I know Mayor Karen Farbridge isn't exactly everyone's favourite person, but you have to admire someone who's given a lot to her community, right?
Well in that spirit, the Mayor's being given a Diamond Jubilee medal for all her years of service to the Royal City, and for all her work to help make Guelph a better place.* Farbridge is one of 60,000 Canadians who have received the medal in recognition for their accomplishments in this 60th anniversary marking Queen Elizabeth II's coronation and ascension to the throne.
(*Naturally, you may feel that the Mayor has not made the City a better place, and that's okay, perhaps we have an opportunity here to leave politics to the side and appreciate that our Mayor has been recognized with such an auspicious prize. No? Well, I tried.)
Here's the press release:
February 5, 2013, Guelph, ON – Mayor Karen Farbridge has been honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her contributions to the local community and Canada.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) selected Mayor Farbridge to receive the medal.
“I am humbled to accept this medal and I would like to thank FCM for not only recognizing me but the City of Guelph’s efforts in building a great City,” noted Mayor Farbridge.
In an e-mail notification last week to Mayor Farbridge, FCM President Karen Leibovici said, “FCM chose you to receive this distinction for your exemplary efforts to make your community a great place to live.”
President Leibovici further noted that, “In partnership with other local leaders, and with federal, provincial and territorial governments, your municipality is helping to build a safer, stronger and more prosperous future for your community and all Canadians.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne in 1952. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.