Minister of Environment Terry Lake presented the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals to Ron Quilter, Paul Kariya and Andrew Weaver today in recognition of their significant achievements and distinguished service to their fellow citizens.
Quilter is being acknowledged for his dedication to British Columbia's provincial parks system. As a public servant, Quilter works hard to cultivate a better understanding of BC Parks for everyone to enjoy.
In partnership with a diverse group of volunteers and stakeholders, Quilter was instrumental in re-creating the 1910 expedition that led to the designation of B.C.'s first provincial park. The successful Strathcona Centennial Expedition was the first major event celebrating BC Parks centennial and followed Price Ellison's footsteps from Campbell River through Strathcona Park to Port Alberni.
Kariya is being acknowledged for his commitment to the environment. As the executive director of the Clean Energy Association of British Columbia, Kariya engages with stakeholders and the general public on clean energy.
Championing for social and economic justice, Kariya has been working for over three decades to find solutions to public policy issues. Kariya serves on a number of boards and commissions that deal with Pacific salmon populations, reducing greenhouse gases and combating global warming.
Weaver is being acknowledged for his expertise on climate and ocean dynamics. He has been the lead author for reports on climate change and published two books on the subject.
As a professor in the school of earth and ocean sciences at the University of Victoria, Weaver teaches classes on earth system science and understanding the world's oceans. He is also a part of the climate modelling group involved in modelling and analysis of past, present and future climate.
Medal recipients have made a significant contribution to a province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada. Like Her Majesty, those recognized have dedicated themselves to service their fellow citizens, communities and country.
Terry Lake, Minister of Environment -
"I am very proud of the outstanding work done by Ron Quilter, Paul Kariya and Andrew Weaver. By sharing their passion for the environment and the knowledge they possess individually, they are helping to create a better future for all British Columbians."
- This commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne.
- The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country.
- During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians from across the country will be recognized.
- The government of B.C. is presenting approximately 760 medals.
- All MLAs and ministers have been involved in awarding the medals, ensuring the medals reach as many deserving people in the province as possible.
To learn more about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, visit: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14019&lan=eng
To see more photos from the event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/sets/72157632857596712/
Ministry of Environment