OTTAWA – “I just want to thank everyone who has already submitted a nomination, and encourage anyone else who is interested to fill out a Jubilee Medal nomination form before May 18th, 2012,” explained Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright. “As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, 60,000 Medals (many of which will be presented to members of the Canadian Forces) will be given to outstanding Canadians who have added to the country through their service, contributions and achievements. Each Member of Parliament has been allocated 30 medals for distribution within their ridings and I am requesting your input in the effort to choose worthy recipients from this constituency.”
“It is an honour to have the opportunity to once again participate in the Queen’s Jubilee Medal Program,” said Benoit. “It is an opportunity to pay tribute to those who make our country great.”
Benoit explains that, to be eligible, recipients must:
- be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of Canada (although not necessarily residing in Canada at the time of awarding);
- have made a significant contribution to Canada or to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or have made an outstanding achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and
- have been alive on February 6, 2012, the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne.
Benoit has contacted groups and organizations throughout the constituency over the past three months, and appreciates the response he has received to date. After the May 18th deadline, a Committee will review the nominations – based on the guidelines provided – and choose 30 recipients.
Nominations forms (along with the nominator’s full name and a contact number) can be mailed: Leon Benoit MP, care of Vegreville-Wainwright Jubilee Medal Selection Committee, P.O. Box 300, Mannville, Alberta, T0B 2W0, emailed firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (780) 763-6132, as soon as possible. A short statement, or a brief summary of your candidates’ achievements (40 words) must be provided, along with the following information about the nominee*:
- full name
- rank and title
- home address
- telephone number
- short statement explaining the reason for the nomination
- photo (optional)
More information, including nomination forms, is available at www.leonbenoit.ca.
“Please take the time to consider who has made a difference in your community, and send in a nomination, or more than one,” urges Benoit. “It is a wonderful opportunity to honour those among us whose efforts make, or have made, our province and our country stronger.”
* NOTE: The medal is to be awarded to individuals only, no group or couple nominations will be accepted.