The Queen's Diamond Jubilee: a Canadian celebration

Ottawa, Ontario
6 February 2012

Throughout 2012, Canada is marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada. To celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, the Government of Canada has put in place several special initiatives to honour The Queen’s reign, her service and her dedication to this country and to celebrate Canadian achievements of the last 60 years.

In addition to the creation of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Government of Canada has invested in the following initiatives to celebrate this historic anniversary: a funding initiative that will enable community groups and organizations to develop their own unique, grassroots celebrations; a website and social media program; promotional products such as Diamond Jubilee paper flags, pins, and posters to promote the Diamond Jubilee and strengthen Canadians’ awareness of our institutions; and educational tools, including an update of A Crown of Maples, a publication that explains the role of the Crown in Canada and our constitutional monarchy.

This is only the second time in Canadian history that a Diamond Jubilee has been celebrated; the first was the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal

On February 6, 2011, Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled the design of the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II personally approved the medal initiative and the design prior to the unveiling. 

This new commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty’s dedicated service to our country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. The medal program is part of the Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations, organized by the Government of Canada.

Commemorative medals, such as the Diamond Jubilee Medal, are established from time to time within the Canadian Honours System to mark special anniversaries or occasions.  Since 1967, several Canadian commemorative medals have been created, including two Jubilee medals marking key anniversaries in Her Majesty’s reign as Queen of Canada (the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002). Other commemorative medals include the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992).

On February 6, 2012, the inaugural 60 Diamond Jubilee Medals were presented to the following Canadians who made significant contributions to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or whose achievements abroad have brought credit to Canada:

  1. Tomas Avendano, Vancouver, British Columbia
  2. Michael Ball, Montréal, Quebec
  3. Maureen Basnicki, Thornbury, Ontario
  4. Wanda Bedard, Montréal, Quebec
  5. Teresa Berezowski, Toronto, Ontario
  6. Michel G. Bergeron, C.M., O.Q., Québec, Quebec
  7. Alexandre Bilodeau, Montréal, Quebec
  8. Lieutenant-Colonel John R. Bishop, C.D. (Ret’d), Cobble Hill, British Columbia
  9. Pierre Boileau, Montréal, Quebec
  10. Major-General Lionel Bourgeois, C.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d), Trenton, Ontario
  11. Melvin James Boutilier, C.M., O.N.S., Halifax, Nova Scotia
  12. David A. Chalack, Balzac, Alberta
  13. Clément Chartier, Ottawa, Ontario
  14. Joël Chéruet, Gatineau, Quebec
  15. Lieutenant(N) James W. Clute, C.D., Ottawa, Ontario
  16. Gail Cyr, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  17. Priscilla de Villiers, M.S.M., Burlington, Ontario
  18. Corporal Ryan Doherty, Denwood, Alberta
  19. Budhendranauth Doobay, O. Ont., Toronto, Ontario
  20. Barney Ellis-Perry, North Vancouver, British Columbia
  21. Alex Forrest, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  22. Darrell Fox, Vancouver, British Columbia
  23. Bruce Gitelman, Toronto, Ontario
  24. Bryden Hutt, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
  25. Master Corporal Keven Thomas Iles, The Pas, Manitoba
  26. Johnny Issaluk, Iqaluit, Nunavut
  27. Roberta L. Jamieson, C.M., Ohsweken, Ontario
  28. Major Gordon Jenkins, C.D. (Ret’d), Stittsville, Ontario
  29. William Matthew Raistlen Jones, Whitehorse, Yukon
  30. Melpa Kamateros, Mount Royal, Quebec
  31. Chil-Yong Kang, London, Ontario
  32. Captain Ray Kokkonen, C.D. (Ret’d), Trout Brook, New Brunswick
  33. Veronica (Vonnie) Lavers, Kelowna, British Columbia
  34. Huguette Lépine, Québec, Quebec
  35. Captain Simon J. Mailloux, Ottawa, Ontario
  36. Shawnee Main, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  37. Captain E. Maria Mangnall-Schonert, C.D., Ottawa, Ontario
  38. Patricia McDermott, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  39. Peter P. M. Meincke, Manotick, Ontario
  40. Bryna Monson, Ottawa, Ontario
  41. Leslie Natynczyk, Ottawa, Ontario
  42. Paul Nguyen, Toronto, Ontario
  43. Constable Anne O’Shaughnessy, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  44. Master Warrant Officer Jean-Claude Parent, C.D., Ottawa, Ontario
  45. Linda Patterson, Oromocto, New Brunswick
  46. Tom Quinn, Beaconsfield, Quebec
  47. Brigadier-General Bob Robert, C.D. (Ret’d), Brooklin, Ontario
  48. Ronald Schlegel, Kitchener, Ontario
  49. Rachel Scott-Mignon, Gatineau, Quebec
  50. Maureen Shaw, Victoria, British Columbia
  51. Master Seaman Christopher Mark Switzer, Victoria, British Columbia
  52. Hannah Catherine Taylor, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  53. Travis Toews, Beaverlodge, Alberta
  54. Patricia (Pat) Varga, Unity, Saskatchewan
  55. Kathryn Laura Whitfield, Toronto, Ontario
  56. W. Brett Wilson, C.M., Calgary, Alberta
  57. Sergeant Angela Wintonyk, C.D., Petawawa, Ontario
  58. Pauline Wong, Montréal, Quebec
  59. Lauren Woolstencroft, North Vancouver, British Columbia
  60. Xinsheng (Simon) Zhong, Toronto, Ontario
A total of 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals will be given to Canadians throughout 2012 and up to February 28, 2013, the date on which the program closes.  Medals will be presented to recipients by partners to the medal program (partners include the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Canadian Ministry, Members of Parliament, Senators, Lieutenant Governors/Territorial Commissioners, Premiers and non-governmental organizations).

The Nomination Process and Medals Ceremonies

The nomination process for the Diamond Jubilee Medal was launched in fall 2011. 
To ensure that a wide range of endeavour is recognized, partners to the medal program have been invited to nominate candidates from their communities or organizations for this national honour.

Members of the general public are welcome to contact partners to the medal program to suggest names of candidates as well. Recommendations can also be made for individuals affiliated with non governmental organizations participating in this program. The deadline for partners to present nominations is December 31, 2012.

To be eligible for this medal, a person must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. They must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.

The medal program is administered by The Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. 

The Medal

Diamond Jubilee MedalThe medal, which is composed of nickel silver and features a proof finish was designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint and developed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall. 

The obverse depicts a crowned image of the The Queen, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The reverse marks the 60th (diamond) anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee is depicted by the large central diamond, by the background diamond pattern, and by the dates 1952 and 2012.  The imagery includes the Royal Cypher (the Royal Crown and the letters EIIR for Elizabeth II Regina), Canadian maple leaves, and the motto VIVAT REGINA (“Long live The Queen!”).

The ribbon reflects a new arrangement of the blue, red and white colours of the 1953 Coronation Medal, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal, and the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal.

Further information on the recipients and the Diamond Jubilee Medal is available on the website of the Governor General of Canada: www.gg.ca