To Michelle McKenzie, the news was as humbling as it was surprising.
She was to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for demonstrating exceptional qualities and outstanding service to Saskatchewan in the field of politics and volunteerism.
Randy Goulden, president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), which nominated McKenzie for the award, made the presentation on Friday, February 3, in Regina.
At the February 8 meeting of Maple Creek Town Council, Councillor Leah Baratta, Deputy Mayor, congratulated McKenzie on her achievement.
“We are fortunate to have a Mayor as passionate and involved as our Mayor,” she said. “We thank you for your time, energy and desire to see Maple Creek be the best it can. Once again, congratulations Mayor Michelle.”
A post on the Town’s Facebook page acknowledged the award.
“Congratulations from the Town of Maple Creek Council and staff to Mayor McKenzie on her achievement.”
Afterwards, McKenzie told the News-Times she was honoured to receive the medal.
“I was surprised when I learned I would be receiving it,” she said. “I was also very humbled.”
The circular medal is silver and 32 mm in diameter.
The ribbon is 32 mm in width, with a white stripe in the centre, on each side of which are red stripes. It is a variation of the 1953 Coronation Medal, 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal, 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal and 2012 Diamond Jubile Medal ribbons.
The Queen died on September 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle, Scotland at the age of 96.
She was the longest-reigning British monarch.
Immediately on her passing, her eldest son, Prince Charles, became the new king.
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