Feb 26, 2013

COLWOOD, BC – Mayor and Council were thrilled to see a packed house at City Hall for the February 25th Council Meeting. The Mayor honoured nine deserving local residents with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition of their outstanding service to our community.

“These are the everyday heroes that so often go unrecognized,” said Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton. “Their generosity of time and spirit and willingness to share their unique knowledge and experience play a critical role in making Colwood a great place to live, work and play.”

Mayor, Council and City staff are grateful for the energy and talents volunteered by each of the individuals recognized.

Geoff Amy – Geoff has been exemplary in his dedication to providing Emergency Services to the City of Colwood. Geoff retired from the Colwood Fire Department on January 31, 2005 after serving 40 years as Volunteer Firefighter and 5 years as Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief. Geoff was also appointed in November 1999 as the City of Colwood’s Emergency Program Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing the City’s emergency plan and the Emergency Social Services Committee. He also provides training and education to the City of Colwood and acts as a liaison with other municipal, provincial and federal agencies.

Garry and Lynette Cook – Gary and Lynette are long-time volunteers and supporters of St. John the Baptist Church and Emery Hall. They have spent countless hours maintaining the church and hall to ensure its efficiency and beauty for use and enjoyment of the community.

Lyall Erickson – If you live in Colwood, you have probably seen Lyall walking in the neighbourhood. Despite advancing years and poor eyesight, Lyall walks around the community twice a day picking up garbage and recyclables – rain or shine. He is an important presence in our community and our neighborhoods are cleaner and tidier because of his tireless efforts.

Marnie Essery – Marnie has chaired the Intermunicipal Advisory Committee on Disability Issues for 25 years. Under her guidance the committee has become one of the only advocacy committees in Canada to represent persons with disabilities of all kinds and supports the region to work cooperatively towards inclusionary policies, projects and plans.

Michael McBride – Michael is a long-time Colwood resident and veterans advocate who served 37 years of service in the Canadian Forces, retiring in 2011. He has completed multiple tours of duty as a medic, physician’s assistant, mentor, and disaster planner in Egypt, Cyprus, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, the United States, as well as migrant ships and the 2010 Olympics.

Beth Mitchell - Beth volunteers with the Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative and has been a leader for several fish counts in Colwood creeks, discovering fish where it was thought that none existed. Beth also helps keep our community safe and clean by regularly removing garbage from local beaches.

Cindy Moyer - Cindy has devoted endless hours of her time for many years to promote initiatives ranging from sustainability, arts and culture, to the economy. Cindy shows leadership in everything she does, volunteering her time and knowledge to the city to achieve the goals that represent her values and those of her community.

Joe Richardson - Joe volunteers with the Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative and the Colwood Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. He has been an active leader in organizing work parties to remove invasive plant species from local parks as well as leading several fish counts in Colwood

If you know someone in our community who dedicates time and energy to making Colwood a better place to live, work and play, we’d love to hear about them through our Pay it Forward program. The Pay it Forward program is designed to acknowledge and encourage acts of kindness, generosity, selflessness or outstanding support and contribution to the community. 


Media Contact:
Sandra Russell, Communication Manager