April 20, 2012
Local Joint Committee Set to Receive Nominations for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals
The new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program, and has provided the public an opportunity to send candidates for consideration to their MP and MPP.
As such, MP Del Mastro and MPP Leal have established a local working committee to review nominations from the Peterborough Riding. The committee will also recommend who will receive the Jubilee Medals based on criteria set out by the Governor General, with final validation being provided by The Chancellery of Honours.
“We are blessed with so many community-minded individuals who have made significant differences in this community. This medal program is an exceptional way to pay tribute to the important contributions of these individuals,” said Del Mastro and Leal in a joint statement. “We are thankful to have the support of our local committee to review the applications and recommend the most deserving candidates.”
Chair, Thomas H.B. Symons - Professor Tom Symons is a teacher and writer in the field of Canadian Studies and public policy. He has written extensively on intellectual, cultural, and historical issues, and on international academic and cultural relations. He was the Founding President of Trent University, serving as its President and Vice-Chancellor from 1961 to 1972, and since that time as Vanier Professor and Vanier Professor Emeritus. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Heritage Trust in 2006, and became Chairman in 2010.
Professor Symons was Chairman of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada for the decade from 1986 to 1996. He is Past Chair of the Council of the Canadian Canoe Museum, a Member of Council of the Historica Foundation, and a Governor of the Fathers of Confederation
Buildings Trust in Charlottetown. Professor Symons is Honorary President of the Peterborough Historical Society, Chair Emeritus of the
Peterborough Lakefield Police Services Board and served on the Panel appointed by the Canadian Government to report on the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway, 2007-2008.
He has also served as Chair of the National Library Advisory Board, Chair of the National Statistics Council, Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and Chairman of the 700-member Association of Universities of the Commonwealth.
Professor Symons became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976 and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1997. He was appointed a member of the Order of Ontario in 2003.
R. Kenneth (Ken) Armstrong - Kenneth Armstrong is a provincial appointee on the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Services Board and was President of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce on two consecutive occasions.
He is also a former Director of the Peterborough Museum and Archives and in 1983, was appointed to the Ontario Bicentennial
Commission to oversee the province’s 200th anniversary celebration.
In 1995, Mr. Armstrong was appointed by the federal government to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and he served for seven years as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and in 2005, he was appointed the Chair of the 11- person National Board.
Ken was also a provincial appointee to the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team. He is a former Peterborough “Citizen of the Year” and is a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Lois Tuffin - Lois Tuffin works as editor in chief for Kawartha Media Group and has shared her leadership and expertise in various charitable
organizations - including Homegrown Homes, Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network, Youth Emergency Shelter and the 2007 World Women's Under-19 Lacrosse Championships. She has worked in the media business for 22 years, including stints in print, radio, TV and online. She has lived and worked in Peterborough since 1998 and is known as a relentless fact-checker, news hound, blogger, Tweeter and panelist on
TVCOGECO's Politically Speaking. Above all, she is a champion for the community and the volunteers who drive it forward.
Mollie Cartmell - As a volunteer, Mollie has been involved locally, nationally and internationally with both YMCA and Olympic movements and has received the highest national award from both organizations. In 1986, Mollie became the first woman President of the Peterborough Family YMCA. She is a former Canadian Canoe Museum board member and is currently a volunteer artisan there.
Mollie has served on a variety of other boards, most notably Kawartha Haliburton Children's Aid Society and City of Peterborough Community Funding Initiative (formerly "Special Grants".) Among her various interests, Mollie includes music, photography and gardening.
David Crowley - David is a partner in Crowley Farms Norwood Ltd., a broiler chicken operation and Crowley Bus lines Ltd.; a family owned School Bus Company as well as a few other smaller business ventures. He is currently the Past President of the Norwood Agricultural Society, Past
Chairman of the Board of Directors for HTM Insurance Company in Cobourg, and currently Chairman of the Asphodel- Norwood Police Service board.
To be eligible for this honour, a person must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada;
- Have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and
- Be alive on February 6th, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date.
In order to nominate an individual deserving of this honour, please contact either the Office of MP Dean Del Mastro at (705) 745-2108 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Office of MPP Jeff Leal at (705) 742-3777 or by email at email@example.com - nominations close on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Details on the presentation ceremony will be provided at a future date.
Description of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
The obverse depicts a crowned image of the Sovereign, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The reverse marks the sixtieth, or diamond, anniversary of the accession to the Throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The anniversary is expressed by the central diamond shape, by the background composed of a pattern of diamonds, and by the two dates. The Royal Cypher consists of the Royal Crown above the letters EIIR (i.e., Elizabeth II Regina, the latter word meaning Queen in Latin). The maple leaves refer to Canada, while the motto VIVAT REGINA means “Long live The Queen!” The ribbon uses a new arrangement of the blue, red and white colours found in the 1953 Coronation Medal, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal, and the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal.
Additional information on the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
can also be found on the Governor General of Canada’s website at www.gg.ca