A large group of South Deltans were among those receiving Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals Sept. 6.
The awards honours the Queen’s 60 years of duty and service to Canada by recognizing the selfless contributions of community leaders, said Delta-Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynn Findlay who presented them.
“Each represent the highest ideals of community service,” said Findlay.
The recipients from South Delta included:
Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird who was first elected in 1999. She played a key role in implementing British Columbia’s first urban treaty in 2009 and serves on the Metro Vancouver Board, the BC Hydro Board, the Mayors’ Council on Transportation, and many First Nations Societies and programs.
Ray Carter who has assisted with the building of the North Delta Public Safety Building. He has also been a Member of the Delta Police Board & the Delta Police Foundation. As President of Baseball Canada, his contribution to baseball in Canada is extraordinary.
Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford who has been instrumental in implementing programs to decrease crime since he became Chief Constable in 1995. He has been a member of numerous community boards and panels including the Canadian Police Research Centre, and served as the President of the BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police.
Hermann Glockl is the Founder of Food on the Corner, a non-profit society based in Tsawwassen. The society has provided soup and food outreach to the homeless for many years. With more than 130 volunteers, the society feeds up to 500 people weekly on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
Joan High joined the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society in 1971. She has volunteered in the community for over 40 years serving as Auxiliary President, Volunteer Service Coordinator & Lower Mainland Representative to the Provincial Healthcare Council.
Gordon Huff, Delta farmer and a World War II Royal Canadian Navy Veteran, has been a dedicated volunteer fireman and training officer for 35 years. He is still active as a lifetime member of the Delta Agricultural Society.
Lois Jackson, Delta’s Mayor since 1999, was the first woman elected to Council in 1973. She was the Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board for several years and is the Chair of the Delta Police Board. Her priorities have been farmland, protection of Burns Bog, and a No New Debt policy.
Lloyd Jones is a World War II Veteran who spends his waking hours volunteering with the Delta Police, Shriners, Royal Canadian Legion, and the Phoenix Food & Drug group.
Nancy J. Macey has worked vigorously for over two decades to fulfill her vision and passion for the establishment of a centre to assist with end of life issues. The Delta Hospice Society facilities in Ladner are the realization of her vision.
Dr. Don McKenzie, sports medicine physician, formed his innovative theory in 1996 that repetitive upper body exercise would be beneficial for anyone who had been treated for breast cancer. “Abreast in A Boat” was created to test this successful and now proven theory.
Peter Podovinikoff is the founding President & CEO of Ladner Credit Union. Currently, he is a Director of Envision Financial and the Kwantlen Foundation. He has also been actively involved with the Delta Chamber of Commerce & the Rotary Club of Ladner. He is a Past Director & Chair of the Fraser River Port Authority.
George Conrad Reifel has contributed to wetland conservation in North America through his volunteer leadership of Ducks Unlimited Canada, Nature Trust of BC, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Tyee Club of BC, and the British Columbia Waterfowl Society.
Christopher Scurr has volunteered on many community committees and with business groups. As a crewman serving on the Roberts Bank Lifeboat, he has spent thousands of volunteer hours helping to save lives and property at sea.
Jim Stimson, a social worker, counselor, probation officer, volunteer and author has spent decades helping individuals, families, employers and unions deal with addiction, emotional and psychological difficulties. Jim was the driving force behind the Little House Society’s rebuilt home.