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November 27, 2012 16:10 ET

Ten Canadians Honoured During a Presentation Ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee Medal in Montreal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2012) - The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was presented to ten recipients from various walks of life today during a presentation ceremony at the Manège militaire des Fusiliers Mont-Royal, in Montréal, Quebec. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over the ceremony.

The names of the recipients and their citations are attached.

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Gregory Charles
Montréal, Quebec
A versatile and tremendously talented artist, he is a musician, singer, television and radio host, artistic director, and actor. Mr. Charles is an inspiration to all those young artists with whom he has always shared his passion and enthusiasm for music.
Edith Cyr
Montréal, Quebec
Ms. Cyr is managing director of Bâtir son quartier, a social economy enterprise that, for over 35 years, has been coordinating community housing projects to build strong communities throughout the Greater Montréal Area.
Jean-André Élie
Mont Royal, Quebec
Mr. Élie is one of the great builders of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Over the course of half a century volunteering for the organization, he initiated numerous fundraising activities and projects to support primarily young musicians.
Jean R. Fabi
Montréal, Quebec
For over 30 years, this businessman and executive has been organizing benefits for charitable organizations. His social engagement has, among other things, supported numerous projects for organizations that support children.
Richard Garneau, O.C., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Journalist, author, international sporting event and program host, Mr. Garneau was notably a renowned as the host of "La Soirée du Hockey" for 23 years. He also covered the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games for over 40 years.
Jennifer Heil
Montréal, Quebec
Ms. Heil has won Olympic gold and silver medals in the sport of freestyle mogul skiing. An ambassador of community service, she is also involved with several charities, including the "Because I am a Girl" initiative, which supports the rights and development of millions of girls in the developing world.
Father Emmett Johns, C.M., G.O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Father Emmett Johns founded Le Bon Dieu dans la rue, an organization now known as Dans la rue. For over 20 years, Father Johns, nicknamed Pops, went out into the streets of downtown Montréal to provide meals, friendship and hope to the homeless.
Father Johns' medal will be presented to Mr. Aki Tchitacov.
The Honourable Antonine Maillet, P.C., C.C., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
This Acadian novelist and playwright is well-known internationally for the creation of her character "La Sagouine." She has also published some 30 works, inspired by the language, history and traditions of Acadia, some of which have garnered prestigious literary awards.
Jacques Ménard, O.C., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
In addition to making remarkable contributions to business development in Quebec, Mr. Ménard is known for his social commitment and extraordinary dedication to several community causes in various sectors, including health, education, international aid and culture.
Marina Orsini
Montréal, Quebec
An actress and radio host, Ms. Orsini has been actively involved for over 20 years as spokesperson and speaker for Tel-jeunes, an organization that provides resources to troubled teens.

About the Diamond Jubilee Medal

This commemorative medal is being presented throughout the year to 60 000 deserving Canadians to celebrate significant contributions and achievements, and to recognize those who, like Her Majesty The Queen, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country. The awarding of this national honour is done through governmental and non-governmental partner organizations. Additional information about the Diamond Jubilee Medal program is available at

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