The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
By A Correspondent
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations this year mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne as Queen of Canada, the second such occurrence in the Crown's nearly thousand-year history.
The Diamond Jubilee medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her steadfast service and dedication to this country, and serves to recognize significant contributions and achievements by individuals. Canadians from coast to coast are being recognized during the Diamond Jubilee year.
Featured here are an august group of individuals, some of whom have been invested with the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. They are among many others who were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to Canada. Their exemplary community service has enhanced the quality of life of Canadians.
Their dedication aptly reflects Princess Elizabeth's speech delivered on April 21, 1947, when she said, "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service…”
“The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a celebration of a lifetime of committed service, steadfast loyalty and true dedication. It is also a celebration of our wonderful country and its evolution.
“The Diamond Jubilee Medal serves as a lasting symbol of Canada's long-standing ties with the Crown and of the exceptional contributions made by those upon whom this honour has been bestowed,” said The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
“All of you are remarkable persons who have contributed greatly to Canadian society in significant and important ways. You represent excellence in your chosen endeavours, and have enhanced the quality of life in your community and country,” added The Honourable David C Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.