On Monday, November 19, three members of the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough family were honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for their long and impressive records of service. They are Bobbi Jean White, who, in her 5 years as Board President, used her accounting background to improve the Club’s financial management and efficiency; and Janice Simmons, Manager of Early Years Services, and Robin Lister, Manager of Special Needs and Volunteer Services, who have each been with us for two decades, giving their tireless time and effort to delivering those services which are the reason we exist.
The Hon. Reverend Don Meredith, Senator of Ontario was on hand to present the awards, and delivered a stirring speech about the need to engage, encourage, and empower our country’s youth. Also speaking were ESBGC Executive Director, Ron Rock, and ESBGC Board President, James Cooper.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is awarded on the basis of outstanding service to one’s community, province, and country. In 2012 60,000 Canadians will receive this medal in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary as our head of state. The medal honours the contributions of citizens who go above and beyond what is expected of them to better the lives of those around them. The Diamond jubilee medal celebrates the deep ties between Canada and the Monarchy, while providing a means to honour some of Canada’s most influential and commendable citizens. The goal is to honour those who have made contributions to their region in a variety of different fields, and in so doing, inspire others in their attempts to make the world a better place.