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Humbled & honoured to be receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

- August 8th, 2012

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This may (0r may not) be the medal Ontario recipients of the jubilee honour are to be awarded. More details from others who have received them etc. would be gratefully received, too . . . it looks lovely. Courtesy of news4u.net

There are many remarkable Londoners who are recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal . . . JBNBlog is honoured & humbled to be in such company. Wow.

The invitation to the Aug. 23 ceremony from MPP Deb Matthews says it’s for “the great work you have done in our community.” Which is of course v. flattering. Wow. Again.

My profound thanks to many board members, staff, steering committee colleagues & co-workers who encouraged me over the years in various volunteerism undertakings . . . London is the great place it is because of so many generous, hard-working & big-souled people like you. My v. belated thanks to Nathan Garber, then ED of Information London, & to the board members of that fine organization who helped me in my first tentative efforts at being a volunteer board member decades ago. There was a lot to learn — there still is — but you inspired me to keep at it.

Knowing of the nomination was an honour in itself. To receive it is humbling . . . & if there has to be a recount or any reconsideration, that’s fine, too. As Elvis said: Reconsider Baby.

Seriously, it’s a thrill.

PS. JBNBlog remains committed to the republican (pls. note lower case ‘r’) cause but is v. happy about all this.

 

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9 comments

  1. Stephen Harding says:

    Good for you, James! Congratulations!

  2. SusanR says:

    Congratulations, James! You deserve it.

  3. Alice Gibb says:

    Dear James: All those many years ago, when you were editing London Magazine, I saw the spark of greatness in your eyes. In all seriousness, you certainly deserve this award – you have made London a better place to live, especially for anyone interested in the arts and heritage issues. Congratulations – I only wish that HRH could come and present these honors in person. Alice Gibb

  4. greg simpson says:

    Having worked beside you for some years in one of your volunteer capacities, and experienced your enthusiasm and fairness in all efforts, I applaud this as well. You are a Londoner of merit, without doubt.

  5. question says:

    You certainly deserve liberal (small (l) of course) praise. Now remember: all the rest is preamble-the real work is just beginning. Write-On.

  6. Leith Peterson says:

    Congratulations, James. You very much deserve it, not only for all your volunteer work, but also for your great writing. For instance, your column in today’s (August 9, 2012) London Free Press about your grandfathers’ heroic efforts at the Battle of Amiens had me on the edge of my seat. I remember your mother telling me about your grandparents’ involvement in this battle.

  7. Sheia Martindale says:

    Congratulations James! I remember your coverage of poetry readings and events when I was just getting into that scene in the late seventies/early eighties, and how much I appreciated that.

    Keep on!

    Sheila Martindale

  8. Jamelie Hassan says:

    congratulations James – very deserving! I have always admired your advocacy on behalf oy London’s heritage & your writing on a wide range of cultural issues.

    Jamelie Hassan

  9. Susan Merskey says:

    Many congratulations, James – this is a very well deserved recognition of your coverage of so many areas of music, theatre, poetry and heritage (both London’s and your own) over so many years. I really enjoyed your piece yesterday on your grandfathers’ roles in World War I – thank you for sharing the story with us.

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