Renu Mehta Honoured with Prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Medal
By A Correspondent
Renu Mehta, a well- known Communications Consultant of Indian origin was honoured with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. A successful and well known figure in Toronto media, business and social circles, she received the award for her volunteerism and many years of work in the community.
“The Diamond Jubilee award highlights the achievements of people who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to family, community and country. I am indeed greatly honoured to be selected for this award,” said Renu Mehta.
A successful and leading business person, Mehta’s philanthropic endeavors include thousands of hours of volunteer work with various organizations including the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, Eiproc and the Equity Council of York Region. She has also been a mentor to many new immigrants and donates her time generously to many social causes, while funding the education of many young girls in India.
A journalist by profession, Mehta has worked with the CHUM group in the past, presenting Live Traffic for CP24. She has also hosted, reported and produced many programs including 26 episodes of a Science Show for OMNI Television, 13 Environment shows, as well as researched and reported for specialty Television shows including 300 years of Sikh History. She has also held the position of Consulting Editor for The Indian Express and Divya Bhaskar (North American edition) carving stories, experiences and news and bringing out the weekly editions for many years.
“You continue to put in volunteer hours and work without thought of return. Nevertheless, it is a great feeling when your work is recognized and honoured,” she says. “I would like to thank the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce for presenting this honour to me and specially Satish Thakkar, past president ICCC and Naval Bajaj, current president of ICCC.
Mehta’s career began when she researched and wrote shows for The New City for Rogers when she wrote about Health, Voting Procedures and other issues that would affect people in the new amalgamated city of Toronto.
The Queen’s medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, serves to honour the contributions and achievements made by Canadians from all sectors of society.
“When we first came to Canada, we did not know anyone. Many people came forward in various ways to help us. It is important to give back to the community and provide help in whatever way you can,” says Mehta.