Residents receive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals
Ten residents of Mississauga South were presented with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals during a special ceremony last night that was jointly hosted by Conservative MP Stella Ambler and Liberal MPP Charles Sousa.
“I cannot think of a better way to celebrate and honour Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s incredible service to Canada and all Canadians, than by recognizing these remarkable members of the community,” said Ambler. “By awarding the Diamond Jubilee Medal to these individuals, we are demonstrating our deepest appreciation for their commitment and service to our community and our country.”
Two senior citizens who are former mayors were among the recipients.
Ron Searle, who will turn 93 on July 19, was a councillor for more than a decade before being elected mayor of Mississauga in 1976.
Joe Mavrinac, who served as mayor of Kirkland Lake from 1979-97 and now lives in Port Credit, also received a medal.
The other recipients included Waterfront Festival founder Pat Anderson, community activist and bakery owner John Bozzo, Harp pub owner Tommy Donnelly, developer Frank Giannone of FRAM, former town of Port Credit councillor John Holland, Sandra Smale of the grassroots organization Lakeshore Corridor Community Team, 2012 Mississauga Citizen of the Year Dorothy Tomiuk and Dr. Boyd Upper, an environmental activist who helped lead the fight against two proposed gas plants near Clarkson.
“I am proud to recognize and join in the celebration of 10 outstanding members of our community,” MPP Sousa said. “They are being honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorating Her Majesty the Queen’s 60 year reign and lifetime of dedicated service to our country. I congratulate and thank the extraordinary contributions of our award recipients whose dedication and commitment make Ontario and Canada a better place to live.”
Some 60,000 citizens across Canada are receiving Diamond Jubilee Medals.
The Mississauga News (June 27, 2012)