The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medals

Senator Poirier recognizes five deserving individuals to receive the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medals

About the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medals 

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (New Brunswick) was created to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The medal honours The Queen and her lifelong service to Canada, as well as those residents of New Brunswick who, like Her Majesty, have been exemplary in their service to others.

The medal is silver in colour, 32mm in diameter with a ring suspension.

The obverse (front) depicts a crowned image of the Sovereign, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The design was previously used for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal, which was designed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

The reverse depicts the Queen’s Royal Cypher, which consists of a Royal Crown surmounting the letters EIIR (Elizabeth II Regina, the latter word meaning Queen in Latin), with the dates of The Queen’s Reign, 1952 and 2022, on either side at the top. The provincial shield of arms is in the centre, on either side of which are violets (the provincial flower). The motto VIVAT REGINA (“Long live The Queen!”), appears at the base.

The ribbon uses a new arrangement of the blue, red and white colours found in the 1953 Coronation Medal, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal, the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal.

 

The Recipients

  • Mr. Léonard Boucher
  • Mr. Edmond Daigle
  • Mr. Paul Maillet
  • Mr. Léonard Pitre
  • Mr. Jonathan Richard
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for New Brunswick to honour Her Majesty’s service to Canada, as well as that of residents of New Brunswick who, like Her Majesty, have been exemplary in their service to others. I had the privilege of paying tribute to Mr. Boucher, Mr. Daigle, Mr. Maillet, Mr. Pitre and Mr. Richard for their services to their community and thanking them for everything they have done and continue to do. - Senator Rose-May Poirier

Four of the five recipients of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal are veterans of the Second World War. All four were chosen by their respective legions to recognize not only their role and sacrifice in the Second World War, but also the contribution they made to their community when they returned home from the war.

In alphabetical order, they are Léonard Boucher from Bouctouche, a member of the Richibucto Legion; Edmond Daigle from Richibucto, the oldest member of the Richibucto Legion; Paul Maillet, from Coal Branch, who has provided a great deal of support to the region of Hartcourt and helped with many community activities; and Léonard Pitre, age 97, formerly of Rogersville and current resident of Miramichi, who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 12 years.

Léonard Boucher receiving his medal from Senator Rose-May Poirier
Edmond Daigle receiving his medal from Senator Rose-May Poirier
Paul Maillet receiving his medal from Senator Rose-May Poirier
Léonard Pitre receiving his medal from Senator Rose-May Poirier
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The fifth recipient, Jonathan Richard, has been a teacher at École Mgr-Marcel-François-Richard for the past three years.

He shares his passion and enthusiasm for Acadian history and culture with his students through community projects, such as cleaning headstones, creating a work of art in memory of soldiers who died on the battlefield, organizing an appreciation day for former school principles and more.

Through projects like these, the students are learning about teamwork, communication, leadership and, of course, Acadian culture.

Jonathan Richard receiving his medal from Senator Rose-May Poirier