From politicians to RCMP to volunteers to Justin Bieber, thousands of deserving Canadians have received the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for their service since the office of the Governor General began awarding them in February 2012.
By February 2013, an estimated 60,000 Great White Northerners will have received the honour. Here are some of the latest recipients from Surrey, White Rock and Delta:
Laurae McNally, chair of the Surrey Board of Education, was awarded for her extensive community service.
Quoting her mother, McNally said, "You get out of your community what you put into it."
Dr. Don McKenzie, a sports medicine physician from Delta, developed the theory that repetitive exercise of the upper body was beneficial for those living with breast cancer. Through Abreast in a Boat, a dragon boat paddling group for women who have been treated for breast cancer, he proved his theory.
Michael Webb, a professional engineer from Surrey and vice-president of technology services at E-Comm, was recognized for his dedication to increasing public safety and creating better procedures for emergency services throughout British Columbia and the country.
Patricia MacGregor has greatly supported the arts in Delta, both as a performer and organizer of events. For the past few decades, her original theatre shows, comedic acts and music have entertained audiences from B.C. and beyond.
Eliza Olson of the Burns Bog Conservation Society has helped to preserve and promote awareness of the largest domed peat bog on North America's west coast. The group has educated residents of Delta and Surrey about important environmental initiatives and how to protect the bog's ecosystem.
Garry Wilson was commended for his contributions in sports and athletics. Delta North MLA Guy Gentner added that his involvement in community planning led to numerous initiatives that are now widespread throughout the province.
Tosh Suzuki's humanitarian advocacy fueled a successful campaign that petitioned the B.C. legislature to formally apologize for the forced relocation and internment of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War.
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