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Food Banks Canada Announces its Recipients for the Diamond Jubilee Medal

Food Banks Canada Announces its Recipients for the Diamond Jubilee Medal

Thirty-three individuals across Canada to receive recognition for their work in food banking

The Board of Directors of Food Banks Canada is honoured to announce its 33 recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals. These individuals were chosen because of the significant impact they have made in the food banking community. These medals are bestowed in recognition of the Queen's 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals are being awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada.

"We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to recognize and honour the heart and soul of the food bank community,” says Robin Garret Food Banks Canada Chair. “These are truly distinguished men and women and they deserve to be recognized by their peers."

Food Banks Canada, the national organization representing food banks and addressing hunger in Canada, was selected by His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to be a partner among a select group of non-governmental organizations in awarding 33 medals to recognize the volunteers and employees of food banks who have built and continue to build a caring society and country through their service, contributions and achievements. The individuals recognized by Food Banks Canada were nominated by the public and are from every region in the country. Each community will be hosting ceremonies for their local recipients to honour their contribution and award them the medal in front of their friends, families and colleagues.

“The individuals selected for the Diamond Jubilee award are outstanding leaders in their communities,” says Wanda Drodge, Member Council representative at Food Banks Canada. “They have gone truly above and beyond the call of duty and have given back to their communities by helping thousands of Canadians in need.”

Pat Graham Olds AB Mountain View Food Bank Society
Shiraz Haji Calgary AB Calgary Interfaith Food Bank
Thelma Henry Calgary AB Calgary Interfaith Food Bank
Deb Billwiller Grand Forks BC Boundary Food Bank Society
Robert Hicks Forest Grove BC 100 Mile House Food Bank
Christine Simmons Penticton BC Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank
Beverley Elder Sidney BC Sidney Lions Food Bank
Gwen Nelson Mount Currie BC Sea to Sky Community Services
Kathryn Molloy Gabriola Island BC People for a Healthy Community on Gabriola Island
Ann Ledwich Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Harvest
Garth Buchko Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Harvest
Marla Somersall Brandon MB Samaritan House Ministries Inc.
Rhoda Kernested Teulon MB Teulon & District Food Bank
Larry McIntosh Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Harvest
John Graham Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Harvest
Marie Corkery Saint John NB North End Food Bank
Douglas Furey Cupids NL The Community Food Sharing Association
Dianne Swinemar Halifax NS FEED NOVA SCOTIA
Dave Kranenburg Toronto ON Meal Exchange
Dennis Bray Niagara Falls ON Project SHARE
June Muir Windsor ON Windsor Essex Food Bank Association
Richard Kennard Toronto ON North York Harvest
Vivian Johnston Cobalt ON Cobalt, Coleman, Latchford & Area Food Bank
Charles Packer Deep River ON Deep River and Area Food Bank
George Leger Cobourg ON Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks
Roberta Sommerville Lindsay ON Kawartha Lakes Food Source
Agnes Ward Trenton ON Care Share Food Bank
Monique Trépanier Trois-Rivières QC Moisson Mauricie
Zakary Rhissa Montréal QC Banques alimentaires Québec
Norman Dunn Granby QC SOS Dépanage Granby et Région inc.
Linda Guedo Saskatoon SK Saskatoon Food Bank
Bill Hall North Battleford SK Battlefords District Food & Resource Centre
Elaine Chalifoux Whitehorse YT Food Bank Society of Whitehorse

Congratulations to all the award recipients.

About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. Our Members, Affiliate Member food banks, and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. Our mission is to meet the short-term need for food and find long-term solutions to reduce hunger.

About the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

A 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.

Media contact:
Marzena Gersho
Food Banks Canada
647-242-5919 (mobile) or
(416) 203-9241 ext. 228 (office)
[email protected]

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