Kang among jubilee honourees
By Communications Staff
February 06, 2012
Western University professor Chil-Yong Kang was named among 60 Canadians today to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to present the medals at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Kang was honoured for advancing scientific research and his dedication to finding a preventative vaccine for HIV.
“Over the past 60 years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has served our country with distinction and dedication and continues to show Canada her generosity and affection,” the Prime Minister said. “These medals honour those Canadians who follow the fine tradition of service so exemplified by Her Majesty.”
The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to recognize Canadians from all walks of life who have made significant contributions or whose achievements abroad have brought credit to Canada. A total of 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals will be given to Canadians throughout the year.
The inaugural set of 60 medals was presented on the first day of Diamond Jubilee Week (Feb. 6-12) which launches the Diamond Jubilee Year in Canada. This date commemorates the Queen’s accession to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952.
This inaugural medal presentation is one of several events planned for the year. Other Diamond Jubilee celebrations include themed festivals and special events, as well as a host of community-based activities across the country.
The medal is administered by The Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
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