Stettler leaders recognized with Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Five Stettler residents recently received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. From the left are Bonnie Ireland, Bernie Jackson, presenter Lorraine Hankins, Winnie Bisset and Malcolm Fischer. Not pictured is Faye Blakely. Submitted
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A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal program is organized by the Government of Alberta.

This medal will be awarded to 7,000 Albertans throughout 2022 in recognition of significant contributions to the province.

The Platinum Jubilee Medal is continuing as planned despite the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and will conclude on Feb. 5, 2023.

The Stettler Information and Referral Centre were offered five Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Awards in August 2022 to give to outstanding Albertan’s in our area.

We were honoured to participate in this event and sent in five nominations to Edmonton for their review.

We were given some funding through the Government of Alberta to celebrate the International Day of the Volunteer Dec. 5 so we coincided the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award presentations to be the same day as our open house on Dec. 6 as all our recipients are outstanding community volunteers and leaders.

Our five Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award winners were: Bonnie Ireland for her years of work bringing adult learning opportunities and courses to Stettler, along with her ongoing volunteer work.

Bernie Jackson for her overall community work (hosting tickets for sale), volunteering at various functions and sense of community well-being.

Malcolm Fischer for his work on town council, preservation of Stettler’s important historians, volunteering and leadership.

Winnie Bissett for her 30 plus years of work at the Heartland Youth Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club.

Faye Blakely (missing from the photo) for her outstanding work with Stettler Family and Community Support Services over 25 plus years. Her award will be given to her at a later date.

Submitted by Lorraine Hankins

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