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Reichardt, Walker, Nickisch and Hearn earn Queens Diamond Jubilee honours

Bruce Fuhr
By Bruce Fuhr
September 27th, 2012

Joan Reichardt of Nelson is “really thrilled” to join three others —  Kaslo’s Bruce Walker, Shannon Nickisch of Sirdar and Salmo’s Dorothy Hearn — as area recipients of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medals.

The longtime volunteer just wants to thank the nominator for getting her name onto the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal list.

“What makes it nice is local people in the community did the voting . . . I just want to thank all the people who voted for me and especially the person who put my name forward,” Reichardt told The Nelson Daily.

“I have no idea how my name got on that list . . . I know it wasn’t anyone from my family I do know that much,” she added.

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall made the announcement for the prestigious honour following a two-month process.

“I am very excited and pleased with the whole selection process,” Mungall said.

“There were so many people involved in deciding the recipients of this prestigious award, and the choices are clearly well respected pillars of their communities.”

The award was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country.

Those nominated had to be Canadian citizens or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada.

The person must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.

After beginning the search process in August, Mungall’s board of Brian Lawrence, Dan Miles, Mungall, Janine Haughton and Rona Park narrowed a mountain of nominations down to 13 candidates.

The four finalists were chosen, from nearly 700 votes, during online balloting between September 7-21.

“It’s special because I am a Brit,” Reichardt  explained. “The Queen is a little bit older than me but not much.

“It’s really quite special . . .. I was really, really thrilled. It’s a real honour.”

The 80-plus Reichardt, one of Nelson’s greatest volunteers, has sat on the boards of BC Transit and Mount St. Francis as well as the Nelson and District Housing Society for more than two decades.

Reichardt, Walker, Nickisch and Hearn will be honored at a ceremony hosted by Mungall in the New Year.

“I want to congratulate and thank everyone that was nominated, submitted a nomination, and voted,” Mungall said.

“We are very lucky to live in such engaged communities, and it is wonderful to recognize those working to make our country great.”

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