Four Niverville residents are being honoured as recipients of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medals.
They are Mayor Myron Dyck, Former Mayor Gordon Daman, and long-time volunteers Shirley Hoult, and Libby Hanna.
Dyck notes receiving his medal on Monday was a humbling experience.
“You are in the same room as, there was one gentleman who was 101 years old, there was one from Stonewall and one from Roblin, one stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944, one was with bomber command and sunk six German U-boats and then there’s me. You feel like walking out, like ‘I shouldn’t be here.”
Dyck adds “it made me reflect on the many, many, many people that I know who would be more deserving than I for all that they have done for their communities and for our country.”
Shirley Hoult agrees with that sentiment. She notes it was very special.
“I am among a large number of volunteers in the Niverville community that contribute greatly to the community and make a difference and so I feel quite privileged to be chosen for this award. It has a lot of meaning to me, especially because I held the Queen in high regard for the service that she gave to the UK and to the Commonwealth and what that means.”
As Mayor of Niverville, Dyck congratulates Gordon Daman, Shirley Hoult, and Libby Hanna.
“They are very deserving, all three are individuals that have done and are doing tremendous things for the Niverville community and the area in a variety of capacities.”
Dyck says Former Mayor Gordon Daman was instrumental in bringing seniors' housing to Niverville and is also involved with the area’s wastewater treatment project.
Not only is Shirley Hoult currently involved with Communities in Bloom and the Historical Society, but Dyck says she was also instrumental in originally bringing daycare services to the community.
Of Libby Hanna, Springfield-Ritchot MLA Ron Schuler says “She has served on the Board of Directors of the Niverville Clippers Hockey and Ringette Club, been the Chair of the Board of the Niverville Credit Union, and served on the Providence University College Board of Governors. She was also one of the driving forces behind the Niverville Community Resource and Recreation Committee.”
Schuler notes all four of these individuals have had a massive impact and adds “the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medals are just one way in which we can give back to the people who have made this community a better place to live.”