Arts After School Kids Founder Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Gayle Myke, founder of Arts After School Kids program receives a Diamond Jubilee Award for her tireless devotion to fundraising for art education for children.

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to honour the service of dozens in the name of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of the Queen in 1952, commemorated through a series of events and recognitions leading up to the anniversary of her coronation in 1953. A specially designed medal was minted to mark the occasion and honour the Queen’s decades of service, some 60,000 of which are being awarded to those who’ve served their own communities.

Brant MP Phil McColeman, MPP and Speaker of the Ontario Legislature Dave Levac, Six Nations Chief Coun. Bill Montour, Mississaugas of the New Credit Chief Bryan LaForme and Brantford Mayor Chris Friel presented the awards in a special ceremony held at the Sanderson Centre. A total of 54 medals were awarded as part of the celebration— though some had already been awarded prior to Saturday for those who were unable to attend.

“This (Diamond Jubilee) has only happened once before when Queen Victoria reached it in 1897— the likelihood of it happening again is not in our lifetimes,” McColeman said. “This is a wonderful day to celebrate community members and wonderful Canadians.”

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