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Current Awards:  Victoria Cross OMM/MMM MSM (Cdn) MiD    
Former Awards: Imp.Honours & Foreign DSO MC DCM MSM (Brit) MM 
Service Awards: United Nations NATO Foreign Volunteer Long  
Commemoratives: Confederation Jubilee Provincial      

Queen's Jubilee Medals

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal

From the website of the Governor General:

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIís accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.

Canadians in all walks of life were recognized by the award of the Diamond Jubilee medal, and serving soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders have been recognized via a number of routes. Nominations were put forward at the request of 41 Canadian Brigade Group to be recognized as part of the Canadian Forces' official allotment of medals, and several members of the regimental family were also recognized for military and community-related work by organizations outside the military, as members of the community (civic groups, government officials, etc.) were also given allotments to distribute to deserving Canadians.

Two soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders were presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Army Ball in Ottawa in May 2012. On Remembrance Day (11 November 2012) The Calgary Highlanders presented an allotment of Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals. Nominees were selected from across 41 Canadian Brigade Group in order to ensure fair distribution across the officer, warrant officer, and non-commissioned member populations, and deserving members were selected based on merit and relative contributions to both the military and their communities. Only serving members of the regiment were considered for these nominations. Three additional presentations were made at the Mens' Christmas Dinner on 15 December 2012.

The complete list of serving soldiers of the The Calgary Highlanders who have been presented the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal is as follows (citations and other information is provided where known):

Lieutenant Colonel M.J. Owens, CD - Commanding Officer.

LCol Owens has served in the Regiment as a junior leader and in all officer ranks from Officer Cadet to Lieutenant Colonel. His career has included an operational tour with UNPROFOR.

Major Simon Cox, CD

Maj Cox has been employed as a junior and senior officer in the Regiment, and was Mentioned in Despatches for combat leadership in Afghanistan, the first Calgary Highlander to be so recognized since the Second World War.

Major K.W. Clapperton, CD - Deputy Commanding Officer.

The nomination read: "For his dedication to the unit and community. His constant effort to bridge a working relationship between the Calgary Police services and the military community has allowed serving soldiers working in both fields the necessary time off to participate in unit training."

Major R. Palmer

Major Palmer was employed as the Officer Commanding "A" Company at the time of the award. The award was presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on 9 October 2012.

Captain A. Beauchamp

The award was presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on 11 September 2012.

Captain P.J. Boyle

Captain Boyle was employed as the Officer Commanding "HQ" Company as well as Regimental Museum Curator at the time of his award. The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta presented the award on 14 May 2012.

Captain K. Nettleton

Captain Nettleton was employed as the Regimental Padre at the time of the award. The award was presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on 9 October 2012.

Captain S.A. Zivkow, CD - Adjutant and Regimental Support Staff.

Captain Zivkow is a full time soldier of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. The nomination read: "For outstanding long term initiative, leadership and guidance, while deployed overseas with 1 PPCLI in Afghanistan 2009 and the short notice deployments to support the community during Winnipeg floods in 1997 and 2011."

Chief Warrant Officer R.S. Besse, CD - Regimental Sergeant Major.

The nomination stated: "For dedication to the unit and community, and constant effort to support the soldiers of his unit. His willingness at a drop of a hat to take time off work to greet returning soldiers from overseas defines what a true leader really is."

Warrant Officer J. Boutin, CD

WO Boutin, a Regular Force soldier from the Royal 22e Regiment, served as Regimental Support Staff and Ops and Training WO. The nomination stated: "For leadership and expertise beyond his rank. With years of experience and overseas deployments, he had provided the unit with extensive guidance and skills when planning unit activities. His devotion and attention is worthy of the highest praise."

Master Warrant Officer G.R. Downey, CD - QMSI

MWO Downey has served in the Calgary Highlanders since the 1970s and served as the Quartermaster Senior Instructor (QMSI) at the time of the award. The nomination stated: "For outstanding service to the unit and support to the cadet movement, volunteering his spare time to mentor local cadet corps in CF ethics and values, promoting a safe and meaningful environment for the cadets to foster friendship and teamwork."

Master Warrant Officer C.T. Tucker, CD - Company Sergeant Major.

MWO Tucker was employed as the Company Sergeant Major of "HQ" Company at the time of the award. A competitive player on the regimental hockey team, he has served on operational tours in the Balkans and Afghanistan. The nomination read: "For dedication to the unit and Canadian Forces, as he assisted in organizing a unit hockey team to foster soldier cohesion and through his civilian employment, to hire military members for those who redeployed from overseas and (were) having difficulty adjusting."

Warrant Officer James R. MacDonald, CD  
Sergeant Steven Klein, CD  
Master Corporal S.D. McDermott

MCpl McDermott was employed as a section commander with "A" Company at the time of his award. The nomination read: "For his dedication to the unit and Canadian Forces by volunteering for many domestic and overseas deployments throughout his career. His dedication to his fellow soldiers has inspired him to assist with CF disabled soldiers initiatives."

Corporal R.J. Green

Cpl Green was employed as a rifleman with "A" Company at the time of the award. The nomination read: "For outstanding dedication to the unit, Canadian Forces and community while balancing his pursuit of completing his degree, actively parading with the unit, and his volunteer work by feeding the homeless in Calgary.

Corporal A.M. Holloway

Corporal Holloway was employed as a rifleman in "A" Company at the time she received her award. The nomination read: "For her dedication to the unit and community. Joining the Canadian Forces to make a difference, the values taught inspired her to give back to her community by becoming a Registered Nurse. Her female peers and others in the CF have emulated her ethics and values."

Corporal A. Wasilewski Corporal Wasilewsi was employed as a rifleman in "A" Company at the time of his award. The nomination read: "For outstanding leadership and experience beyond his rank, promoting the Commanding Officer's goals for physical fitness and volunteering his free time to conduct unit run fitness classes which resulted in fitter soldiers when the Battalion was deployed."
Piper D. Mitchell

Piper Mitchell, a volunteer with the Regimental Pipes and Drums, received his award from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, on 9 October 2012.


ribbonqgjm.gif (1154 bytes) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal

The Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is presented as a commemoration of the reign of Canada's Sovereign, and the Colonel-In-Chief of the Calgary Highlanders.

The medal was presented in 2002-2003 to Canadians from all walks of life, including the military, and recipients were generally selected for outstanding service to the communities in which they lived or worked.

The recipients chosen by The Calgary Highlanders are listed below.  Coincidentally, Lieutenant King had also been the recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal, presented in 1977 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Lieutenant Brian S. King, CD smith.jpg (7396 bytes)
Sgt Michael Smith
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Cpl Jamie Moreau, in the uniform of the Regimental hockey team, the Oak Leafs.

Sergeant Michael Smith, CD
Sergeant Anthony Poirier, CD

Corporal Jamie Moreau


Also included in the list of Calgary Highlanders awardees should be Captain Fiona McLean, who was presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in June 1993 by Her Honour Lois Hole, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Alberta.  The award reflected Captain McLean's service to Her Honour as Aide-de-Camp (ADC).

ribbonqsjm.gif (1157 bytes) Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

This  medal was instituted on 6 February 1977, with most awards made that year, including 7,000 to the Canadian Forces (5,500 to the Regular Force and 1,500 to the Reserves).  Regular Force awards went to all serving General Officers, 50% of colonels, 25 percent of Lieutenant Colonels, 20 percent of majors, and 5 percent to captains and lieutenants (or equivalent ranks in the naval service) with 4,000 awards going to other ranks (50 percent of Chief Warrant Officers, 25 percent of MWOs, 15 percent of WOs, 5 percent of sergeants, 5 percent of master corporals, and 5 percent of corporals).

In the Reserves, Commanding Officers were permitted to use their discretion in selecting medal recipients.  In the Calgary Highlanders, those recipients included:

Honourary Lieutenant Colonel Mark Tennant, CM, ED, CD
Lieutenant Colonel S E Blakely
(DCO of Southern Alberta Militia District)
Sergeant Brian S. King


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