In an organization that is filled with volunteers giving hundreds of selfless hours, and each putting their life on the line for others, it is sometimes hard to pull any one member from the crowd and recognize them. In the case of North Shore Rescue, the Chancellery of Honours, as part of the office of the Governor General, has managed to pull not one, but three very deserving members from our midst and recognize each of them with a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Founding member Karl Winter, along with Tim Jones and Ron Royston each received their awards in various presentations over the past few weeks. All three of these members are life members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty countless times. Between them, they have over hundred years of service to the community! They have been leaders in the transformation of not only North Shore Rescue, but also provincially contributing to SAR as a whole.

As stated on the website for the award: “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.” These three members are exemplars of what true community leaders look like and what achievements can be attained through volunteerism at its finest.