For the record: 58 Burlington residents have received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  February 19, 2013  Part of what makes Burlington a great city is its community involvement. This summer, 54 community-minded Burlingtonians were named recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. They are among 2,000 recipients from Ontario and 60,000 from across Canada.  Four more citizens were added to the list Tuesday evening.

The Jubilee medal, worn on those occasions set out in a protocol manual that comes with the medal.

The recipients receive a medal, a certificate and a lapel pin. The medal, designed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall, will be given out to all recipients by February 28, 2013.

Here, in alphabetical order, are Burlington’s 54 Diamond Jubilee Award Winners.

Bogdan Adamczak: President of the Polish National Union of Canada Branch 17, helped to build a vibrant and active Polish community in Burlington.

Catherine Allen: Works with Girl Guides of Canada to provide a positive environment and help build self-confidence in young girls.

Don Allen  Has been the musical director of the Burlington Teen Tour Band for many decades and is now the director of Burlington Concert Band.

Derek Baranowski: For dedicating his time to promote charity work put on by firefighters in the area.

Dorothy Borovich: For her role in developing, organization and delivering Youthfest, a program connecting youth to a life of volunteerism.

Rev. William Bond: Serves the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 as padre, and worked for many years to help veterans and their families.

Kevin Brady: Received Burlington’s Philanthropist of the Year award and has helped more than 40 local charities, as well as taken the leadership role in fundraising for the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital redevelopment project.

David Anthony Brennan: Mr. Brennan is an Officer Cadet with the Burlington Army Cadets. He is noted for his work with youth and with the Royal Canadian Legion

Rick Burgess: For the work he has done in Burlington’s arts and culture sector in addition to his work with the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

Teresa Cascioli: Credited for turning Lakeport Brewery into the third largest brewery in Ontario. She is also a philanthropist and supporter of St. Joseph’s Healthcare who now works as an adviser for KPMG.

Commissioner Dudley Coles: Attended the Queen’s inauguration as a representative of Canada while working for Canada House 60 years ago. As an Officer of the Salvation Army, he has worked around the world to help the less fortunate. This year he attended the Jubilee in June 2012.

Julie Davey: Provided grief support to parents, more than 25 years of being a volunteer, as well as the director of Bereaved Families of Ontario, Hamilton-Burlington.

Thomas Dykes: Mr. Dykes is honoured the positive impact he has had working with youth at the local, regional, national and international level and for his efforts promoting awareness of Canada’s Naval History.

David Estok: The former editor-in-chief of the Hamilton Spectator, he now works as vice president of communications at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Ron Foxcroft: Was inducted into the Burlington Business Hall of Fame in 2011 and is famous for the Fox 40 Pealess Whistle. He is chairman of the Foxcroft Group of Companies, Fluke Transportation Ltd., Fox 40 International and Foxcroft Capital Corp.

Andy Frame: Worked behind the scenes for Drury Lane Theater, president of the Canadian Club of Burlington.

Barbara Frensch: Member of BurlingtonGreen, was a key element in expanding the group’s role in the local environment.

Joanne Gardiner: Is an active volunteer with Halton Food for Thought. As well as holding a leadership role in the organization, she helps to provide breakfasts and lunch programs in elementary and high schools throughout the Halton region.

Joelle Goddard-Cooling: Key role in revitalization of Burlington Downtown as a member of the Board of Directors for Downtown Burlington.

Elizabeth Grandbois: For battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for the past 15 years and more importantly been a champion at raising funds to find a cure for ALS.

Wendy Hagar:  Began Sew on Fire Ministries over 12 years ago, and has sent over 300,000  gift bags and items to humanitarian aid groups and the disadvantaged in Canada and 92 other countries around the world.

Jim Holmes: Driving force behind the “We Remember” project that is helping to bring veterans and youth together.

Ancilla Ho-Young: A volunteer with Caribbean Connection, also helping to add to the multicultural mosaic of the city.

Jane Irwin:  A lead authority and researcher of Burlington’s Built Heritage who has preserved and enhanced public knowledge of Burlington’s history.

Cam Jackson:  A former city mayor, who was appreciated for his work during his term as well as his activity in the community before and after serving in office.

Bev Jacobs:  Volunteers for a multitude of groups, most specifically for breast cancer events and organizations.

Doug Leggat:  An auto dealer chosen as Burlington’s philanthropist of the year in 2011. He has a history of personal and corporate giving to many corporations, including the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital.

Bill Line:  A business man, appreciated for giving to hundreds of charitable causes each year.

Matt MacPherson:  President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 is credited for his significant impact on the sustainability and initiated change within the branch.

Rosemary Marsh:  Credited for her co-owner of Business Insurance Services, and chair of Banyon Community Service. She also lives in Burlington.

Jim Matz:  Worked to connect Burlington Youth with partner cities in the United States, and has played a crucial role as the Leader of the Burlington International Games (BIG). For many years, he led in the relationship with Burlington’s sister city Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Rosemarie Maurice:  Founded the Burlington Footnotes Seniors Dance Troup, more than 15 years ago and built its membership from six to more than 100 people.

Rob McIsaac:  Awarded for his activity in the community before and after he was in office as a former city mayor.

Don McMillan: A local voice at TVCogeco for 43 years. He worked as a volunteer commentator providing an outlook on all aspects of life in the area.

Walter Mulkewich:  A former city mayor, appreciated for activity in community before and after serving in office as well as his political career.

Rainer Noack:  Founder and visionary of the Burlington Student Theatre and K.W. Irmisch Art Person of the Year.

Sandra O’Reilly:  Run director of CIBC Run for the Cure and sits on a variety of charitable boards.

Angelo Paletta:  Angelo and the Paletta family were honoured with contributing to such facilities as the Tansley Woods Community Centre and Habitat for Humanity Halton.

Karen Phelps:  Chair of Warwick Surrey Community Association and volunteered for many years. She has a vast understanding of the unique aspects of a high-density neighbourhood.

Reg Pollard:  Owner of Pollard Windows, he has had a long career in the family business. He was enshrined in the Burlington Business Hall of Fame in 2012 and has provided funds to the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Dr. William Procter:  Dr. Procter has been a family physician in Burlington for 50 years, and was instrumental in the founding of the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital.

Mark Runciman:  The chief executive officer of the Royal Botanical Gardens, one of Canada’s largest plant sanctuaries.

Joyce Savoline:  Served as Halton Regional chair and Burlington MPP, as well as being an advocate for the people of Burlington and region.

Constable Drew Scott:  A constable of the Halton Regional Police has been awarded for his service to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The program teaches more than 6,000 youth in Halton each year about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and how to make positive choices.

Don Smith: Worked on health care and other issues affecting seniors.

Winnifred Stewart:  Focused on Burlington’s history for 35 years as a volunteer with the Museums of Burlington.

Keith Strong:  Sought challenging projects, and played an important role in the development of Youthfest and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Margie Swire:  Volunteered for the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital since its opening in 1961 by doing a number of important jobs.

John Tait: Served many years leading the Burlington Eagles Rep Hockey program and performing endless hours of volunteer work.

John Taylor:  Mr.  Taylor is Burlington’s longest-serving councillor, representing Ward 3 since December 1988. Serving Brant Hills, Mountainside, Kilbride and rural communities west of Walker’s Line, he is now in his eighth term on City Council.

Joan Tomblin: For leadership in planning and implementing the annual MS walk, helping raise more than $1 million for research and support of those with MS.

Jack Van der Laan:  Developed the successful Netherland-Burlington Friendship Days.

Joe Veitch:  Initiated “Breakfast at the Bistro” at the Burlington Seniors Centre and worked with seniors for many years.

Mike Vencel:  Has helped with the veteran community by ensuring the veterans’ events are put on in a dignified and respectful manor.

Priscilla de Villiers, M.S.M.:  For her leadership in helping victims of crime, and for her research on restorative justice in Ontario.

Mina Wahidi:  Founded the Compassion Society, touching lives of more than 5,000 people who need her caring and generous spirit.

Ryan Wheatley:  Chair of the Firefighters Benevolent Committee.

Fred Whiskin:  With Scouts Canada since 1930, a place where he continues to give support.



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