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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Ceremony

The Society hosted a ceremony at the Army Officers Mess in Ottawa on April 2, 2012, during which Mr. Kevin MacLeod, Canadian Secretary to the Queen, presented Society recipients with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Society had previously been selected by the Diamond Jubilee Medal program at Rideau Hall as a partner organization and was given an allotment of 30 medals.

An ad-hoc sub-committee, chaired by former President Dr. Denis St-Onge, was established to advise on meritorious fellows, volunteers and staff who have contributed to the Society and advanced its important programs. It should be noted that Fellows of the Society who are recipients of the Order of Canada are automatically awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

For more photos from the reception, click here.

Society Recipients of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal:

Bruce Amos
Bruce Amos is a Vice-president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Chair of Canadian Geographic Enterprises. Following a 30-year distinguished career with Parks Canada, Mr. Amos is now the North American Vice-Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.

Connie Wyatt Anderson
Connie Wyatt Anderson is a dedicated and inspiring educator who has devoted her professional life to advancing geographic education in Canada. She is passionate about Aboriginal education, and works towards creating inclusive educational programs.

Phyllis Arnold

Phyllis Arnold is the founder of Arnold Publishing, and a leading volunteer and supporter of the RCGS. She received the RCGS's 2001 Geographic Literacy Award, and has established the Phyllis Arnold Endowment Fund to enhance geographic literacy.

Dr. Samuel P. Arseneault
Dr. Samuel Arseneault joined The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1995 and served as a governor for six years. His volunteer work has been exemplary. In 2004, he was awarded the Camsell Medal in honour of his dedicated service to the Society.

Kenneth L.W. Boland
Ken Boland has served The Royal Canadian Geographical Society both professionally and as a volunteer for nearly two decades. He was awarded the Camsell Medal in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding service to the Society.

Dr. Christopher Burn
Dr. Christopher Burn studies aspects of Canada's North, including the effects of climate change on permafrost. He was appointed a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1998 and served as a Vice-President from 2005-2009.

Dr. Arthur E. Collin
Dr. Art Collin, a marine scientist who studied the Arctic Archipelago, was President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society from 1998-2004. He was awarded the Camsell Medal in 2011 for outstanding service to the Society.

Dr. Wade Davis
Wade Davis is a Harvard-trained anthropologist and ethnobotanist and Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic. The author of 13 books, he received the Gold Medal of the RCGS in 2009 and delivered the prestigious 2009 Massey Lectures.

Beth Dye
As a devoted educator and member of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Beth Dye has made a lasting impact on education in Canada. Her dedication and leadership have made Canada better known internationally in the field of geographic education.

Keith Exelby
Keith Exelby is a Fellow and Treasurer of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. His career with HSBC Bank Canada included the role of Vice President and Ottawa Branch Manager.

Dr. C. Brad Faught
Brad Faught specializes in the history of British nineteenth century empire and religion. He teaches at Tyndale University College, Toronto, and has written several books. He serves on the Expeditions and Awards Committees of the RCGS.

Gavin Fitch
Gavin Fitch is a leading environmental and energy lawyer, based in Calgary. He serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton and a Vice President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Dr. J. Keith Fraser
Keith Fraser, a veteran of World War II, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He became a Fellow of the RCGS in 1959 and served as Executive Director from 1982 until 1990. He was awarded the Camsell Medal for his service to the Society in 1992.

Lieutenant (N) Joseph Frey
Joseph G. Frey is an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. He has been on scientific expeditions in the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica. He was a Vice President of the Explorers Club of New York, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows.

John Grigsby Geiger
John Grigsby Geiger is President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is the author of five books of non-fiction. He is Editorial Board Editor at The Globe and Mail, and a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.

Linda Gollick
Linda Gollick is a geography educator and member of the OAGEE devoted to helping students become geographically literate. She was the provincial coordinator for the Ontario Great Canadian Geography Challenge starting with its inception in 1995.

Norman Hallendy
Norman Hallendy’s work in preserving Inuit culture and his dedication to documenting their beliefs, traditions and daily life in southwest Baffin is renowned. The former Commissioner of Nunavut, Peter Irniq, described him as a friend to all Inuit.

Lt Col (Retd) Brian Hodgson
Lt Col (Retd) Brian Hodgson is an executive of the Edmonton Salvation Army Advisory Board, the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment Foundation and the Royal Commonwealth Society. He is a Governor of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Gisèle Jacob
A former senior executive in the public service, Gisèle Jacob appointed The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s first President, a position she held from 2004 to 2010. She received the Camsell Medal in 2011 in recognition of her ongoing commitment to geographical education and the Society itself. She continues to serve as the Society’s Chair of the Fellows Committee.

J. Edward Johnson
Edward Johnson has played a pivotal role in The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for 17 years serving on several committees. He was awarded the Camsell Medal in 2009 in honour of his dedicated service to the Society.

Carman Joynt
For more than three decades, Carman Joynt served as the Society's auditor, providing invaluable financial advice. He is now a volunteer member of several committees, and in 2008 was awarded the Camsell Medal for outstanding service to the Society.

Helen Kerfoot
Helen Kerfoot, Emeritus Scientist with Natural Resources Canada, has served The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for 18 years. In 2010, she was awarded the Camsell Medal in honour of her tireless dedication to the Society.

Andrew James Lovesey
Andrew Lovesey is the social media editor of Canadian Geographic. He is a writer, a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Student Member of the Explorers Club. He has been voluntarily consulting with the Society for nearly three years.

R. Louise Maffett
A graduate in geography from Carleton University and former director of the postage, philatelic and retail products division for Canada Post, Louise Maffett was Executive Director of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for 15 years.

James W. Maxwell
A former Executive Director of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in the 1990s, James Maxwell helped establish the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, which is aimed at strengthening geographic education in the classroom.

Nigel Reeve Molaro
Nigel Reeve Molaro works in public affairs, with past service to the prime minister, the federal ministry and the House of Commons. He holds a B.A. (University of Ottawa) and is a Fellow of and volunteer for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Élisabeth Nadeau
A former Assistant Deputy Minister in the public service, Élisabeth Nadeau has served on the Board of Governors of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society from 2006 to 2009. She continues to be actively involved with the Society as a volunteer.

André Préfontaine
Following a distinguished career in journalism and publishing, André Préfontaine was appointed Executive Director of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in January 2011. His exemplary leadership is marked by inspiration and dedication.

Dr. Paul Ruest
Paul Ruest is a vice-president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and has been a leader in the field of education for over 30 years. His work and leadership have contributed to the creation of French schools and French immersion schools.

Wendy Simpson-Lewis
Wendy Simpson-Lewis joined The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1982. She was awarded the Camsell Medal in 1994 in honour of her outstanding service to the Society and continues to serve today as the Society's archivist.

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