Rossland resident will receive prestigious award

Rossland's Bobbi LaFond will be receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Monday.

Nancy Greene herself phoned Margaret (Bobbi) LaFond yesterday morning  to share the news and congratulate her on receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Nancy Greene will present the official award this Monday in the Legion at 7 p.m. LaFond’s recognition and contributions will be announced then. She has been a local in the area since the late 1940s.Many years of community service attributes to her upcoming award.

This 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.

During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

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.

To be eligible for this honour, a person must: 1) Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada; 2) 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 Feb. 6, 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.

There is a nomination process to ensure that a variety of fields of activity are recognized, partner organizations have been invited to nominate candidates from their community or organization for this national honour.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a way to honour those who’ve improved the well being of many in our communities.

 

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