Forty-six more community leaders received Diamond Jubilee Awards during a ceremony Friday, held at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey.
The recipients included businesspeople, police officers, health-care workers, athletes, volunteers and average citizens who stepped up to help their neighbourhoods. Surrey North MP Jasbir Sandhu and MLAs Harry Bains, Jagrup Brar, Sue Hammell and Bruce Ralston were on-hand to distribute the medals.
Rachid Arab, Tim Baillie, Dr. Raghbir Singh Bains, Neeru Bajwa, Habib Bajwa, Richard Blyth, Master Cpl. Kerry Booth, Bonnie Burnside, Michael Thomas Carpenter, Balwinder Chahal, Satbir Singh Cheema, Tammy Dao, Balbir Singh Desi, Gail Dobranski, Jasbir Dosanjh, Canada Drouin, Ernie Fassler, Jonquil Hallgate, Marilyn Herrmann, David Hesch, Pritam Singh Jauhal, Pummy Kaur, Susan Keeping, Art Kube, Brigette Kugler, Kenneth Kwan, Lt.-Col. David Michael Lowe, Janice Meehan, Narinder Nayer, Tom Oleman, Marc Alan Scott Pelech, Penny Priddy, Matthew Purdy, Nina Rivet, Lamber Sidhu, Hardev Singh Rai, Jarnail Singh, Colleen Staresina, Lee Taylor, Jim Trimble, Naveed Waraich, Shayne Williams, Lila Wing, Simon Wong and George Zaklan.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award was created to mark her 60th year on the throne. To date, nearly 60,000 Canadians have received the honour, from politicians to RCMP to Justin Bieber.
MPs and MLAs were each given medals to give to deserving residents in their communities. Recipients were chosen by volunteer advisory panels assembled by the elected representatives.