BARRIE, ON – Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation is fast approaching. The previous Conservative government put significant funding and work into plans for Canada’s 150th birthday. However, in 2016, the Liberal government cancelled the commemorative medal for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation.
In an effort to ensure that deserving individuals in Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte would receive the recognition deserved, Member of Parliament Alex Nuttall called upon constituents to nominate exceptional individuals, volunteers, groups, businesses and/or not-for-profit organizations who have gone above and beyond to serve our community or country for the John Graves Simcoe Medal of Excellence. John Graves Simcoe was a British army general and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 until 1796. He was instrumental in introducing institutions such as courts of law, trial by jury, English common law, and the eventual abolition of slavery. His legacy preceded him as he named both Simcoe County and Lake Simcoe.
The nomination period ran for 4 weeks, beginning April 3rd and ending April 28th, 2017. All nominations were reviewed with thorough consideration, and shared with local municipal leaders for review.
With overwhelming interest from the community in this initiative, MP Alex Nuttall expanded this award to 150 recipients being recognized at three special ceremonies held in June. Successful nominees have been invited to one of the three invite-only events, where they will be presented with their John Graves Simcoe Medal of Excellence. All nominees will receive a distinctive Canada 150 commemorative certificate in recognition of their contributions.
“Canada’s 150th birthday is an important opportunity to celebrate Canada’s shared history and achievements”, said Alex Nuttall. “The 150th Anniversary of Confederation is a pivotal milestone in our nationhood. Knowing and appreciating our history provides the best way to bind us together and to take pride in our national identity. It is a fantastic occasion to celebrate the important contributions and achievements of ordinary Canadians which often go unnoticed and unrecognized.”
“I would like to wish every Canadian a very happy Canada 150 this year. I know that in Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte, we will be celebrating the true north strong and free”, concludes MP Alex Nuttall.