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Outstanding Calgarians given Diamond Jubilee recognition

Community leaders from a wide range of sectors were honoured today with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their outstanding service and citizenship.

His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell and Her Honour Linda Ethell hosted the ceremony at McDougall Centre in Calgary for 26 recipients and their guests.

“The lives and contributions of these great Calgarians reflect the same commitment to service long exemplified by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” said Lieutenant Governor Ethell. “The Diamond Jubilee Medal is more than a way to honour our sovereign who has served with dignity and grace for 60 years. It’s also a way to offer sincere thanks to those who have done so much to make our province and nation such a wonderful place to be.”

Medal recipients included Members and Officers of the Order of Canada who are leaders in areas such as business and energy, medicine, arts and culture and the Olympic movement. Members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces were also honoured. A list of recipients is attached.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is a national honour, recognizes citizens of all ages and walks of life who have made significant contributions to their communities. The medals are being presented at ceremonies across the province, hosted by the Lieutenant Governor and other dignitaries, public bodies and organizations taking part in the program.

Upcoming Diamond Jubilee events include a garden party at McDougall Centre in Calgary on Saturday, July 21 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and suitable for all ages. Information is at www.assembly.ab.ca/jubileegardenparty.

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Attachment: Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal - July 17, 2012, Calgary, Alberta

Media inquiries, contact:
Janet Resta
Communications Officer, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
780-427-9222

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

Backgrounder

Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal -July 17, 2012, Calgary, Alberta

The following individuals were presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell at McDougall Centre, Calgary on July 17, 2012.

The Honourable Neil C. Wittmann (Calgary)
The Hon. Neil C. Wittmann is Chief Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. Throughout his exemplary career he has offered strong leadership to the legal community, including service to the Canadian Bar Insurance Association, the Alberta Law Reform Institute and the Law Society of Alberta.

Lieutenant (N) Joseph Banke (Calgary)
Joseph Banke is an officer with HCMS Tecumseh, Royal Canadian Naval Reserve. He has offered extensive service as an instructor and trainer, and as a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to two Lieutenant Governors of Alberta.

Sharon Butala (Calgary)
The writing of author Sharon Butala captures the essence of the prairies and explores the lives of the people who inhabit them. She has been particularly effective in giving a voice to rural women and has also served through her work with the Banff Centre for the Arts and through her support of natural grasslands preservation efforts. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Gordon Cameron (Calgary)
Gordon Cameron has provided leadership to the Canadian oil and gas industry and has represented the nation in international markets and export negotiations. His commitment to community service includes work with organizations such as the Cerebral Palsy Association. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Captain Jason Chen (Medicine Hat)
Jason Chen serves with Base Construction Engineering at CFB Suffield. He also serves the Crown as a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and has been an active volunteer with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Dr. William Cochrane (Calgary)
Through his service as a research scientist, educator, pediatrician and advocate for children’s health, Bill Cochrane has offered considerable contributions to the health and well being of people across Canada.  He was founding Dean of Medicine for the University of Calgary and he is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Major Robert Craddock (Calgary)
Robert Craddock is a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre, Canadian Forces Reserves and a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. His contributions also include extensive work with Scouts Canada and as a public servant in social services.

Richard George (Calgary)
Rick George is a Canadian energy sector leader, a champion for sustainable development and an advocate for enhanced economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities. His service also includes contributions to organizations such as the Governor General's Leadership Conference, the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness and the United Way. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Major Michelle Gerwing (Okotoks)
Michelle Gerwing’s distinguished record of service to the Canadian Forces includes duties as senior nurse, clinic director and chief of staff. She currently serves as a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Richard Haskayne (Calgary)
Dick Haskayne is a longstanding energy sector leader known for his strong ethics and dedication to service. He has made valued contributions to a long list of organizations, including the University of Calgary, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Alberta Bone and Joint Institute, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Centre. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Tom Jackson (Calgary)
Tom Jackson is a popular television, film and musical artist who has used his considerable talents to benefit his fellow Canadians. In addition to serving as a strong role model in the Aboriginal community, he has touched countless lives through his annual Huron Carol Benefit Concert Series and his Dreamcatcher Tour. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Catriona Le May Doan (Calgary)
Speed skating icon Catriona Le May Doan is a double Olympic Gold medalist who has gone on to serve through work with the Canadian Sport Centre and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also lends her voice to programs such as Right to Play and the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Roy O. Lindseth (Calgary)
Roy Lindseth is a pioneering geophysicist who has offered important and innovative service in the field of petroleum exploration and development. He has also offered leadership to the industry through numerous provincial and national professional organizations. He is a Member of the Order of Canada. 

Allan Markin (Calgary)
Allan Markin is a highly regarded business leader who helped build Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. into one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas producers. He is also a generous philanthropist focused on promoting health and wellness, strengthening public health, fostering educational institutions and supporting the arts. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Lt Commander Janet McDougall (Calgary)
Janet McDougall has offered 14 years of distinguished service to HMCS Tecumseh, including her current duties as Commanding Officer. She served 15 years with the Supplementary Ready Reserve and also serves as a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Edward McNally (Calgary)
Ed McNally is the bold entrepreneur behind the Alberta and Canadian success story that is Big Rock Brewery. In addition to providing inspiration to other free-thinking entrepreneurs and business leaders, he serves the community through his support of the University of Calgary and as a generous patron of the arts. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Major Patricia Murphy (Calgary)
Patricia Murphy’s distinguished military record includes service in Germany, Cyprus, the Balkans and across Canada. She currently serves with the King’s Own Calgary Regiment and is a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Dr. John Roberts (Calgary)
John Roberts is founder of the Glenn Gould Foundation and former Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary. He has enjoyed a long career in radio, television and recording, and is an authority on electronic media and cultural policy. His pioneering work has benefited the nation’s composers and performers and strengthened the arts in Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

JR Shaw (Calgary)
JR Shaw is the creator one Canada’s largest and most successful diversified communication companies. He also sets an example as a compassionate benefactor focused on important work taking place in health care, post-secondary education and technology advancement. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Norma Sieppert (Calgary)
Norma Sieppert is celebrated for her work to create the “Adopt-A-Parent” program which was introduced at the1988 Olympic Games to coordinate volunteer services for parents and spouses of visiting athletes. She has also volunteered with the City of Calgary’s Vision 2020, Friends of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and the Law Society of Alberta. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Garnette Sutherland (Calgary)
Dr. Garnette Sutherland is a Professor at the University of Calgary and a leader in the application of MRI techniques to the study of neurological diseases. His efforts have given neurosurgeons innovative new tools and his ongoing work promises to improve the safety and success of brain tumor surgeries and other procedures that demand great precision and accuracy. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Lieutenant (N) Cory Titsing (Calgary)
Cory Titsing is a longstanding member of Cadet Instructor Cadre, Canadian Forces Reserves. He has received the Meritorious Service and 25-year Service Award from the Navy League of Canada and is a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Joshua Traptow (Calgary)
Joshua Traptow's service includes contributions to the Monarchist League of Canada where he serves as youth director and vice-chairman of the Calgary branch. He is also an active community volunteer with groups such as the Calgary Stampede Next Generation Committee and the Calgary Heritage Authority.

Major Candace Van Apeldoorn (Calgary)
Candace Van Apeldoorn has served the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and Regional Cadet Instructor School in a number of capacities. Her community contributions also include her work with SAIT and as a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to two Lieutenant Governors of Alberta.

William (Bill) Warren (Calgary)
Bill Warren’s many contributions include duties as Chancellor of the University of Calgary, Chair of the Calgary Olympic Development Association and President of the Canadian Olympic Association. He was instrumental in securing the 1988 Olympic Games for Calgary and ensuring a legacy to benefit future generations of athletes. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Honourary Captain (Navy) William Wilson (Calgary)
Bill Wilson joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1942. He served as a gunner during the Second World War and then continued to build a long and very distinguished career as a naval reservist, as a leader in the Canadian transportation industry and as a longstanding Calgary community volunteer. He is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit.

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Media inquiries, contact:
Janet Resta
Communications Officer, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
780-427-9222

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.


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