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On May 3rd, during a special program held at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, the volunteers of BAPS were proudly awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their tireless voluntary efforts for the betterment of society. Senator Dr. Asha Seth presented the award saying that this honour is reserved for those who have made, “a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.” The youths of BAPS accepted the award on behalf of all of the BAPS volunteers’

Among the many dignitaries who were witness to this ceremony included:

  • Hon. Bal Gosal, MP, Bramalea - Gore - Malton, Minister of State (Sport)
  • Hon. Charles Sousa, MPP, Ontario's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games
  • Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP for Etobicoke North
  • Peter Sutherland, former High Commissioner to India
  • Paul Alofs, President and CEO, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation

About the Diamond Jubilee Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

A new commemorative medal 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. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program. For more information about the Medal, please visit:

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