By Chris Clark
Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece was both humbled and honoured to bestow three remarkable Mapleton citizens with special medals in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
At a brief ceremony at the library in Arthur on Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, Mr. Pettapiece recognized Jean Campbell, Paul Day and Pat Salter for their dedication of service and giving back to the community.
“There are so many people who deserve recognition for their achievements and contributions,” said Mr. Pettapiece. “Everyone who does a service to their community deserves a medal. I wish I had more awards.”
A former clerk of the village of Drayton, Jean Campbell was lauded as an outstanding volunteer. She was a Rotarian for many years, and has served on numerous community groups, such as the Drayton Citzens’ Association and Mapleton Historical Society.
Mrs. Campbell is an avid historian, having been a key individual in recording and writing the history of Drayton. She is one of the founding board members of the popular Drayton Festival Theatre, and is a well-known volunteer driver who is always willing to lend a hand.
Paul Day has been a leading volunteer and land steward in his community for many years. He co-ordinates and chairs the Trees for Mapleton program, which has led to the creation of the Wellington County Green Legacy Program. Mr. Day has spent countless hours educating residents on the importance of tree planting, and is also involved in preserving the history of Mapleton.
Over a long career at Sussman’s of Arthur, Pat Salter has always been involved in her community. She is a former Peel Township councillor and reeve, and currently serves on the Grand River Conservation Authority board.
Mrs. Salter has an extensive volunteer background, serving as warden of Grace Anglican Church, with the Alma Women’s Institute and Drayton Festival. She is also involved with the Seniors for Excellence feeding program, Arthur Chamber of Commerce and various hospital boards.
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.”