||Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's
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
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
|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
|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
|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,
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.
|Sergeant Steven Klein, CD
|Master Corporal S.D.
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
|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.
||Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee
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.
|Lieutenant Brian S. King,
Sgt Michael Smith
Cpl Jamie Moreau, in the uniform of the Regimental hockey team, the Oak
Sergeant Michael Smith, CD
|Sergeant Anthony Poirier,
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).
||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