Recognizing Platinum Jubilee medal recipients


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In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, ML’s across Manitoba were given the opportunity to recognize individuals in their communities who have demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of life in our province. Honourees were given a Platinum Jubilee medal, designed specifically for the occasion, as well as a certificate signed by Manitoba’s Lieutenant-Governor.

It was an honour and a privilege to have been given this opportunity to recognize the work of many incredible people as part of this celebration, and I want to publicly recognize them here:

Herb Chanin – A St. James resident and Second World War veteran who served in Bomber Command, where he sank six German submarines. He was the only survivor of a group of 11 conscripts who went to war from his high school in Stonewall.

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St. James MLA Adrien Sala is pictured with Araceli Ancheta, a Platinum Jubilee medal recipient from his constituency.

Connie Newman – A fierce and dedicated seniors’ advocate who has worked for many years to improve the lives of elderly people in Manitoba.

Ron Blatz – The long-term executive director of Discovery Children’s Centre, who has made exceptional contributions to the field of early childhood education in St. James and Manitoba.

Eddie Ayoub – A lifelong resident of St. James who has spent the last 15 years delivering free, world class arts and social programming to kids in inner-city Winnipeg.

Clayton Sandy – Recognized for his incredible contributions to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people in Manitoba.

Scott Nolan – A west Winnipeg songwriter, poet, and producer of award-winning albums who has used his skills to support the rehabilitation of individuals who have been incarcerated.

Bruce Alexander – Served for many years as a trustee with the St. James Assiniboia School Division and continues to serve youth in our community as president of the SJASD scholarship fund.

Araceli Ancheta – Serves as president of Pinays Manitoba and is a leader with a number of other important organizations serving the Filipino community in Manitoba.

Liz Jackimec – A true west Winnipeg community champion who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to improving the lives of children and families through her volunteer work with a variety of organizations in the West End.

I am truly grateful to all of these individuals for their service to the people of Manitoba. A big thank you to all of them for helping to make our province into a better place to live.

As MLA for St James, I want to hear what’s on your mind as we enter 2023. You can contact my office at 204-792-8779, or by email at

Adrien Sala

Adrien Sala
St. James MLA constituency report

Adrien Sala is the MLA for St. James.

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