Dozens of people gathered in Humboldt to celebrate those who work, volunteer and give of themselves in area communities for the betterment of others. The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals were awarded to such people living within the Humboldt-Lanigan and Batoche Constituencies. The Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan was on hand for the presentations, along with Humboldt-Watrous MLA Donna Harpauer and Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch. Constituency assistant Susan Dunne was MC for the event.
Lieutenant Governor Mirasty reflected on the remarkable 70 years of service devoted by her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth to her country, the Commonwealth, and the people. He explained that in honour of that remarkable and outstanding service, the province had chosen to celebrate her reign with the awarding of 7,000 medals to individuals who exemplified that kind of dedicated service.
“Canada has awarded medals as part of Royal celebrations for over 125 years, since Queen Victoria’s reign. Medals were awarded for the Queen’s coronation and the major anniversary years following. Previously, Jubilee Medals were issued and awarded nationally. This is the first time in Canadian history that a royal occasion has been commemorated with a provincial medal.”
MLA and Deputy Premier Harpauer spoke about the drive behind the commitment to volunteer and serve, and the importance of that service to communities, the province and the country.
“It’s that passion, that concern for others and for your community, that has set you apart. It’s people such as those in the room that make for a compassionate society.”
MLA Delbert Kirsch addressed his constituents and all the attendees.
“You are the people who, maybe unknowingly, build this province. It’s people like you who have taken this province from what it was to what it is now. We are Saskatchewan.”
The recipients lined up in the Salem Room at the Bella Vista in a celebratory mood. It was a line of community luminaries, all of whom were recognized by those in their respective regions for their unique attributes, skills, or gifts. The common thread among them all was a steadfast sense of responsibility toward others and the drive to pursue their visions of supporting their communities and their own constituents. Recipients of the medals were: