Just prior to Remembrance Day I received an email from a kind reader who wanted to bring some attention for two great people.
Sixty years ago Jim Stephen was one of 12 members from his battalion invited to represent Canada in the Coronation Parade when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952. Jim was awarded the Coronation Medal and received a letter from Buckingham Palace commemorating this special event.
Now, 60 years later and following in Jim’s footsteps is granddaughter Danielle Arnold. Danielle just received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of volunteering with the United Way.
Danielle received this honour with 33 other individuals on Oct. 31 at the From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians exhibit. The awards were handed out by Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country, and at the same time honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
When Danielle was asked about her experiences with United Way here in Winnipeg she recalled one moment that has stuck with her over the years.
"We were responsible for allocating funds to support youth-driven projects around the city, and one of these was a holiday party put on by Kelvin High School students for a local elementary school. The younger children were so excited to have a chance to celebrate the holidays, and for many, this was their only celebration that year. They were so appreciative of the pancake breakfast and small gift they received."
Danielle went on to say: "I realized that there are dozens of agencies doing similar amazing work. United Way ensures that even a small donation can go a long way in improving someone’s life. That’s why people should give to United Way"
United Way of Winnipeg raises funds in the community in support of a network of essential agencies and programs. Campaigns are volunteer-driven, and supported by a network of community leaders.
All donations raised through its annual campaign go directly into the community through agencies and programs. Fundraising and administrative costs are offset through a provincial grant, special events, and investment income. In 2011, Winnipeggers raised $19.7 million in support of 104 agencies.
Danielle was raised in Charleswood where her family still resides. She remains well connected with the United Way in Toronto where she currently lives.
If you want more information on United Way and how to get involved visit unitedwaywinnipeg.ca.
Travis Mitchell is a community correspondent for Charleswood. Comments and story ideas can be sent to him at email@example.com.