Distinguished Edmontonians recognized with Queen's medal

Alberta leaders from Edmonton and area were honoured today with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their outstanding service and citizenship.

His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell and Her Honour Linda Ethell hosted the ceremony at Government Centre for 24 recipients and their guests.

“These medals are a way to thank the great citizens among us and they also are a reminder of the tremendous spirit of service that has long defined the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” said Lieutenant Governor Ethell. “Today’s recipients have made important contributions to the quality of life we are privileged to enjoy and I trust that their work will continue to serve and inspire their fellow Albertans now and in the future.”

Medal recipients included Members and Officers of the Order of Canada who are leaders in areas such as medicine, science and technology, sports, business, arts and culture. Members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces were also honoured. A list of recipients is attached.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is a national honour, recognizes citizens of all ages and walks of life who have made significant contributions to their communities. The medals are being presented at ceremonies across the province, hosted by the Lieutenant Governor and other dignitaries, public bodies and organizations taking part in the program.

Information about the Diamond Jubilee is at Alberta.ca/diamondjubilee.cfm. Albertans are also invited to visit the website to send messages of congratulations to Her Majesty.

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Attachment: Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal - July 9, 2012, Edmonton, Alberta

Media inquiries, contact:
Janet Resta
Communications Officer, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
780-427-9222

 

Backgrounder

Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal -July 9, 2012, Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Lorne Babiuk (Edmonton)
Lorne Babiuk is a world expert in infectious diseases and their control and has been instrumental in developing many innovative, lifesaving vaccines that have improved public health around the world. His current contributions include service as Vice-President of Research at the University of Alberta. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Lyle Best (Edmonton)
Lyle Best is an entrepreneur and corporate leader who offers a powerful model of community spirit and social responsibility. He has provided leadership to charitable, sports and community organizations such as the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, Kids with Cancer, the University of Alberta and Junior Achievement. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Master Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Leo Boyd (Edmonton)
Leo Boyd is a retired member of the Canadian Army who offered distinguished service across Canada and as a Peacekeeper in Cyprus and the Golan Heights. His contributions as a volunteer include his work to serve veterans as Treasurer, Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association. 

Donald Clarke (Edmonton)
Don Clarke is a dedicated volunteer who has devoted considerable energy to giving back. He has served many charitable and non-profit organizations, including the Edmonton Klondike Days Association, the Council for Canadian Unity, the Edmonton International Baseball Foundation and the Kids Kottage Foundation. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Bill Comrie
Bill Comrie is known for both his entrepreneurial skills and his commitment to giving back. He has led fundraising for the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and has also supported organizations such as the BC Lions Football Club, Sport Central and the Super Novice Hockey Tournament. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Ollie Currie (Edmonton)
Ollie Currie has been a guiding force in competitive swimming in Canada for more than 35 years. She has volunteered countless hours as manager of Canadian swim teams, including at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is highly regarded as a mentor to athletes, coaches and administrators. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Adriana Davies (Edmonton)
Adriana Davies has been an effective champion of Alberta's heritage. She was instrumental in developing a framework, now modeled nationally, that enables museums to strive for excellence. She’s also helped to make heritage more accessible to the public through contributions to projects such as the Alberta Online Encyclopedia and Virtual Museum of Canada. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Brian Evans (Edmonton)
Brian Evans is a respected scholar of East Asian Studies and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta who has worked to foster greater understanding among the world's peoples. His passion for China studies has benefited generations of students and his commitment to service has benefitted many community organizations. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Captain Kelly Jensen (Edson)
Kelly Jensen is a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre, Canadian Forces Reserves. He holds an Award of Excellence for his work with Air Cadets and is a member of the Yellowhead County public service and a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Captain Joseph Jorgensen (Cold Lake)
Joe Jorgensen’s 14 years of service include current duties with the Royal Canadian Air Force at 4 Wing Cold Lake, with the Royal Canadian Navy and as a reservist. He is an active community volunteer and serves as a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Dr. Cyril Kay (Edmonton)
Cyril Kay is a pioneer in biochemistry and a noted specialist in the structure and function of proteins. He has played a crucial role in fostering collaboration among fellow biochemists, helped to shape the direction of health research in Alberta and provided leadership to the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Captain George Kuhse (Edmonton)
George Kuhse’s contributions include 37 years of service with 20 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery and a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to five Lieutenant Governors of Alberta. He also serves the community through organizations such as the Canadian Club of Edmonton and Habitat for Humanity.

Mary LeMessurier (Edmonton)
Mary LeMessurier is former Minister of Culture and was among the first five women to serve in Cabinet in Alberta. She worked tirelessly to promote Alberta arts and culture and went on to serve as Agent General for Alberta in the United Kingdom. She has also helped organizations such as Save the Children Fund and the Edmonton Opera Association. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Jacob Masliyah (Edmonton)
Jacob Masliyah is Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Materials engineering at the University of Alberta and a key contributor to the technological and scientific advancement of the energy industry. His work includes important research into the complex interactions between oil, water and sand particles to improve oil recovery from Alberta's oil sands. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Arliss Miller (Edmonton)
Arliss Miller has been an ardent and longstanding supporter of the arts in Alberta as well as a booster of numerous community endeavours. Her lifetime of volunteer service includes contributions to the Citadel Theatre the Francis Winspear Centre for Music and the National Theatre School of Canada. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Louise Miller (Edmonton)
Louise Miller’s extensive service on behalf of people with disabilities includes contributions as co-founder of the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society. She has worked tirelessly to raise funds for research, counsel people with disabilities and remove barriers to mobility. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Dr. Thomas Noseworthy (Edmonton)
Tom Noseworthy is a leading authority in public health care policy who has been a valued advisor to public and governmental bodies for more than 20 years. He has helped to develop national strategies and served as founding director of Canadian Doctors for Medicare as well as chair of the Western Canada Waiting List Project. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

(Charles) Thomas Peacocke (Edmonton)
Thomas Peacocke is a celebrated actor of stage, film and television and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. He helped the U of A drama department to become one of the best in the country, has contributed greatly to the development of Canadian actors and playwrights and has been an active supporter of the wider arts community. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Captain John Riswold (Edmonton)
John Riswold is a 30-year veteran of the Canadian Forces who has served the Crown in a range of capacities and has received Commanders Commendations for exemplary service. He has been a volunteer Aide-de-Camp to two Lieutenant Governors of Alberta.

Dr. Charlene Robertson (Edmonton)
Charlene Robertson is a leader in the field of neonatal and pediatric intensive care research. A Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, she has been instrumental in developing programs such as the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, the Western Canadian Complex Pediatric Therapies Follow-up Program, and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Outcomes Unit. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Peter Savaryn (Edmonton)
Peter Savaryn has been instrumental in work to celebrate Ukrainian heritage and promote multiculturalism across Canada. He is a founding member of the Alberta Cultural Heritage Society and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and has contributed to many other organizations. He is also a former Chancellor of the University of Alberta and a Member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Mary Spencer (Edmonton)
Mary Spencer has been a role model for women scientists in Canada for more than 50 years. Professor Emeritus of Plant Science and Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, she has held many leadership roles within federal scientific research organizations and has had a direct impact on policy and program development in Canada. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Shirley Stinson (Edmonton)
Shirley Stinson’s inspirational work has raised the profile of nursing and contributed to improved standards of patient care. Her pioneering efforts to establish nursing research as a respected field of study led to one of the first Masters and Doctoral in Nursing programs in Canada and also served to elevate nursing studies in other countries. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Lorne Tyrrell (Edmonton)
Dr. Lorne Tyrrell’s internationally-recognized contributions to medical research include his pioneering development of an antiviral therapy to treat chronic Hepatitis B. He has also served as a valued teacher and leader at the University of Alberta and as a champion of quality medical care. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

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Media inquiries, contact:
Janet Resta
Communications Officer, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
780-427-9222