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Devolin awards three Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals in North Kawartha

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Barry Devolin awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to two North Kawartha residents and one from Brock Township on Saturday.

The presentations were made during a special dinner created at the Apsley Legion to honour the worthy recipients.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

“For 60 years, Her Majesty has exemplified the true meaning of public service and today we recognize several great individuals who have dedicated themselves to service to family, community and country,” said Devolin.

“Based on each recipients solid record of service, they are easy choices as recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.”

John F. Beeton (Apsley): John has volunteered at the Royal Canadian Legion for over 33 years. During that time, he has held such executive positions at Branch 381 (Apsley) as Poppy Chair and Service Officer.

To keep the Legion safe, he donated an electronic security system and a smoke/heat detector. Further, in 2010, John was named North Kawartha’s Community Volunteer of the Year .

Corporal Michael Jubb (Beaverton): Although currently residing in Beaverton, Michael has a long family history in North Kawartha Township. The six year veteran of the Canadian Forces has completed tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Alert, Nunavut – the northernmost, permanently inhabited place in the world.

While in Afghanistan, 94 students from Apsley Public School sent Michael a letter wishing him luck on his mission. To much of the students, parents and teachers surprise, Michael personally replied to each person.

In addition, Michael has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 381 for the past four years, is currently its Sergeant at Arms and into his second year as a volunteer firefighter with the Brock Township Fire Department.

Juanita Kemp (Woodview): Juanita has served three terms as President of the Royal Canadian Legion in Apsley and is now the Deputy Zone Commander of District F, Zone 5 with responsibility for 11 Legions.

Juanita is also credited with running the youth education component for the Apsley Legion and organized public speaking and essay writing events for area children.

During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians from across the country and various walks of life will be recognized.

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