The number of Sea to Sky residents who have received Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals is continuing to grow with the confirmation that two more locals have been added to the list of 60,000 Canadians - and 700 British Columbians - receiving medals for public service in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign.
To qualify, "Medal recipients have made a significant contribution to the province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada."
Said MLA Joan McIntyre, "These recipients exemplify both excellence and volunteerism at its best. They serve as positive role models for all."
The latest list of recipients includes Whistler's Sue Adams, Pemberton's Mark Blundell, Sheri Davis from Squamish and West Vancouver's Stuart McLaughlin.
Sue Addams is a champion of the arts and small business with a long list of public service in organizations and committees, including the Whistler Arts Council, Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Women of Whistler and the provincial Small Business Round Table. She's also a mentor to others, and has been involved with the Women's Enterprise Centre in encouraging female entrepreneurs and politicians. Her company owns The Grocery Store in Whistler Village as well part of the Pemberton Valley Supermarket.
"I actually heard from (MLA) Joan McIntyre about two weeks ago, and she left me a message saying 'I've got some really good news for you,'" said Adams. "I thought it was some new funding for arts and culture or something like that, because what else could it be. Then we finally connected and she told me I was receiving the medal - it was a huge honour, and I was speechless for once!"
Although she's been involved with a lot of organizations, Adams was told that it was her work as a mentor to other businesswomen that stood out, as well as her work for arts and culture - which also has a business angle.
"I've always felt that arts and culture are very important," she said. "I've been quite a proponent for using arts and culture as an economic diversifier for the community of Whistler."
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