MP Russ Hiebert honoured 30 local residents Saturday (Nov.10) with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals, including former White Rock mayor Judy Forster and her husband, Brad, both cited for extensive community service.
Other recipients awarded the medals by the South Surrey-White Rock Cloverdale MP include arts advocate Mary Mikelson, entertainer and Spirit of the Sea Festival volunteer Heather Crawford (Korki the Clown), White Rock community advocate Pat Petrala and philanthropist Vern Hoing.
Also recognized for contributions to the community and the region were: Delta deputy police chief Lyle Beaudoin, tourist information volunteer Albert Bruins, Delta police inspector Darshan Charna, artifact restorer John DeForest, counsellor Susan Driedger, policing volunteer Bernice Donald, stroke-recovery volunteer Muriel Dove, skateboard-safety advocate Stephen Elder, Air Cadets volunteer Rodney Elgert, volunteer Earle Fraser, sports coach Barry Hickman, event promoter Erik Hilmer, regimental association director Frank Huber, caregiver Kwan-Ying Jen, Scottish dance promoter Duncan MacKenzie, hospital volunteer Kathleen Maclennan, fundraiser Jane Manning, marine-rescue volunteer Andrew Newman, Spirit of the Sea manager Terry Newman, volunteer support worker Tim Perritt, cadet leader Roger Prouse, policing volunteer Elsie Ringham, arthritis society stalwart Brenda Stubbs and scout leader and Block Watch captain Jeannette Tabb.
Political leaders across the country are selecting 60,000 recipients.
An alphabetic listing of the recipients recognized Nov. 10, with full citations as originally supplied by Hiebert’s office, follows:
Deputy Chief Lyle Beaudoin has served the communities of Delta for over 30 years. Mr. Beaudoin has championed community-based policing projects enhancing the relationship between police and the community. He supported and facilitated the establishment of Delta Community Police stations known as CoPS. Today there are four CoPS stations that flourish with hundreds of volunteers in the community of Delta. Lyle further enhances this connection as a volunteer himself in the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program.
Albert is a rare breed, and not a person that you would come across more than once in your lifetime. He has given of himself as a volunteer coordinator for the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce at the Tourist Information Centre since 2008. Mr. Bruins tirelessly produces the monthly schedules, transports publications, recycles and actively recruits new volunteers with over 10,000 volunteer hours.
Inspector Darshan Charma has worked with the Delta Police Department for 31 years. Not only has Inspector Charma been a success in the field of policing, he uses his cultural standing to enhance relationships between the police and Indo-Canadian communities in Surrey, Delta and other jurisdictions in Metro Vancouver.
Heather (also known as ‘Korki – the Clown’) has done outstanding work as a volunteer at the Spirit of The Sea Festival for more than 15 years developing children’s activities which are now a big part of the festival.
John Deforest served in the Royal Canadian Airforce. Notwithstanding his extensive leadership capabilities across the span of his working life he was a mentor, and a generous patron of UBC students. John has spent 25 years volunteering at the Burnaby Village restoring artifacts and currently volunteers at the historical Stewart Farm House.
Susan is an extraordinary women and who has lived her life in an extraordinary way. Susan has never been recognized by monetary gain, status or reward until today. She facilitated a 24 hour telephone counselling support before there were crisis lines. Her hospitality, gifts of food, wise counsel, teaching and spiritual wisdom have contributed to the transformation of countless lives in her 76 years.
Bernice has been a long-standing volunteer with 18 years of service and almost 7,000 hours with the South Surrey/White Rock community policing service. She has been hard at work promoting the “Mature Drivers Program”, which helps seniors maintain their independence and mobility on the roads, as well as volunteering with the “Lock Out Auto Crime Program.
At 97, Muriel is still giving back to her community by volunteering 3 days a week with the White Rock/South Surrey Stroke Recovery Program and the Peace Arch Hospital. Other volunteering she has done is with the Crisis Centre, and running rummage sales to raise funds for Canadian Olympic Athletic Teams. To quote Muriel, “volunteering gives me a reason to get up every morning”.
Mr. Elder is a tireless advocate for helmet use by youth skateboarders for over ten years after losing his son Matthew from a brain injury due to a fall from a skateboard in 2002 in South Surrey. His years of advocacy, running clinics, educating parents have no doubt prevented serious head injuries and even death amongst youth in Surrey and across the Lower Mainland.
For over 25 years Captain Elgert has donned the uniform of a Royal Air Force Officer and leaves his home to work with the youth Air Cadet Program. He puts in hundreds of hours each year teaching these young Air Cadets citizenship, leadership and aviation skills while also helping with major fund raising events.
Earle is a former member of the Canadian Forces and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion. His dedication to the community includes providing volunteer time for the Cloverdale Rodeo, driving veterans to the hospital, or doctor’s appointments or wherever needed
Brad has over 40 years of community service. He has a passion for serving and he cares deeply for the needs of people here in his community and overseas. Brad has volunteered his time with the Rotary, Elks, Langley Association for Community Living, church, and the White Rock Health Society committee. He also travelled on a humanitarian trip and raised funds for a school and community centre in Zambia.
Judy has a lifelong record in working to enhance the quality of life in our community through Girl Guides, 18 years serving on City Council and she’s been involved with the Rotary, Elks, Sources, Gateway and Community Policing Programs. Judy embodies a very positive respect for everyone she meets in our community helping people to live up to their full potential.
Barry is being recognized for being a great role model and inspiration to the youth in his community as a outstanding sport’s coach. Barry would give of his time to pick up young kids for practices and games, and spending endless hours teaching them life and team skills especially those from under privileged families. While Barry was deployed in Bosnia as a PeaceKeeper he reached out and made a difference by putting a smile on people’s faces. On his return to Canada he collected over 90 sets of soccer equipment and sent them back to Bosnia.
Erik currently attends the University of British Columbia, contributing numerous hours in promoting the Land and Food Undergraduate Society. He is keen on promoting the Cloverdale Rodeo, Canada Day Festival and other community events. He has also been instrumental in promoting the standard bred horse industry within the lower mainland.
Vern has been extremely generous with his time, talent and treasures within this community. You can describe him best as a philanthropist – being involved with the Food Bank, Vancouver Symphony, Bell Performing Arts Centre, Semiahmoo Music Program, and the Peace Arch Hospital, to name a few.
Frank is the director of the Seaforth Highlander Regimental Association providing volunteer service to organize functions with current and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, including support for the Army Cadets. He also volunteers his time looking after the elderly members, doing hospital visits, organizing Vimy dinners and special luncheons to promote comradeship in order to keep the memories alive of fallen veterans.
Kwan – Ying Jen
Kwan-Ying Jen along with her husband have shared unfailing love and attention with mentally challenged people at Sunshine Place. They have looked after these nine to twelve residents for approximately 30 years with incredible care.
Duncan’s principal area of volunteer service is to the Scottish Dance Community, where he has been promoting Scottish dancing for twenty years. Duncan has also coached both men’s and women’s field hockey in British Columbia. In his spare time, he drives patients to the hospital for the Cancer Society, and donates his time as treasurer for a Disadvantaged Woman’s Group.
At age 87 Kathleen still actively serves in her community making her an active volunteer for over 50 years. She first began volunteering with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in Regina as a book reader. After her move to White Rock Kathleen has dedicated 25 years of voluntary service to the Peace Arch Hospital, served as past president of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary.
As well as being a business woman, Mary was the former chair of the White Rock and South Surrey Chamber of Commerce and White Rock City Council. In 1973 Mary established the Arnold Mikelson Festival of the Arts. For 40 years she has held this festival at her property which has become one of the most successful art shows in Canada – giving 6000 artists the opportunity to show case their work for sale.
Andrew is one of the most active marine rescue volunteer members with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. He has over 700 hours of sea time and training and has been on 74 missions or rescues in our local waters. Andrew is well regarded in the community promoting Boating Safety at numerous events .
Terry has been the Spirit of The Sea Festival Manger for over 5 years now – volunteering over 200 hours annually creating systems and networks for recruiting , training and coordinating 130 -250 volunteers. She is the Kiwanis Club President and is involved in many other events and fundraising efforts.
Tim served out country in the Royal Canadian Engineers, as a sergeant in the militia. Tim has supported his community in various ways, such as organizing for the Block Watch Program, and showing compassion for youth through the B.C. Restorative Justice Program. He has worked with alcoholics, and supported Alcoholics Anonymous for 25 years. In addition Tim has promoted the B.C. Generations Project Health Research and an organ donor program.
Pat works tirelessly networking and promoting opportunities all across Canada. Her commitment to our country is a lengthy list of various responsibilities for over 35 years with more than 40 agencies and groups. Of particular interest Pat was the Founder and President of the Ottawa Women’s Network back in 1979 and now she presently a member of the Peninsula Arts and Cultural Society, and is the Treasurer of CARP, to name a few.
For 21 years Roger has served with the Royal Canadian Arm Cadets in numerous capacities. As an eminent leader, Roger has been recognized for his contributions to the Cadet Instructors Cadre and the Canadian Forces. Roger has also been the past president of the BC Regiment Association and Charitable Trust supporting bursary programs for serving soldiers, commemoration events, annual homeless dinner programs and helping with other veteran’s initiatives.
With over 4,000 volunteer hours Elsie maintains a high standard of service as an active volunteer with the South Surrey Community Policing office and the local community. Elsie helps to organize meetings for the Senior Safety Program along with setting up information tables at local to educate seniors on home security, street sense, personal well-being, frauds and scams, and elder abuse. She is also in charge of organizing social activities such as BBQ’s, retirements, transfers, and birthdays.
Brenda has served admirably for 27 years as a member of the Arthritis Society. In conjunction with this society she has been involved in various roles such as President, Secretary and Advocacy. Brenda has also been very instrumental in getting involved with the Surrey Arthritis Support Group offering peer-to-peer support, organizing social events and volunteering to educate the community at numerous health fairs.
Beyond Jean’s time serving Canada in the Armed Forces for 18 years she has also demonstrated a keen commitment to her local community. She served as a very devoted Scout leader in Cloverdale over the span of 10 years and as a Block Watch Captain . As a teacher, she has taught Sunday School, and has been instrumental in establishing reading programs promoting children’s literacy in addition to expanding literacy to foreign students at the school .