian Forces member and mental
health advocate Ross MacDonald; Fédération
des femmes canadiennes dOrléans and Société
franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de lhistoire
dOrléans director Françoise Miller;
Carlsbad Springs Community Association member and Optimist
Ghislaine Monette; St. John Ambulance volunteer and Friends
of the Ottawa Public Library member Cpt. Colin Plows;
Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada director John
Reid; Le Prélude public school teacher and choir
director Michel Rozon; former AOE Arts Council executive
director Christine Tremblay and elementary school teacher
addressing the recipients, Mr. Galipeau thanked them on
behalf of a "grateful nation" for their passion
and dedication to their fellow man and to their community.
are assembled here today to honour 30 of these selfless
citizens whose driving motivation is to help others; to
help their community grow; and to make the best country
in the world even better," Mr. Galipeau said.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was struck to
celebrate significant contributions and achievements Canadians
and to recognize those who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated
themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their
community and their country.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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