Canada Day was an extra special day for five Creston Valley residents who were surprise recipients of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals.
“These people have been selected for this honour for their work in this community,” Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks said at the Creston and District Community Complex on Sunday.
Wilks spoke to a crowd of about 100 that was forced to move indoors when a torrential rain hit outdoor Canada Day festivities.
Selected for their contributions were:
•Chris Luke, who for 30 years was chief of the Lower Kootenay Band;
•Muriel Buhr, who has spearheaded massive produce and gift drives for poverty-stricken native communities in Northern Manitoba;
•Henry Schoof, a longtime Creston Rotary Club and Creston Lions Club member who also helps to promote children’s literacy by reading with students at Adam Robertson Elementary School;
•Harry Haberstock, the retired Redeemer Lutheran Church pastor whose countless efforts include helping to build Pioneer Villa and volunteering with Addiction Recovery in the Kootenays; and
•Lew Truscott, an orchardist and beekeeper whose family is celebrating 100 years of farming in the Creston Valley this year.
Presenting the medals with Wilks were Creston Mayor Ron Toyota and Regional District of Central Kootenay chair and Area B director John Kettle.
The Creston Valley recipients are among 60,000 Canadians who will be honoured in 2012 to mark the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Nominees are selected for having made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community in Canada.