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Deltans honoured with Jubilee medals

Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington and Reverend Major Jim Short (far right) were on hand to present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Delta residents (from left to right) Susan Jones, James Ingram, Joy Fera, and Christina Basi on behalf of her father Andy Basi at Kirkland House on Saturday, Dec. 15.  - Jim Kinnear photo
Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington and Reverend Major Jim Short (far right) were on hand to present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Delta residents (from left to right) Susan Jones, James Ingram, Joy Fera, and Christina Basi on behalf of her father Andy Basi at Kirkland House on Saturday, Dec. 15.
— image credit: Jim Kinnear photo

A host of local residents have been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal this month, in recognition of their accomplishments in the community.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

The medal is awarded to individuals who have improved the well-being of their community and represent Canada’s mosaic of individual experiences and accomplishments.

“We are blessed with so many talented neighbours who are wholly devoted to Delta,” said Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington. “I think, more than anything, the honour in receiving Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is the recognition that one is standing with a remarkable community that goes above and beyond for the benefit of all.”

The recipients were selected by panels chaired by local MLAs and MPs.

Susan Jones

A strong voice for preserving South Delta’s quality of life, Jones has provided years of leadership and tireless environmental stewardship with the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust.

Joy Fera

Fera is a two-time World Rowing Champion, and competed in the 1979 Montreal Summer Olympic Games. Fera has extensively volunteered her time, promoting sports by co-founding the Delta Deas Rowing Club and participating on the Spirit of B.C. Committee, Delta Sport Council and KidSport.

James Ingram

Having provided exemplary service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, NATO and Delta Police, Ingram volunteers with the Lions Club, the Tsawwassen Order of Old Bastards, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Andy Basi

A promoter of public health, Basi has spread his years of volunteerism between Delta Community Health, the Delta Secondary School Parents’ Advisory Committee, the South Asian Advisory Committee of the Canadian Cancer Society, Diversity Canadian Cancer Society, the Delta Hospital Foundation, the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society, and the B.C. High School Bhangra Competition Society.

Eliza Olson

Olson’s work as a tireless defender of Burns Bog earned her the medal. Her organization, the Burns Bog Conservation Society, provides outdoor environmental education to Delta and neighbouring communities.

Gary Wilson

Wilson was recognized for his more than 30 years of public service and community contributions in sports and athletics, as well as his pioneering engagement with planning at the community level. Wilson’s advocacy for neighbourhood-based planning initiatives led the way for the province, according to Delta North MLA Guy Gentner.

Patricia McGregor

For 40 years, McGregor has helped establish and maintain arts and culture in Delta. McGregor has entertained audiences from B.C. to Saskatchewan for the past few decades with her original shows of music, comedy, song, and theatre.

Tosh Suzuki

For his persistence in compelling the Legislature of British Columbia to apologize to Canadians of Japanese ancestry for their wrongful internment during World War II, Suzuki was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. An official apology was given by the provincial government in May.

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