NWAC Recognizes the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Winners
Ottawa, ON (December18, 2012) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada is proud to recognize the achievement of thirty-three Aboriginal women who have made a life-time practice out of service.
This year, 2012, marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. It is a title that designates both a position and a commitment, a commitment to serve. To commemorate this event, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is being awarded to outstanding men and women from Canada.
The women nominated through the Native Women’s Association of Canada have chosen a path in life that is under-represented, but greatly needed. The recipients of this award have been nominated by their peers for service to improve the lives of Aboriginal people. These women have served their families, their communities, and their nations. Their contributions range from bringing national attention to issues affecting Aboriginal women and girls to contributing valuable time and effort to enhance their community’s life on a day-to-day basis.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada adds their thanks to their recognition. Please join with us in recognizing the following thirty-three women for their many contributions.
Ellen Gabriel Oka, QC
Ruth Kidder Peace River, AB
Noreen Grace McAteer Fort Vermillion, AB
Cathy Halbot Corner Brook, NL
Brenda Hynes White Benoits Cove, NL
Doreen Swyers Stephenville, NL
Agnes Potter Bear River, NS
Dorothy Wynne Toronto, ON
Corrine Nabigon Thunder Bay, ON
Agnes Bachmann Dryden, ON
Elize Hartley Hamilton, ON
Dawn Memee Lavell-Harvard Baltimore, ON
Judith Clark Lennox Island, PEI
Julie Pellissier Lush South Winsloe, PE
Thirly Levi Mount Stewart, PE
Josephine Augustine Elsipogtog First Nation, NB
Josephine Mandamin Thunder Bay, ON
Judy Hughes Yorkton, SK
Karon Shmon Saskatoon, SK
Julie Pitzel Prince Albert, SK
Maurina Beadle Trenton, NS
Ingrid Johnson Whitehorse, YT
Amanda Mudry Whitehorse, YT
Shirley Adamson Whitehorse, YT
Cherish Lepine Whitehorse, YT
Greta Baetz Yellowknife, NT
Laura Whiteman Killaly, SK
Janice Dick Billy, PhD Chase, BC
The Honourable Marion Buller Bennett Port Coquitlam, BC
Sylvia Popowich Yorkton, SK
Darlene Shackelly North Vancouver, BC
Erica Samms Hurley Mount Mariah, NL
In addition to the thirty-three women nominated by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the former president, Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, and the current president, Michèle Audette, were also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.