Minister of State for Small Business presents Diamond Jubilee Medals
Economy, Families Friday, February 15, 2013 1:30 PM

NORTH VANCOUVER - Minister of State for Small Business Naomi Yamamoto is presenting Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals to Dee Dhaliwal and Douglas Smith.

The presentations will take place at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in recognition of their significant achievements and distinguished service to their fellow citizens.

Dhaliwal is being acknowledged for her tireless community involvement and public service. From her work on various community and professional boards, committees and foundations, she has given generously of her time for the betterment of local citizens. She is a learner, painter, mother, publisher, volunteer and sommelier.

Smith is being acknowledged for his belief that it is a fundamental responsibility to give back to the community in which one lives, works and plays. Smith consistently gives his time, energy and talent to many and various organizations to ensure the North Shore remains a dynamic and liveable community. Additionally, as vice-president of corporate affairs for North Shore Credit Union, Smith is the executive sponsor of the organization's corporate giving and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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.


Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business -

"North Vancouver is blessed to have community members such as Dee Dhaliwal and Douglas Smith, who are incredibly deserving of this recognition. They set a great example in the community and demonstrate the positive impact that volunteering and public service can have. I offer sincere congratulations to them both and thank them for their dedication and hard work in North Vancouver."

Quick Facts:

  • 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 of B.C's MLAs and ministers have been involved in awarding the medals, ensuring they reach as many deserving people in the province as possible.

Learn More:

To learn more about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, visit:


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