Two local residents were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal on Thursday in recognition of their outstanding volunteer efforts in their communities.
Longtime Rossland resident Jackie Drysdale and Trail resident Robin Michelle Legere were both honoured with the medal, given out this year as a celebration of the Queen’s 60 years as monarch. A crowd turned out for the ceremony, held at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary office in Trail, just prior to their regular meeting.
RDKB chair Larry Gray introduced both recipients, saying that he can still remember meeting Drysdale many years ago when he first came to the area.
“There are some people that have that kind of persona, they open themselves up and make you feel like you’re welcome,” Gray said.
Drysdale served three terms on the Rossland Council as alderman and one term as mayor, between 1979 – 1987. She is the chair of the Rossland Heritage Commission, a member of the Golden City Days Committee , a volunteer at the Thrift Shop and a Friend of the Museum.
Drysdale said it was a real honour to receive the medal.
“It’s always been a pleasure for me to work on behalf, in a multitude of ways, for the community,” she said, adding that she felt that there are many deserving volunteers in communities all around the area.
Legere was awarded for her outstanding volunteer efforts in sending care packages to those serving in the Canadian military overseas.
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