Residents honoured with Diamond Jubilee Medal

14 York South—Weston residents were given the Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years of rule. The recipients were given the medal by MP Laura Albanese in Ottawa Queen’s Parklast week. They are among 60,000 Canadians so honoured.

The recipients in York South-Weston are:

  • Fergus James (Fergy) Brown, President of the Learning Enrichment Foundation
  • Major David C. Forster, Instructor Officer for the Air Cadets
  • Denis Hoban for volunteer service with youth and seniors
  • Gioconda (Jackie) Rosati, for her work with Villa Colombo
  • Frank Varacalli for two decades of volunteer service at the Amesbury Sports Club.
  • Mohammed Shahied Shaikh, director of the Masjid-El-Noor Mosque
  • Superintendent Mark Saunders, Unit Commander of 12 Division police
  • Inspector Scott Gilbert for his service as a police officer
  • Barbara Spyropoulos for her years of volunteer service with the Toronto Police
  • Rev. Dr. Michel R. Belzile for founding the Interfaith Community Building Initiative and for volunteer service in the community
  • Father Gianni Carparelli, founder of the Caritas drug treatment program
  • Constable Jim Lambe for four decades of service as a police officer
  • Dr. Vincent Kong for his volunteer efforts in the Sino-Canadian Exchange Society
  • Luisa Giacometti, whose bio was not provided to me

In her press release, Albanese said,

I am proud to have been given this opportunity to recognize 14 outstanding citizens in York South Weston. Their spirit of contribution is fittingly recognized with this Diamond Jubilee medal, and we are lucky to have them in our community.


Photo: Michael Miller

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.