Recipients of the Diamond Jubilee in Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca
May 22nd, 2012 - 11:34pm
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.