Feb 6, 2012 / 11:05 am
The Executive Director of Kelowna's Community Food Bank is one of the first 60 recipients of the newly created Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The medal honours the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.
Vonnie Lavers and 59 other distinguished Canadians were presented with the medals by Governor General david Johnston and Prime Minister Harper.
The ceremony took place Monday morning in Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General.
Lavers was cited "For her commitment to providing healthy food to families in need."
She is one of eight British Columbians to receive the award.
Other notable recipients Monday included Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox and Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau.
During the year, 60,000 Canadians will receive the honour.
In order to be eligible for this honour, a person must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada
- Have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada
- Be alive on February 6th, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date.
Read more Kelowna News
City of Kelowna
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Central Okanagan Regional District
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
- Liberal triumph good for business May 15
- Mission Creek flood watch lifted May 14
- Paving coming to a road near you May 14
- Two-wheel transportation turns the tide May 14
- Capital spending may top $500M by 2020 May 14
- Kelowna Council highlights May 13
- Water Quality Advisory - Black Mountain May 13
- May Day parade set for Saturday May 13
- Flood Watch May 13
- Week in Review May 12