Several Lethbridge residents were recognized for making significant impact in the community through policy change, volunteerism and dedication. The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal will be awarded to 7,000 Albertans, and 19 of them were recognized during a ceremony in Lethbridge on Monday.
United Way Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, Volunteer Lethbridge and YMCA of Lethbridge presented the awards at the Multicultural Centre on Dec. 5.
“For somebody to be nominated and to receive one of the Queen Jubilee medals is a great achievement — it’s really somebody who has gone above and beyond the commitment of volunteers or changemaking for our community and these individuals that we are recognizing here today have been really outstanding people,” said Jaci Zalesak, executive director of United Way Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.
United Way presented awards to Adonus Arlett, John Coombes, Devon Hargreaves, Anita Huchala, Amanda Jensen, Tina McAlisteer, Michael Marcotte, Aris Slingerland and Ryan Wagner.
Volunteer Lethbridge presented awards to Jerry Firth, Larry Laverty, Danielle McIntyre, Diana Sim and Sharon
The YMCA presented awards to Erich Dyck, Jerry Brown, Tara Lennox, Stephen Mogdan and Dory Rossiter.
“Some of them have been policy changers, some of them have been outstanding volunteers for many years, contributing to organizations, delivering meals endlessly or just being outstanding volunteers to youth and to the community and just really committing to really making change in the community, giving unrecognizable and today we want to recognize their commitment,” Zalesak said.
The medal was created in honour of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.