Senator Don Plett presents former City of Steinbach councillor Art Rempel with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Former City of Steinbach councillor Art Rempel was among 26 recipients recently honoured with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals.
On July 20 nearly one hundred people attended the event which saw Senator Don Plett presenting the recipients with their awards. Plett was born and raised in Landmark.
“Medals were given out to people who stood out in their communities,” stated Plett. ‘This is about recognizing every day Canadians that do so much to make our country what it is.”
Each senator was given thirty medals to hand out. Plett says he has four more to give out.
“Who to choose is a very difficult task,” Plett noted.
Rempel was pleased to be one of the recipients of this special honour.
“At the end of the day it is nice when someone says thank you for your service,” Rempel says. “Politicians are not appreciated very much.”
Rempel retired from politics two years ago after thirty two years in local politics. He started his career as a trustee for the Hanover School Division where he sat for 13 years. He then spent nineteen years as an City of Steinbach councillor.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal will be awarded to 60,000 Canadians. The new commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.