THUNDER BAY – Aboriginal News – The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has announced that six Aboriginal women from Ontario have been selected by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) to receive the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. “The women nominated through the Native Women’s Association of Canada have chosen a path in life that is under-represented, but greatly needed,” explains NWAC. “The recipients of this award have been nominated by their peers for service to improve the lives of Aboriginal people. These women have served their families, their communities, and their nations. Their contributions range from bringing national attention to issues affecting Aboriginal women and girls to contributing valuable time and effort to enhance their community’s life on a day-to-day basis.”
The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created in honour of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal recognizes Canadians from all walks of life who have made significant contributions to Canada or whose achievements abroad have brought credit to Canada.
Congratulations to Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients:
- Josephine Mandamin
- Elize Hartley
- Dorothy Wynne
- Corrine Nabigon
- Agnes Bachmann
- Dr. Dawn Harvard (ONWA President)
“ONWA is very proud of each and every one of these outstanding women for all of their hard work and dedication towards Aboriginal women’s issues within Ontario,” says Betty Kennedy, ONWA Executive Director. “These women are true leaders whose strength and commitment has made lasting contributions to the lives of Aboriginal women and their families. They have selflessly dedicated their time and effort over the years to serve our Nations, their communities, and Canada in order to make this world a better place.”
The recipients received their medals at a special ceremony hosted by the Ontario Native Women’s Association on Saturday, January 26th.