On July 25, 2017, young Alberta leaders from across the province received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal in a special Edmonton ceremony hosted by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell.
The medal recognizes the recipients’ volunteerism and leadership within their communities and schools. The medal program is jointly administered by Alberta Culture and Tourism and Alberta Advanced Education.
“These thoughtful and hardworking young leaders offer great examples of the power of giving back. They remind us that we all can play a role in making our communities stronger, healthier and more compassionate places. They’ve already accomplished a great deal and I trust that their dedication to active citizenship will continue to serve them well in the future.” Her Honour the Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
“These eight students are truly inspirational. From raising awareness about critical issues to actively fundraising to support their causes, these young Albertans are visionaries. They worked tirelessly to make positive, empowering change and to ensure that the voice of youth is heard. We could not be more proud of their efforts and wish then all the best in their lives and future endeavours.” Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism
The medal is awarded annually to eight Alberta students. The 2016 recipients are:
Emily Vilcsak was volunteering in Mexico and unable to attend so her father accepted the medal on her behalf. Chu Qian (Susan) Li and Andrew Min were pursuing their studies and were also unable to attend the Edmonton ceremony. They received their medals from Her Honour during a visit to McDougall Centre in Calgary on August 24.
The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal and the Premier’s Citizenship Award were established in 2002 to mark the 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Medal recipients are selected from among the Alberta high school students who receive the Premier’s citizenship award that year. Medal recipients are chosen by a selection committee of Albertans who are themselves outstanding citizens, volunteers and community members.