Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mayor Olsen receives Diamond Jubilee Award

Councillor Wayne Oliver (l) and Mayor Ernie Olsen (right)
C. Davis photos

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The first order of business for the Town of Pincher Creek Council at their regular meeting on the evening of Monday, February 25 was to present Mayor Ernie Olsen with a Diamond Jubilee Award.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s throne acquisition as Queen of the Commonwealth. This medal is incorporated into Canada’s show of appreciation for Her Majesty’s service to our country.

In addition, the Diamond Jubilee Medal serves to recognize and honour outstanding community achievements and contributions by Canadians.

"Our Mayor, his Worship Ernie Olsen was nominated for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Award, and he's a recipient of that," said Councillor Wayne Oliver, announcing the presentation.

Mayor Olsen, Councillor Oliver, Director of Finance/Human Resources Wendy Catonio
Councillor Oliver read the declaration letter that accompanied the award, which was signed by Governor General of Canada David Lloyd Johnston.

After reading the letter Councillor Oliver said "Mayor Olsen, on behalf of the Town of Pincher Creek, and the rest of the Council, we thank you so much for your service, and we have for you this plaque, and also this medal.  On a personal note, I have learned so much under your tutelage."

Mayor Olsen looked both pleased and abashed.   "I would like to say I'm deserving," he said, "but a Mayor is only as good as his Council, and we're only as good as the citizens they serve.  So this is a Pincher Creek honour, rather than my honour.  Thank you."

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