Five Burnaby residents have received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada.
The list includes two local businessmen, two firefighters and a Burnaby streamkeeper, all of whom were nominated by Senator Yonah Martin.
"I was definitely looking at our unsung heroes, those who may be behind the scenes in a very consistent strong way, providing the foundation, the gel, the heart of various initiatives," Martin said.
Longtime local resident and streamkeeper Nick Kvenich was overwhelmed when he learned he was receiving the medal.
"I am kind of a sensitive person. When you get something and it's extreme, your emotions go, but I held my composure," he said. "When you work so long and someone says thank you, it has a big impact."
Kvenich ran as an independent council candidate in the 2011 civic election, and he's volunteered with numerous community groups over the years.
Kvenich has also been featured in the NOW for the streamkeeping work he does rehabilitating Eagle Creek. In fact, it was an article in the Burnaby NOW that caught Martin's eye and prompted her to nominate Kvenich for the medal.
"Someone sent me the link," she said. "It really told me a real heartfelt story, a journey so to speak."
Burnaby entrepreneur Peter Legge was also selected, mainly for his work as a motivational speaker and mentor, Martin said. Donald Cha, CEO of Sharons Credit Union, was chosen for community leadership. Miles Ritchie and Jeff Clark, both Burnaby firefighters, were selected for their service and volunteer work in the community. They were also instrumental in bringing the World Police and Fire Games to Burnaby.
The medal ceremony was on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Burnaby Ismaili Centre on Canada Way. Martin and Senator Mobina Jaffer presented the medals.
60,000 Canadians received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal this year.