Ken Herar given Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Eleven Mission and one Maple Ridge resident were presented
the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals this past Saturday
by Pitt Meadow-Maple Ridge-Mission Member of Parliament
Randy Kamp at the Cedarbrooke Chateau in Mission.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created to
mark the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen
Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to
honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time,
it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by
The following names were called to receive their medals: Dr. Marco
Terwiel from Maple Ridge, Claire Clemo, Amanda Peebles, Leslie Reed,
Sgt. Bob Reed, Dave Bryant, Don Lobb, Cal Crawford, Ken Herar, Vir
Singh Pannu and Sherry Edmunds-Flett were all recognized for their
service to Mission. Recipient Fred Clarke of Mission was absent from
the event.”

Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge- Mission Member of Parliament Randy Kamp
presents Ken Herar with Queen’s Diamond Jubliee medal on Nov 3rd.

“All of the recipients have stood out … as great examples of
dedication and service to others. By their consistent commitment to
the community, these recipients have made their community a better
place to live,” said a press release from Kamp’s office.
Edmunds-Flett said, “ I feel humbled to receive the medal. Glen and I
are proud of the contributions that the LINC Society has made and of
the community we live in that allows us to do so. The medal to me
reflects the diversity that makes me proud to be a Canadian.”
Dr. Terwiel said, “ I work to my best of my ability both for
individual patients and health care to improve both. It is a good
feeling when others appreciate your efforts to create a better
society. All the recipients have this particular approach to life.”
Myself, I am definitely humbled to receive this recognition. It caught
me totally off guard when I received the phone call a few weeks ago.
My involvement and efforts have never been about medals or awards. I
have always enjoyed working with people towards the common good of our
community and nation. Life is about choices and what we choose to
represent and the legacy we leave behind. Cultural diversity is
Canada’s greatest strength and it’s not only celebrating differences;
it’s actually about building relationships and that should remain our
primary focus. I have met some inspiring people like Cycling4Diversity
Co-founder and Executive Coordinator Sarina Di Martino Derksen who
have remained passionate about this initiative and it’s with
individuals like her that real and longterm differences can become a
reality. There is a lifetime responsibility that comes with this
recognition and is something that I am committed too
I jotted a few lines down before the ceremony and here is what I wrote
to share. “Life is about opportunities and sometime it’s in the hands
of someone that can open or close it. I encourage everyone here to be
that window of opportunity because sometimes that’s all it takes in
making a difference.