By Chris Clark
special to the express
ARTHUR – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece was both humbled and honoured to bestow a longtime Minto citizen with a special medal in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
At a brief ceremony at the library in Arthur on Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, Pettapiece recognized Clifford resident Ray Wightman for his dedication of service and giving back to his community.
“There are so many people who deserve recognition for their achievements and contributions,” said Pettapiece. “Everyone who does a service to their community deserves a medal. I wish I had more awards.”
Lauded as an innovator and business leader, Wightman transformed the telecommunications business and built what is today known as Wightman Telecom. He brought new technologies to communities in the area, and has seen his sons continue the family tradition of hard work and success.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a new commemorative medal given in honour of her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne, and in recognition of those who have made a difference in the service of others. Mr. Pettapiece called it an honour to meet last week’s recipients, and to present them with one of the 60,000 medals awarded across Canada.
“No matter what you do or where you end up in life, be of service to your community,” concluded Mr. Pettapiece. “That will be your reward.”