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Fifteen honoured with Diamond Jubilee Medals

MP JOHN DUNCAN presented these people with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. - Photo submitted
MP JOHN DUNCAN presented these people with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.
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Fifteen distinguished Comox Valley people received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in a ceremony Monday at the Comox Community Centre.

Monday's recipients from MP John Duncan were:

Cora Beddows

As president of the Wachiay Friendship Centre, Cora’s mission is to build a strong community rooted in the philosophy and cultures of First Nations peoples.

Judy Ackinclose

Judy was nominated by the Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society for her exceptional contributions and achievements in support of the conservation, education and protection of salmon resources in B.C.

Delbert Doll

Delbert taught at Vanier Secondary School for nearly 40 years and has contributed extensively to his community as a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Monarchist League of Canada.

Maureen Eykelenboom

Maureen is the founder and chair of Boomer’s Legacy, a foundation created to embody and perpetuate the passion her son Andrew had towards helping people in need whom he encountered

while deployed in Afghanistan as a medical technician with the Canadian Forces.

Clifford Fletcher

After retiring as a senior officer from a full military career with Search and Rescue and Cadets, Cliff served as B.C. commissioner for Scouting and became deeply involved in community services.  Stewart Hardy

Stewart has been a council member of the K’ómoks First Nation for the past 50 years.

Charles Hazleton

Upon moving the family to the Comox Valley in 1995, he immediately became involved with 888 Wing in many capacities, including serving on committees within the wing as well as president.

Lorraine Hiebert

She was assistant co-ordinator of the Comox Valley Crisis Centre, helping to start Dial Alert and Comox Valley Family Services. In earlier years, Lorraine was a vital cog in the group who worked to encourage the provincial government to the extend the Inland Highway north of Courtenay.

Margaret Hind

Margaret, program director of the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society since the inception of the society in 1985, is a key player who tirelessly works to provide riding programs three seasons of the year, fours days a week for people with special needs in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

Gail Limber

Gail acted in almost every capacity for Courtenay Little Theatre and  was the 2002 recipient of Theatre BC’s Eric Hamber Award.

William Moncrief

He was awarded Japan’s second highest honour, the Order of the Rising Sun, for his lifelong efforts to ensure that Cumberland did not forget the Japanese families that were forced to leave. Bronco served as mayor and councillor for over 30 years.

Beryl Regier

Beryl helped to form the Upper Island Arts Council, now known as the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, and is in her 54th year as the creative director of the Co-Val Choristers. Beryl was named Citizen of the Year in 1997 and Freeman of the City of Courtenay in 1998.

Raymond Rogers

Ray was instrumental in the establishment of the Trent River Fish Hatchery and has also been a member of the Courtenay and

District Fish and Game Protective Association for over 50 years and has been granted a lifetime membership.

Hazel Serin

In 1992 after moving to the area, Hazel joined the Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling Society, where she uses her skills and energy to support seniors who experience challenges in their lives.

Greg Sawchuck

Greg is a lifetime hunter and conservationist who has devoted years to further wildlife conservation.

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