Left to right: Chris Matthews, Howard Vandenhoof, Randal Shemko, Pat Rypien, Donald Budgen, Craig Duncan and Tim Juhlin. Mayor Blair Painter in front. Nick Allen photo.
Nicholas L. M. Allen
Apr 5, 2023
Six recipients gathered for the honour of being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
The Crowsnest Pass Cando Society honoured members with a ceremony at Country Encounters on April 1.
There were six recipients among those gathered for the honour of being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. The event was followed by a small plate lunch served by the staff at Country Encounters Small Plate and Wine Bar.
The Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal will be awarded to 7,000 Albertans in recognition of significant contributions to the province. The Platinum Jubilee Medal program continued as planned despite the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Master of ceremonies Pat Rypien took a moment at the start of the ceremony to acknowledge the territories and people of Treaty 7. Rypien said she was honoured to receive the award in February and hoped to extend a similar ceremony to her volunteering colleagues.
“We are taking this opportunity to recognize the outstanding service of Albertans... You are among this distinguished group, and I thank you for your dedicated service to your peers, to your community, to Alberta and to Canada,” said Rypien.
She added that the contributions they have made are highly commendable and deserve both praise and admiration.
“In commemoration of this significant milestone in the history of the Crown and Canada, I wish to convey to you the heartfelt congratulations of Albertans,” said Rypien. “We all know what the Roxy means to us, and our hope is that soon it will matter to our community.”
Next, she introduced Mayor Blair Painter, himself a Platinum Jubilee Medal recipient, who was there to present the medals to the recipients. The recipients included Chris Matthews, Howard Vandenhoof, Randal Shemko, Donald Budgen, Craig Duncan and Tim Juhlin.
The ceremony also featured Beck Pichurski playing guitar while singing O’ Canada and God Save the King between the welcome and reception.
More information on the medal is available at alberta.ca/queens-platinum-jubilee-medal.aspx