Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation to Pam and Chris

MP Daryl Kramp, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee recipients Chris MacDonald and Pam Smith with their nominator Tiffany Lepack

Queen Elizabeth II is the ultimate role model. She has been through so much her during 60 years on the thrown but she always preservers and sets an example we can all work towards.

Love you family, work hard and serve your country.

What more can you ask from our Queen then that?

It is amazing that she is the second longest serving monarch and only five people have served longer than her. It is absolutely incredibly.

Our Queen!

For 59 other facts on the Queen visit the Official Jubilee Website

I admire the Queen and when I heard of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal I just knew I had to nominate someone for the honour.

Here is a description of the medal from the Governor General’s website:

“A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.”

The Front of the medal

The back of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal

 

 

As soon as I had a chance to think about it I knew I wanted to nominate Pam Smith and Chris MacDonald for their work creating the Random Acts of Kindness program in Belleville.

 

Here is what my nomination said…

I would like to respectfully nominate Chris MacDonald and Pam Smith for the Diamond Jubilee medal. 

These two Belleville women started Random Acts of Kindness week in Belleville in 1998 and since then the campaign has spread out to Trenton, Picton and even Stittsville. 

They spend countless hours organizing the events to make a difference in our community and they would never seek out the recognition they so truly deserve. 

Few people know, that Pam organizes a golf tournament every summer which brings in thousands of dollars annually to run the programs the following March. Everyone involved gives from their hearts to try and make our community a kinder place. 

I remember when I was in high school and Mark Fyke was killed, followed by Shawn Keegan who was shot and killed in Toronto and Rebecca Middleton killed in Bermuda, the schools came together for a Violence Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness seminar, for a teen it was powerful to see that these women at the seminar taking a senseless act of violence and turning it into something positive. 

Now, 15 years later they are still working to promote the message of kindness, in Belleville there is now Kindness court, Citizen of the Year, Kindness Crews, the Belleville Bulls help out and more. 

It was the little touches that made the afternoon really special.

 

I submitted it to MP Daryl Kramp in May and hoped for the best. Now there are only 60,000 medals and I did not know what would happen with my nomination. I followed up by calling his office and he answered and informed me they did not make the cut. He said he had received almost 200 nominations for his riding and remembered my nomination right away and noted they were very worthy recipients. He then informed me he would make them a certificate for being nominated and would presented it to them personally at the golf tournament over the summer.

I thought that was cool and a nice way to recognize their hard work. Then a few days before the tournament he called, great I thought he is backing out. But then he said I have good news and bad news for you…I can’t attend the golf tournament to present them with certificates because I have fought to find an extra two medals to honour them! Wow! He asked me not to say anything to them until it was official but he had two medals in his sight!

MP Daryl Kramp being piped in to the ceremony

Pam and Chris being piped in!!

 

Fast forward to this fall and the big day was finally here. I honestly do not know who was more excited Pam and Chris or me!

My Grandpa, Dad, DH, and I all got dressed up to head to the ceremony. I had tears in my eyes as they walked in being lead by the piper. I sat by myself, up in the nominator row and snapped as many pictures as I could. My dad thought it was cool because he could see the reporter in me shine out. I beamed as they each received their medal and posed for pictures!

Pam was all smiles as she received her medal.

Chris after she received her medal.

Dad gets his first view of the medal and certificate.

It all happened so quickly I almost couldn’t take it all in!

I was incredibly pleased with the attention of Mr. Kramp and how nice he was to my family and me during the entire day and nomination process.

A cake fit for a Queen!

Then it was finally time for cake and tea, how Royal, well I had water, but still felt fancy!

Afterwards we all had a delicious roast with homemade Yorkshire Pudding. I asked them both how they felt their answer was short but sweet they both felt humbled and honoured. It was hard to turn on my interviewing skills with someone I know so well.

The certificate personally signed by the Governor General.

When we got home I could not put the medal down. I was astounded that I was actually holding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in my hands. It was stunning, so intricate and delicate.

The whole experience was surreal; It was a special moment that I will never forget.