Mississauga Celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee
Mississauga Celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee
Prominent Members of Mississauga Community Honoured With
Prestigious Diamond Jubilee Medal
The Hon. Harinder Takhar, MPP for Mississauga-Erindale and Minister of Government Services presented several Diamond Jubilee medals to community members in Mississauga who have made exceptional contributions to the province and country.
The medal pays special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne and honours her life-long commitment to her responsibilities. This commemorative medal provides an opportunity to recognize those individuals whose achievements have benefitted their fellow citizens, their communities their organizations and their country. Ontario is awarding over 2,000 outstanding Canadians with Diamond Jubilee Medals.
Outstanding community leaders were honoured with this prestigious medal by Hon. Harinder Takhar on August 24th, 2012 at a ceremony held at Queen’s Park.
The recepients all come from different walks of life and different backgrounds; Some have made valuable contributions to the medical field; in public health care access, in cardiology and in long term care. Some recipients in the business sector have strengthened the ties between India and Canada, and some have entrepreneurial skills that have not gone unnoticed. Ontario’s culture has evolved by some recipients who have changed the face of Punjabi entertainment and media, and some have made our world a more beautiful place through creative art.
Other recipients have made a difference in social justice by lending a helping hand in the legal field for people in need, while some have come to the rescue of vulnerable children and families through poverty reduction work.
As you see, these recipients excel in different fields but the common thread they have is their drive to make a difference. Their hard work, volunteering and dedication has helped shape our society and built a stronger community.
Vasu Chanchlani is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, well respected member of the Mississauga community who has always gone out of his way to support various projects with his generous donations such as hospitals, UNICEF, community organizations, temples, Canadian Fallen Soldiers Foundation and many more.. Mr. Chanchlani has been bestowed with numerous awards and accolades celebrating his professional, entrepreneurial and philanthropic success.
Dr. Barbara Clive has been in clinical practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Credit Valley Hospital since 1986. Her most rewarding work is that of day to day care of seniors and their families and her contribution to the senior’s need is incredible.
Kuldip Deepak, a prominent member of the television and radio broadcasting community. He is the host of the longest serving Punjabi Radio show. He has conducted several fund-raising radio-thons for community centres, temples, hospitals, etc. and raised two million dollars over the years.
Harminder Dhillon is a prominent lawyer member of the GTA’s South Asian Community. For the last 25 years he has been active in various community organizations providing voluntary legal consultations. Previously trained as an engineer, he is an editor, publisher, poet and a writer.
Michelle DiEmanuele, CEO and president of Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre, is also one of the recipients. Her commitment to public service includes solid results in healthcare, social services and justice.
Harleen Grewal a successful lawyer since 2000. A Pro-bono legal advocate for new Canadians. She is a community leader and a philanthropist, has fund-raised for numerous organizations including St. Mary’s Transitional Housing, Coptic Church, Seniors Clubs, Indian Outreach Programs and for the Canadian Sikh community.
George Hunter still going strong at 91 is one of the recipients and is very well known, most respected photographer of the 20th century. He spends seven decades photographing Canada. Photographs by Mr. Hunter have appeared on Canadian Currency, postage stamps and in numerous books and magazines.
Renuka Jeyanayagam, another deserving recipient of this prestigious medal she also volunteered internationally with Habitat for Humanity, building homes in far flung places such as Siberia. Renuka volunteers her time as the vice chair of a local non-profit, Hope4Child Relief Mission Inc., that funds the care of orphans in Sri Lanka and in Mozambique, Africa. has volunteered a considerable amount of time each year in the field in Africa. The non-profit recently completed a very successful project in Sri Lanka, supporting a 38-home build for war impacted single mothers and their children.
Vijay Kanwar, respected for his business leadership, social advocacy and generous philanthropy. Recipient of Earnst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in health sciences, New Pioneer Award in Entrepreneurship. Has always donated generously for the betterment of the community, worth mentioning is his $ 5 million donation to Credit Valley Hospital.
Jim Murray, a local businessman and an outstanding civic community leader, has devoted countless volunteer hours and has donated generously to the community. Has received numerous rewards for his outstanding contribution: Kinsmen lifetime achievement award, Gordon S. Shipp Citizen of the year 1996, Queen’s Jubilee medal 2003.
Dr. Colin Saldanha, apart from being a well reputed physician in Mississauga has volunteered in social justice, poverty reduction, immigrant and race related issues, mentorship, public policy and health awareness. He was chosen as the Mississauga citizen of the year 2010.
Harpreet Sethi, a successful and well established immigrant, Harpreet is well known for his generosity and volunteer work for numerous charities, in the local community and internationally. One notable contribution was a sizeable monetary donation to the William Osler Hospital Centre, one of Canada’s largest hospitals, Harpreet supported the Salvation Army ‘Toy Mountain’ campaign in December 2011.
“I am proud to have been given this opportunity to recognize outstanding citizens in Mississauga. Their spirit of giving back to the community is fittingly recognized with this Diamond Jubilee medal, and we are privileged to have them in our community.”
— Hon. Harinder Takhar, MPP Mississauga-Erindale and Minister of Government Services.
Find more information at the Governor General’s website.
Watch the Premier talk about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee