Merna Alexander (centre) receives congratulations for her Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Colin Mayes and his wife Jacquie Mayes.

Merna Alexander (centre) receives congratulations for her Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Colin Mayes and his wife Jacquie Mayes.

Jubilee medals handed out

MP presents honours to residents from Lumby and Coldstream

North Okanagan residents have been recognized for their tireless community efforts.

Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP, recently awarded several Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals during the Lumby Thrift Store Society’s annual tea.

“The medals are awarded to recognize and celebrate significant achievements and extraordinary contributions Canadians have made for the benefit of their fellow citizens and their country,” said Mayes.

Medals were issued to Dianne Blain, of Lumby, for her long-term commitment to St. John Ambulance and the foster parent program.

Lumby resident Merna Alexander was recognized for her role in the local curling program and Lumby Days.

Douglas Walton, of Coldstream, received a medal for for his dedication to the Canadian Armed Forces, the Vernon Army Cadet Camp, the Vernon Army Cadet League and St. John Ambulance.

May Correale, of Coldstream, was recognized for her support of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary, North Okanagan Hospice House and Our Lady of the Valley Church.

“The Queen’s diamond jubilee is an opportunity to celebrate our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions, particularly the role of the crown in Canada,” said Mayes.