MP presents Jubilee medals 0
Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, held a presentation ceremony at Bethel Heritage Park Thursday to award Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to 13 well-deserving Portage-Lisgar residents.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II accession to the Throne.
"Each of these individuals have dedicated much of their time, often working behind the scenes, to contribute to others in their community," Hoeppner stated. "These people stand out amongst many for their humble, generous attitudes and their ability to take otherwise negative circumstances and make them better.
"Portage-Lisgar is made a better place because of the actions of the individuals named here. These are the people that leave a legacy for the community and those around them. Their kind deeds go beyond just the here and now. They have a lasting impact and that is what we want to honour them for."
Among those honoured were the following:
- Scott Beattie (Morden) - Scott volunteers his accounting services to help local organizations in his community, he is also very involved in local hockey clubs and has been a volunteer at his local golf club executive for many years. He has an abundance of community spirit, and is always willing to volunteer.
- Elizabeth Dyck (Morden) - Betty has been providing a foster home for homeless children in the Pembina Valley area for over 35 years, taking in the most vulnerable children and treating them with dignity, respect and compassion and is a strong advocate for all children. She continues to mentor the children up into adulthood.
- Paul Grenier (St. Leon) - He is always willing to give everyone a helping hand. He is president of CDEM an organization to promote bilingualism in Municipalities, President of the community round table and constantly promoting his Small rural community of St. Leon.
- Elmer Hildebrand (Altona) - Elmer spearheaded a committee to make a new campus at the Canadian Christian Univ. a reality for many students; in addition gives untold hours in both his own community and many others in the region, he's an enthusiastic volunteer, tireless fund-raiser, perpetual committee member and long-standing director for local churches, festivals, museums and charitable organizations, arts councils and sporting groups.
- Evelyn Janzen (La Riviere) - Evelyn is an enthusiastic and ambitious woman, she loves to volunteer! She is a self starter, creative and selfless in giving of her time to volunteer for many organizations in her area.
- Albert Krynski (Portage La Prairie) - Albert is a teacher in a local high school that works with special needs students. He also helps to transition them in to regular life after graduation. He spearheaded a ground breaking program & raised funds for a scenery room in the high school. This room helps to calm kids; many schools in the area are able to also use this room to help a larger number of children.
- June Letkeman (Plum Coulee) - June is one of the most giving people in her community! She has volunteered on the BTHC Foundation board for many years, helping bring in much needed healthcare programs & equipment to the area, she is part of the local development Corp. & tourist association.
- Kara McBurney (McGregor) - On July 11, 2011. Kara and fellow life guard Stacey were guarding at Valley View Bible Camp, near McGregor when a young boy had been jumped on accidentally and knocked unconscious, he was not breathing when Kara pulled him out of the water. She and Stacey administered mouth to mouth and was able to help save his life.
- John Quayle (St Claude) - John Quayle is very involved in promoting his community by helping to publish 2 books, and a yearly community calendar. John is on the local tourism association in his area and is a member of local community development Corporation. His community spirit is a very integral part of who he is.
- David Quinn (Portage La Prairie) - Dave is one of the most community minded individuals known in the Portage La Prairie area. In addition to his long list of community involvement, he was part of the Armed Forces, Kinsmen Club, the Local Chamber of Commerce, and City Councilor; he also worked at the Agassi Youth Center.
- Joyce Schrader (Portage La Prairie) - Joyce has a vision to help women, doing this by addressing violence against women. She is the director of The Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre. Her heart is to help those in need when they have no place else to go for help.
- Eva Thiessen (Winkler) - Eva has volunteered with the local BTHC Palliative care program for over 21 years, giving countless hours to those in a very crucial time of need. She makes home visits, helps serve coffee in Cancer Care when patents are receiving chemo & also plays an electronic harp & sings to patients as she sits with them in the hospital.
- Lieutenant Mark Gordon Wilson (Winkler) - Mark is the Troup Commander of the 13th Field Battery, stationed out of Portage La Prairie. We should give honour to Mr. Wilson, who was willing to risk his life so that those less fortunate could begin to know what freedom and security are. It is a privilege to belong to a nation that is willing to make peace and bring relief to the afflicted and oppressed.
To be eligible for this honour, a person must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.