Several months ago, I became aware that the City of Parksville was accepting nominations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, with a deadline for submission July 13, 2012.
The criterion stated that nominees should be exceptional Canadians who, like our Queen, had made longtime contributions to their community.
Like many others, I submitted the name of an exceptionally hard working volunteer in Parksville who for many years has enriched the lives of others in our community yet has never been recognized publicly.
For her, this would have been a special honor.
The recipient was to be chosen by Parksville City Council.
This week, I learned than an already medal adorned athlete had received a deserved reception by the city at which time she was presented with a key to the city as well as (afterthought?) the Queen’s Jubilee medal. I certainly agree that we should be proud of her accomplishments on the world stage and that her triumph over adversity is an inspiration. I would, however, like the other worthy nominees to be recognized in some way.
Bernice E. Hathaway