A very special day today and one that has me reflecting over the year and years. Today I was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and it was humbling to say the least. There were 12 recipients today at the District of North Vancouver Hall and we were all piped, a few quick speeches and then one by one a short bio was read and we went up to receive the award. I don’t even really recall what was said during mine because I was thinking of the many students, alumni, organizations and experiences that I have that brought me here today.
There were amazing stories about the 12 recipients. They ranged in age from 17 to 70+. All had accomplished greatness in service to the community. These people care and put to action their passions. I was in the presence of greatness. Our MP Andrew Saxton presented the awards and Councillor Mike Little emceed. I appreciated that during the ceremony, family members were acknowledged and it was fitting because Sadhna has been a part of this award because of her patience with me being so busy. I have to thank Derek for coming out to share in the moment.
For me personally…well I am a bit overwhelmed by it all. The many congratulations and well wishes have made this an exceptional experience. I get thanked a lot by my students/alumni but I want to thank you all (each and every one of you) for being my inspiration. You strive to greatness and it has been a pleasure to be on your journey. When my nominator put a request for testimonial, he was inundated with 10 pages worth and that is what made all the difference (as told to me by the selection committee). I got a chance to read them and I will say that while the medal is a wonderful recognition, the 10 pages of testimonials are gold to me. As you know what I say, “Everyone’s life is an autobiography…but make yours worth reading!” and you have helped me with mine! Thank you, thank you, thank you (hands together and bowing to you all)…is all I can say and you have my gratitude and appreciation. Today I have a diamond and golden day.