Recipients of the Diamond Jubilee in Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca

Randall Garrison presented 30 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals over the Victoria Day long weekend to community members in Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca that have made significant contributions to their community and to Canada.

The medal recipients were nominated by fellow community members and recommended to Garrison by a small committee of community volunteers. The list of the recipients and their achievements is below.

Recipients at Esquimalt Ceremony

Chief Robert Sam        Chief Songhees First Nation

Chief Andy Thomas       Chief Esquimalt Nation

Don R. L   Brown Retired S/Sgt -40 year RCMP officer.   Former School Trustee.  Former Westshore Kinsmen and Rotary club member.  Coach and participant in multiple local sports clubs and organizations

John Ducker     Victoria Deputy Chief of Police – 33 year career.  Project manager for Victoria – Esquimalt police amalgamation.  First West Division (Esquimalt) Officer commander.   Champion of integrated police and community projects.  Member of Order of Merit for Police Forces by Governor General of Canada

Jeneece Edroff   Youth.  Health fundraiser and activist.  Outstanding generosity and insatiable urge to help others despite ongoing personal health issues.   Famous for her “penny drive” for Variety Children’s charity.  Driving force behind Jeneece Place –  the recently opened Victoria home away from home for parents of sick kids.

Derek Egan      Former  Chief Constable Saanich Police and Oak Bay Police.  Strong and tireless advocate for community based policing.  Also active in regional, BC and Canadian Associations of Police Chiefs.  Officer of the Order of Merit of Police Forces.  Multiple ongoing community volunteer activities.

Linda Hansen    Community volunteer and equality of women activist.  Advocate for military families and wives.   Founder with late husband of Retired Warrant Officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers Club.  Volunteer for countless  community activities.

Fred Kirke      33 year Canadian Forces Veteran.   Ongoing veteran’s advocate  with Chief and Petty Officers’ Association.  Community volunteer, 26 years in Shriners Clown Unit.

Ronald MacIsaac Long time lawyer specializing in environmental and equal rights law.  First President of Together Against Poverty Society(TAPS), interested in Feminist issues.  Co-founded BC Trial Lawyers Association

Thomas Martin   Small business owner and community volunteer.  Veteran. Rotary Club, Hockey scout and Minor Hockey Association Executive,  Boys and Girls Club of Victoria supporter.  Multiple other volunteer works.

Darryl McLean   Recently retired Inspector Victoria Police who had a long and distinguished career.  Wwith distinction and professionalism  he also served Esquimalt as West Division leader – building sense of community between Vic PD and Esquimalt residents and businesses.

Betty Paquette   5000+ volunteer hours  with Westshore Adult Day Program. Military wife and mother, Girl Gude leader.

Laila Pires     30 year leadership role with Victoria Filipino Canadian Association – currently President.  Church and community volunteer including Friends of Migrant Workers.

John Radley     90 year old WW 11 and Korea Vet with 50 years of volunteer contributions.  Over the years active with Esquimalt, Esquimalt High scholarships, Victoria Minor Lacrosse. Active still in Esquimalt Legion and Korea Veteran’s Association


Roxanne Rees    Long time local and international volunteer for vets, women’s rights and girls at risk.  One of first female graduates of the Royal Military College.  Supporter of Woodwynn Farm, Boomers Legacy, Victoria AM and many other local charities.

Sherri Robinson Esquimalt activist, historian and 100th Anniversary celebration leader.  She has a passion for Esquimalt that she has for years exemplified by her devoted volunteer service to her community.

Betty Spry      Long time volunteer with Vets in community and at Lodge at Broadmead.  Her work enhanced the quality of life for all Broadmead Lodge residents over many years .


Recipients at Sooke Ceremony

Chief Russell Chips             Chief Beecher Bay First Nation

Chief Marvin McClurg            Chief Pacheedaht First Nation

Chief Gordon Planes             Chief T’Souke First Nation

Chelsea Kuzman   Port Renfrew Volunteer Fire Chief at age 20.  Leads by example and is respected and admired for her leadership and skills as Chief.   Youth.

Bill Meikle     Founding member Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue.  Still monitors radios and phone calls to JdF SAR from his home.

Elida Peers     Long serving volunteer, historian and curator Sooke Regional Museum.  A lifetime of community commitment, volunteerism and leadership.  Supports multiple Sooke organizations and agencies.

William (Bill) J.  Stephenson   Record breaking 62 year service to Sooke Fire Rescue.  Volunteer, Chief, mentor, and leader of  Sooke Fire through out those 6 decades of service.

Maywell Wickeim Sooke volunteer with San Juan Ridge trail, T’Souke First Nation and  numerous other community organizations up and down Vancouver Island.  Family creed:  “Give what you can, and take only what you need.”


Vickie Weber     Founding member of Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue.  Long term supporter and volunteer in developing Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue

John Wilson       Long time Sooke Community Volunteer and activist.