VANCOUVER and OTTAWA, Jan. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, I invite you to join me in congratulating Canada's outstanding athletes as they receive The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As Minister of State (Sport), and a big Team Canada fan, I could not be more proud of the accomplishments of our exceptional Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the London 2012 Games. They showed the world what they could do and made Canada proud. It is only fitting that today, in Her Majesty's honour, we recognize the achievements of these exceptional athletes who have worked hard to serve their communities and country.
The following athletes received their Diamond Jubilee medals at ceremonies in Ottawa and Vancouver:
|Douglas Blessin||Travis Murao|
|Ian Chan||Tobias Ng|
|Nathan Dewitt||Joelle Numainville|
|Bradedon Dolfo||Scott Patterson|
|Jason Dunkerley||Catharine Pendrel|
|Jonathan Dunkerley||Courtnay Pilypaitis|
|Kevin Evans||Joan Elizabeth Reid|
|Brent Hayden||Doug Ripley|
|Trevor Hirschfield||Jessica Smith|
|Brianna Jennett-McNeill||Nathan Stein|
|Joshua Karanja||Anthony Theriault|
|Stacie Louttit||Christos Trifonidis|
|Dorothy Ludwig||Nick Tritton|
|Michael Mason||Josh Vander Vies|
|Riley McCormick||Jessica Vliegenthart|
|Jan Margaret McLachlan||Dustin Walsh|
|John McRoberts||Michael Wilkinson|
|Sasha Mehmedovic||Dylan Williamson|
|Meghan Montgomery||Aleksandra Wozniak|
In addition, the following athletes received their Diamond Jubilee Medals in December 2012:
|Joe Bartoch||Janine Hanson|
|David Blair||Nikkita Holder|
|Jacqueline Brooks||Brittany MacLean|
|Aaron Brown||Natalie Mastracci|
|Rachael Burrows||Diana Matheson|
|Robert Joshua (Josh) Cassidy||Jessica Phoenix|
|Reid Coolsaet||Leah Robinson|
|Joel Dembe||Tamara Steeves|
|Tracey Ferguson||Shona Thorburn|
|Sultana Frizell||Joseph Veloce|
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is one of many ways in which we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's accession to the Throne. A total of 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals are being awarded to Canadians. Presentations took place throughout 2012 and will continue until February 28, 2013, the date when the program closes.
Commemorations like the Diamond Jubilee contribute to our collective identity and help define who we are as Canadians. As our athletes prepare for future challenges, especially the Pan and Parapan American Games that Canada will host in 2015, let us look forward to our country's 150th anniversary in 2017 and celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, strong, and free country it is today.
On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I invite Canadians to join me in honouring these special Canadians.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage