Another round of Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award winners has been announced by two Burnaby politicians. Peter Julian, MP for Burnaby-New Westminster, and Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby Edmonds, recently announced several Burnaby residents who were awarded the Queen's medal for significant achievements and contributions to Canada.
The recipients are Kebede Abate, Ray Allen, Lisa Anderson-Kellett, Mahjobeh Badakhsh, Antonia Beck, Rev. Randolph Bruce, Mae Burrows, Paul Cipywnyk, George Doering, Doreen George, Joey Hartman from the Vancouver and District Labour Council, local firefighter Michael Hurley, Fred Kaiser, John Lee, Ken Lind, Harry Moon, Wanda Mulholland, Rajinder Pandher of the Burnaby Multicultural Society, Robert Hock, Sun Tan and the late Ruth Wade.
Local politicians who also received the award were Mayor Derek Corrigan and city councillors Sav Dhaliwal, Colleen Jordan, and Paul McDonell.
NOW readers should recognize many of the names, which have appeared in our paper throughout the years. Anderson-Kellett was featured in the NOW for her work campaigning for improvements to telecommunications technology for the deaf and hard of hearing. Cipywnyk has appeared in our paper many times for his volunteer work with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers. Doering volunteers with the Council of Seniors Citizens Organizations of B.C., and he was the central figure in a feature we published on elder abuse. Beck, executive director at the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House, and Mulholland from the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness are also regular newsmakers.
To see a full list with brief bios on all of the award recipients, go to Jennifer Moreau's blog at www.burnabynow.com.
FRUIT HATS ARE OPTIONAL
The Confederation Seniors Centre is hosting a Carmen Miranda-themed tea on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Colleen Durdon will be performing, and organizers promise tasty treats and a fun atmosphere. Advance tickets are $6 for centre members, or $7 for guests. The event runs from 1: 30 to 3 p.m. at 4585 Albert St.