BURNABY, British Columbia, April 12, 2012 – Dr. Gary Birch, O.C., Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society, was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (new window) at a special presentation ceremony yesterday in Vancouver. The Right Honourable Steven L. Point, OBE, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on behalf of The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada (new window), presided over the ceremony at HMCS Discovery. This commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. 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.
“The Neil Squire Society has served over 25,000 Canadians with disabilities under the direction of Dr. Birch. His passion and dedication have made a significant contribution to the lives of Canadians with disabilities, enabling them to participate more fully in our society,” said Rob Attwell, Chair of the Neil Squire Society’s Board of Directors. “He is an inspiration to all Canadians.”
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About Neil Squire Society
Neil Squire Society is the only not-for-profit organization in Canada that for the past 27 years has used technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with physical disabilities. The Society has developed innovative programs and services and some of the world’s leading edge assistive technology for people with physical disabilities. More than 25,000 people with disabilities in Canada have benefited from the work of the Society. With about fifty staff, Neil Squire Society has offices and provides services to Canadian in Vancouver, Regina, Ottawa, Fredericton, and Moncton, as well as to many small communities across Canada via distance education.
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