Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Medals for Cattleman

Our family or at least me and the girls are followers of the Monarch.  We have watched the Royal weddings and funerals.  Crystal during her internship with the Calgary Stampede helped plan the visit of Prince Edward.  I like that we belong to the Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II began her reign on Feb. 6, 1952. She is celebrating her 60th Anniversary and Diamond Jubilee. 

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal — one of a series of national celebratory gestures to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascent to the throne — was awarded to 60 Canadians Monday at Rideau Hall, 60 years to the day after the Queen began her reign. The medals were awarded to Canadians who have devoted themselves to the well-being of family, community and country.  The Agriculture community was well represented yesterday.

The medal presentation and other events will kick-start a year of celebrations in Canada and around the world to honour the Queen’s six decades on the throne, with a planned Thames River pageant in London in June — involving up to 1,000 elaborately decorated ships in a regal flotilla — expected to be the main jubilee show-stopper.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston presented the medals to the 60 recipients.

“Today, we once again affirm our bond with the Crown, which helps us to define our country and what it means to be Canadian,” Johnston said at the beginning of the ceremony.
Harper, in a speech following Johnston’s, thanked the Queen for a lifetime of devotion. The Diamond Jubilee Medal is meant to recognize thousands of Canadians for selfless devotion to their citizens and country, Harper said. A total of 60,000 medals will be given to Canadians throughout the year. 

David A. Chalack – Balzac, Alberta
For his contributions to the field of animal care and to the success of the Calgary Stampede.  Chalack, immediate past chairman of the board for the Stampede, even got a personal nod from Harper. “He said, ‘My goodness, David, I barely recognized you without your (cowboy) hat on,’” said Chalack. “I feel very fortunate to be selected — it’s a real honour to be a Calgarians here in Ottawa representing what’s important to Southern Albertans.

Travis Toews – Beaverlodge, Alberta
For his dedication to the field of agriculture, and for his support for farmers and cattlemen.

Congratulations to two very well deserving Albertan's.  You represent our province, and industry very well.  We're proud to call you a part of our family.

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