The Diamond Jubilee Trust is chaired by Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and will be managed by a board of trustees. A Commonwealth Advisory Group is currently being established and Mr. Chrétien will serve as the Canadian representative.
“Former Prime Minister Chrétien is uniquely qualified to serve as Canada’s representative to the Diamond Jubilee Trust. Mr. Chrétien is a member of the Queen’s prestigious Order of Merit. His relationship with Her Majesty, which spans over 40 years, includes six official Royal Tours he hosted during his time as Prime Minister,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The Diamond Jubilee Trust is a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s dedicated service to Canada and the Commonwealth. I would like to thank former Prime Minister Chrétien for representing Canada in this worthy charitable initiative.”
The Diamond Jubilee Trust was launched on February 6, 2012, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. The Trust will focus on Commonwealth priorities such as combatting curable diseases and promoting education and culture. The Trust will be funded by governments, individuals, organizations and the private sector, and will invest in projects that seek to make a real and enduring difference in people’s lives throughout the Commonwealth.
For more information about the Diamond Jubilee Trust, including how to contribute, visit http://www.jubileetribute.org.