Diamond Jubilee medal recipients

Peninsula and Gulf Islands residents honoured for community service

Sidney’s Karren Crowley accepts the Town of Sidney’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal on Sept. 23

Sidney’s Karren Crowley accepts the Town of Sidney’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal on Sept. 23

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

Kenneth Curry

Helen M. Evans

Dr. Mary Hapgood

Michael Heppell

Brendan L’Heureux

Alvin Donald Huffman

Cynthia Robinson

Danny Daniels

Lieutenant-Commander Gerry Pash

Jill M. Wheaton

Bob Peart

Kenny Podmore

Captain Harry Rice (Ret.)

Gladys Otto

Betty Wilson

Edward Russell Murphy

Elizabeth Joan Sparling

Karen Anne Morgan

Patrick Lane

Captain Denis Pettigrew

Richard Murakami

Petty Officer Second Class (Ret.)

Bobby Collins

Cyril Francis Lambert

Constable Luc Beauvais

Margaret Irene McDonald

Christine Hunt

Richard Yoshio Nakamura

Lynda Farmer

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