Thirty residents from in and around the Peninsula and the Gulf Islands were honoured Thursday, Sept. 13 during a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony at the Mary Winspear Centre.
The event was held at the Bodine Hall in the Centre and saw the recipients receive their medals from MP Elizabeth May. These 30 hard working people were the recipient of the award that marks 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
Anna Isabelle Allen
Arthur Edgar Bernhoff
Helen M. Evans
Dr. Mary Hapgood
Alvin Donald Huffman
Lieutenant-Commander Gerry Pash
Jill M. Wheaton
Captain Harry Rice (Ret.)
Edward Russell Murphy
Elizabeth Joan Sparling
Karen Anne Morgan
Captain Denis Pettigrew
Petty Officer Second Class (Ret.)
Cyril Francis Lambert
Constable Luc Beauvais
Margaret Irene McDonald
Richard Yoshio Nakamura
In a seperate ceremony during the Town of Sidney’s 60th anniversary of incorporation as a village on Sept. 23, the municipality honoured Karren Crowley for her long-time service to the community.
Crowley, said town councillor Steve Price during the event, worked most of her life to help people with low or no vision.
“She, in 1992, began the Sidney and District White Cane Club,” said Price. “She is a longtime member on the advisory committee for the disabled. She has been a great influence in making Sidney a leading community in B.C. for accessibility.”
Crowley, Price continued, has also belonged to the Friends of the Library group, bringing literature to people with impaired vision.
Crowley runs the hospitality room during the town criers’ visits to the area, and acts as a judge in their competition.
“It’s hard to put it into works, my head’s been spinning for quite a while,” Crowley said, thanking the volunteers who have helped her over the years.
“Nothing could have happened without all you volunteers,” she said.
“Thank you to my family and friends for guiding me, keeping me out of harm’s way.”
— with files from Steven Heywood