The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients

Alton McKibbon was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Alton McKibbon

Cheryl was pleased to present Alton McKibbon with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary of the accession to the Throne on February 6, 1952.

Alton McKibbon is very well known to the people of Eganville and surrounding areas for his involvement and dedication to community service, particularly to the Eganville & District Sportsman’s Club and to the Eganville Snow Drifters Club.

It is an honour to recognize Alton McKibbon for his worthy contributions to his peers, his community and to Canada.


Darrell Mooney is award the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Darrell Mooney

Cheryl, on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada, was honoured to present a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to long-time Horton resident Darrell Mooney.

Darrell Mooney is a well known Ottawa valley resident. He has volunteered and led many events such as the Blue Grass festival in Horton Township. This event showcases local talent with all proceeds donated to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital. Darrell is the current Chairman and fundraiser for the “Healing Garden Hospice Fund” of the Renfrew Victoria Hospital.

It was my pleasure to accept Darrell’s nomination from the community. He has been a member of the musical group “The Countrymen” for nearly fifty years. This group has used its talents to assist others, including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute raise over $180,000 the past 15 years. It is people like Darrell Mooney, who looks for no individual recognition, that make the Upper Ottawa Valley such a wonderful place to live. On behalf of the Government of Canada, thank-you Darrell.


Everyone @ the Band Office for the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan congratulates Chief Kirby Whiteduck on being awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Chief Kirby Whiteduck

Cheryl , on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada, was honoured to present a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Chief Kirby Whiteduck.

Everyone at the Band Office for the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan congratulated Chief Kirby Whiteduck on being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


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Nick Vandergraght

Cheryl was honoured to present a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Killaloe resident Nick Vandergaght.

Nick Vandergaght is a well known CFRA Talk Show Host of the Nick at Night Live News Talk Radio show in Ottawa. His daily vignette “Answering the Call, the story of a Canadian Soldier’s heroic feat” is well recognized amongst his listeners. He invites his audience to share their views on a wide array of topics. Nick is keenly interested in federal, provincial and municipal governments and becomes involved in just and worthy causes.

It was my pleasure to accept Nick’s nomination. Nick cares deeply about his community, and Christian family values. He is a member of the Renfrew County Private Property Owners Association. This group has used its abilities to speak and protect the interests of residents in Rural Canada.


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Joanne Brooks

Cheryl awarded Joanne Brooks the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne.

JoAnne Brooks’ many contributions to Women’s Rights in Renfrew Nipissing Pembroke are renowned. She has dedicated decades of her life toward the safety and protection of women.

JoAnne’s significant accomplishments include; her commitment to social justice issues – especially violence against women and children and in particular survivors of sexual violence;
public education efforts for ‘Take Back The Night’; and advocacy for L.G.B.T. issues.

I was delighted to honour JoAnne today, because of her lifelong advocacy of championing women’s rights. JoAnne’s service to her peers, her community and to her country is evident. I join with her collegues and family to convey our praise and admiration to JoAnne as a true Canadian.


Renfrew Industrial Commission Executive Director, Dave Lemkay, is awarded the QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal on his 66th Birthday!

David Lemkay

Cheryl was honoured to present a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Douglas resident David Lemkay.

David Lemkay is very well known to the people of the Ottawa Valley  for his involvement and dedication to community service. His volunteerism to support just causes speaks to the generosity of his time and abilities.  David’s numerous involvements in forestry, as a member of the Bravo Task force to bring High Speed Internet to Renfrew County; the Olympic Torch Committee; the Renfrew & Area Health Services Village and the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association are some examples of his benevolence.

It is an honour to recognize David Lemkay for his service to Canada and to formally acknowledge his significant contributions and achievements


Dai Bassett

Ottawa Valley entertainer, Dai Bassett, was presented with the QEII Diamond Jubilee medal at Heritage Valley Radio
Cheryl was honoured to present a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Dai Bassett.

Dai Bassett is very well known entertainer to the people of the Ottawa Valley. His familiar voice on Valley Heritage Radio is a delight to many listeners. He cares deeply about people in the Ottawa Valley, and is Master of Ceremonies at many community events. Formerly a farmer from Wales, he is humorous, promotes Renfrew County through Valley Heritage Radio Station, is a volunteer artistic director for Stone Fence Theatre. Frequently the proceeds of his CD’s are donated to benefit our local hospitals.

It is an honour to recognize Dai Bassett for his service to Canada and to acknowledge his generous contributions and accomplishments.


Stan Pecoskie @ New Year's LeveeStanley Pecoskie

Cheryl on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was pleased to present Mr. Stanley Pecoskie with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary of the accession to the Throne on February 6, 1952.

Stanley Pecoskie is a long time champion of the rights of private citizens. He is currently the president of the Renfrew County Private Landowners Association and former president of the Barry’s Bay and Area Fish and Game Club. These two well known organizations were established to promote the rural way of life and the rights of private landowners.

Much of Stanley’s volunteerism goes unrecognized as he very quietly works to assist people in need; particularly the elderly and mentally challenged. As a dedicated community volunteer, he dedicates time to St. Casimir’s Catholic Church. Stan is a member of Killaloe Hagarty Richards Township Council and is always ready to advocate for ratepayers at the council table.

It is an honour to recognize Stanley Pecoskie for his worthy contributions to his peers, his community and to Canada.