30 residents to get Jubilee Medals

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Credit: Mike Sullivan’s office

Thirty residents of York South–Weston were given Diamond Jubilee Medals to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. These medals were awarded by Mike Sullivan (Laura Albanese awarded others in September.

The press release describes the recipients:

Liliana Angarita Ms. Angarita is a well-known advocate and crusader for international human rights who has received many accolades for her work.

Mary Louise Ashbourne Mrs. Ashbourne has made significant contributions over the course of several decades to preserving the unique history and heritage of the Village of Weston.

Norman Baker Mr. Baker, at 96-years-young, is a lifelong volunteer with numerous community organizations. He served in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War.

Domenico Barbieri Mr. Barbieri is a leader in promoting the Italian culture and heritage in Canada. For many years, he has served as the 1st Vice-President of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians.

Barbara Anne Bisgrove Ms. Bisgrove is a passionate community leader and volunteer whose many good works have benefitted some of west-end Toronto’s neediest residents.

Major Garfield Robert Bonnell Major Bonnell is a dedicated officer with more than three decades of continous service to Cadets Canada.

Mavis Irene Breckenridge Mrs. Breckenridge is the founder of a weekly supper for some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. She is an exemplary volunteer who is a role model to many.

Swatanter “Sam” Chopra Mr. Chopra has distinguished himself as a leading figure in the promotion of South Asian culture and heritage in Ontario. He is the president of South Asians in Ontario.

Gayle Helena Christie Ms. Christie served on the council of the former City of York for many years, including two terms as mayor. In her post-political life, she has lent her considerable expertise to not-for-profit organizations across Toronto.

Robert Graham Churchill Mr. Churchill has devoted the past half-century to serving his community, as an always energetic volunteer for numerous organizations and as an elected school trustee.

Mark John DeMontis Mr. DeMontis is the founder of Courage Canada, a charitable organization that promotes blind hockey and encourages youth with disabilities to engage in sport.

Odoardo Di Santo Mr. Di Santo is one of Canada’s leading advocates for injured workers and is a political pioneer in the Italian-Canadian community, having served a decade as a Member of Provincial Parliament.

Valentino Esposito Mr. Esposito has devoted the last three decades to supporting numerous youth organizations across west-end Toronto in a voluntary capacity.

John Frederick Gell Mr. Gell is a retired educator and a life-long resident of the Lambton Park neighbourhood who has chronicled and written a book on the area’s rich and colourful history.

Cherri Gail Hurst Ms. Hurst has spearheaded the impressive community effort to protect the unique architectural heritage of the Village of Weston. She is a recognized expert in Toronto’s heritage preservation community.

Muhammad “Moe” Irshad Mr. Ishad is a well-respected leader in Toronto’s Muslim community who has led successful efforts to reach out to other faiths to create greater cross-faith understanding and cooperation.

Steve Ross Levasseur Mr. Levasseur has demonstrated commitment to the development of community through his work over the past quarter-century as an Officer with the Canadian Cadet Organization.

Ronald Kenneth McCuaig Mr. McCuaig is an active and generous supporter of a diverse number of community and social justice organizations. He is well known for his philanthropy.

Ernest Stuart McMullan Mr. McMullan has long been a pillar of the Downsview neighbourhood. For many decades, he operated a pharmacy that became a community gathering spot where no one was turned away.

Sadrudin “Sam” Meghji Mr. Meghji is a local small business owner who has always given back to the community. He serves on a number of local boards and was a lead organizer of the Weston Santa Claus Parade for five years.

Maria Meyers Ms. Meyers is one of Toronto’s foremost promoters of the Caribbean culture and heritage. She is the president of the Spice Isle Association and the Grenada Day Association.

Odesia President Ms. President is a model immigrant success story, having started her own business and always making sure to give back to her adopted country. She dedicates herself to improving community safety and providing more opportunities for youth.

Carol Pamela Sip Ms. Sip is an avid community volunteer who has served in many capacities over the past two decades, including as one of the lead organizers of the annual Amesbury Park Canada Day celebration.

Bella Jane Smith Ms. Smith is one of the founding volunteers of the local Meals-On-Wheels program. Nearly a half-century later, she is still personally delivering meals to seniors in the community.

Gail Elaine Stacey Mrs. Stacey has devoted three decades of exceptional voluntary service to ensuring the continued success of the York Lions Club and the York Lions Steel Band.

Diana Helen Stapleton Ms. Stapleton is the volunteer chair of the Weston Area Emergency Support food bank that provides food to almost 10,000 people on a yearly basis. She is also an avid fundraiser for many local causes and organizations.

Donald Andrew Stewart Mr. Stewart is a veteran of the Second World War, having served in the Canadian Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. Since the war, he has advocated for his fellow veterans and served two stints as Legion branch president.

Charlcie Mae Stickley Mrs. Stickley is a World War Two “war bride” who has served on the executive of the Royal Canadian Legion Mount Dennis Branch for several decades, including as president. She is currently Secretary- Treasurer and is an inspiration to many.

Barbara A. Stone Ms. Stone is a community leader in Mount Dennis. She has been the driving force behind a number of community improvement initiatives to benefit the neighbourhood.

Suri Weinberg-Linsky Ms. Weinberg-Linsky is proprietor of Weston’s oldest continuously operated business, Squibb’s Stationers. She is a tireless champion for, and promoter, of the local small business community.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.