MP Boughen hosts ceremony to award Diamond Jubilee Medals

February 11, 2013

Moose Jaw, SK; – Palliser MP Ray Boughen will be hosting an evening ceremony to present 30 outstanding individuals with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on February 9, 2013.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 60 years on the Throne as Queen of Canada. It is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to our country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

“Each recipient has made a unique and valuable contribution for the betterment of friends, family, or neighbors. I am honoured to award the Diamond Jubilee Medal to these 30 outstanding residents of Palliser,” said Mr. Boughen. “Giving back to your community and taking on challenges for the betterment of everyone is truly a remarkable service.”

Governor General David Johnson provided each Member of Parliament with an allocation of 30 medals.

A complete list of the recipients along with a short biographical note for each follows.



Pat Barnett

Pat has cared for seniors for much of her life while working in health facilities. Since retirement, she has been one of the most dedicated volunteers at the Cosmo Seniors Centre.  She has had many roles from being on the Board of Directors to coordinating lunches and events.

Bill Barry

Bill has been instrumental in providing recognition for World War II veterans through researching and authenticating thousands of names for the Saskatchewan War Memorial.   In addition, Bill has dedicated thousands of hours in the continuing development of the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial.

Doreen Bye

Doreen has volunteered with the Red Cross since 1952 responding to local disasters including the Moose Jaw plane crash. She also canvasses to raise funds for the Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Lung Association. She also is an active volunteer with the Salvation Army and Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.

Elaine Byomen

No matter where Elaine lived in Saskatchewan, she was an active volunteer within her community.  Since retirement, she has been an active volunteer at the Cosmo Seniors Centre where she organizes the Tuesday Jam Sessions, coordinates the Cosmo bar and decorates the hall.

Gerry Carline

A Retired Lt. Colonel of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association, Gerry makes presentations to schools, cadet corps and a local church. He was instrumental in organizing the restoration of the Peacock War Memorial.

Janet Day

Janet has been dedicated to improving the healthcare of people within her community for almost 20 years through her work as a First Responder, board member at Coteau Range Manor and the Five Hills Health Region.  She has volunteered many hours at the Avonlea Rink and other community functions.

Jim Deane

Jim has been an outstanding leader for the Duke of Edinburgh serving as President of the Saskatchewan division. He is a long-time volunteer across the province and is particularly dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth

Colleen Garrioch

Colleen has been a Red Cross volunteer for the past 20 years providing disaster services at the local, provincial and North American levels. She is active in many community organizations such as the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, and the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council.

Tillie Gieger

Tillie has been a member of St. John’s Ambulance since 1971. In 1982, she was vested into the Order of St. John, advanced to Officer in 1991, and Commander in 2004.  Today, Tillie has over 11,000 volunteer hours with St. John’s Ambulance.

Ron Hammond

Ron’s commitment to the community is demonstrated with his involvement with many organizations such as the Western Development Museum, the Military Museum and the Burrowing Owl.  Ron is always there to help anyone in need.

Velma Harasen

Velma is committed to building a better world. She has been very active in local, national and international causes. She is currently the national President of the Catholic Woman’s League of Canada. She is an active volunteer with Visitation House and a Palliative Care Ward.  She is committed to fighting poverty and human trafficking. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI presented her with the Medal Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice.

John Harmer

John has been a member of St. John Ambulance since 1990, always going above and beyond what was expected. He has travelled around the province teaching Standard First Aid and Personal Care Worker Classes. John was awarded as an Officer of St. John’s Ambulance.

Ken Hawkes

Since Ken’s retirement, he has been active in promoting veterans rights and many volunteer activities including serving as a Board member for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation and the Five Hills Health Region and co-chairing the Family First Radiothon, organizing Canada Day Celebrations in Moose Jaw and more.

Michelle Hunter

Michelle’s volunteerism is extensive and includes serving as a Director for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Saskatchewan Arts Board and the 2013 Juno Awards to be hosted by Regina and Moose Jaw in April.  Michelle has been involved with Saskatchewan Mental Health, YWCA Regina, Regina Lions’ Junior Band and many other organizations.

Lyle Johnson

Lyle began his Cadet career in 1964 and, over the years, has mentored many of the youth in our Country.   He has served on the board of Crime-Stoppers since its inception in 1984.  Lyle is the facilitator to the Youth Advisory Committee to the City Council, Chairman of the Festivals Committee and the Saskatchewan Drama Association.

Dylan Lawrence

After seeing the movie Blood Diamond, Dylan gathered school supplies, computers, and raised funds for a school in Sierra Leone with the help of Vanier School and the SaskTel Junior Pioneers Program. Dylan serves as an advisory role to Métis youth groups and organized a ‘Say No to Drugs Concert’.

Ryan Lawrence

Ryan has taken a leadership role in Métis Youth Group Local 160 and YMCA’s youth mentorship program. As part of the Métis Youth Drug and Heritage Patrol, Ryan arranged for local high school students to participate in a drunk driving simulation through a partnership with Cineplex and the Moose Jaw City Police.

Russ McKnight

Russ is well known in Moose Jaw as a prolific volunteer through his roles as President and or Director of 31 community groups and associations. His participation extends mostly to Community Service; Multiculturalism; and Arts and Culture organizations.

Gary Nelson

Gary has done significant volunteering in the community to make Avonlea a better place to live.  He is a member of the Dunnet Regional Park Authority promoting growth of the regional park.  He serves on various committees including the Avonlea Centennial Committee and the Committee to have Avonlea declared as ‘Riderville’.

Scott Osmachenko
Scott has volunteered with the Red Cross since 2004 which includes his service as a representative for Western Canada. Scott serves as Chair for the South West District Sport Culture and Recreation Association.  He was the chef de mission for Team South West in the Saskatchewan Games in 2012.  Scott is an excellent mentor and role model for youth in our community.

Rae Reid

Rae worked with Youth Unlimited to establish a program of support and supervision for aboriginal children. He was the founder and President of the Delta Blues Association of Canada which promoted traditional blues music. He is involved in the Royal United Services Institute of Regina which supports our Canadian Forces.

Dorothy Rhead

As a long-time member of the Air Force Association of Canada, Dorothy had many roles and worked tirelessly on behalf of the membership.  She volunteers her time with Habitat for Humanity ensuring that homes are ready for deserving candidates.  She is also an active member of the Canadian Club, Saskatchewan Trails Association and Wascana Wanderers Club.

Stephen Richardson

Stephen has been an active member of Moose Jaw’s Royal Canadian Legion and the Supplementary Reserve.  He has been Deputy Commander of the Colour Party for the last 16 years.  He has volunteered for numerous other committees within the Community.

Eunice Rivers

Eunice has been instrumental in the daily functioning at Cosmo Seniors Centre for the past 10 years.  She is an active board member and is responsible for arranging pancake breakfasts and craft sales.

Shirley Schneider

Shirley established the Shirley Schneider Support Centre whose focus is to help keep teen mothers in school.   She also helped open the Mackenzie Infant Care Centre providing daycare for 24 infants and 15 toddlers.

Terrence Sinclair

Terrence has worked for over 30 years to preserve the heritage of Saskatchewan through archaeology, architecture, oral and military history programs.  He conceived, researched and wrote plaques marking sites associated with this province’s Victoria Cross recipients.

Sonja Susut

Sonja has served provincially in many capacities in order to strengthen a respectful voice for teachers. She has served as counsellor to her colleagues in crisis for many years and is recognized as a calm and respected leader in education.

Ray Taylor

Ray supported and installed water filtration systems during the crisis in Haiti which has allowed thousands of people in Haiti to have clean water.  Ray has actively supported various community projects and groups such as the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners, the Hillcrest Sports Centre, the Moose Jaw curling rink project and the Moose Jaw Multiplex Project  to name a few.

Renee Wilkinson

Renee is involved with many organizations and charities such as Girl Guides, Walk for a Cause and the Military Police Blind Children’s Fund.  She helped organize schools to colour and put messages of support on Maple Leafs and sent them to sailors in the Gulf on Canada Day.

Mac Wilson

Mac is a highly decorated World War II veteran and a committed member of the Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion where he goes above and beyond to support Veterans and their families.