AIA CANADA ANNOUNCES PRESTIGIOUS DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL RECIPIENTS
OTTAWA – June 28, 2012 – The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada is honoured to be one of only 27 professional and economic groups in Canada invited by the Governor General to nominate individuals for Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. AIA Canada received 38 Medals that will be distributed to exceptional Canadians from the automotive aftermarket industry. Approximately 60,000 Canadians in total are to receive the medal over the course of the year.
«This is an incredible honour bestowed upon AIA Canada to enable us to recognize the significant contributions of professionals in our industry that make their communities and Canada a better place to live,» states AIA Canada President, Marc Brazeau. The medals will be presented to automotive aftermarket industry professionals who have distinguished themselves as highly respected community leaders.
As we enter the long weekend to celebrate Canada Day, AIA is proud to announce the first group of recipients who will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. They are:
• Dan Bell • Marie-Noëlle Bonilcazi • Jean Bouchard • Ed Coates • John Cochrane • Ken Coulter • Dennis DesRosiers • Dale Devlin • Yvan Domingue • Jean Douville • Jean Duchesneau • Bruce Eccles • John Jackson • Jean-Marc Laroche • Darryl Moroz • Brad Morris • Matt O’Brien • Jacques Parent • Rémy Rousseau • Bob Sinclair • Malcolm Sissmore • Michel Tremblay • Gaston Trudel • John Vanstone • John Watt • Zara Wishloff • Casey Wnuk
AIA Chairman of the Board John MacDonald added that, « On behalf of the industry, it will be my profound pleasure to present these great industry leaders with the recognition they deserve for their tireless efforts to better the lives of those around them. I take great honour in being the first to congratulate all of the recipients. » Recipients will be awarded their medals at various AIA events throughout the Fall of this year.
To nominate additional deserving recipients from the industry, please forward your submissions to Didina Kyenge at Didina.Kyenge@aiacanada.com.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals A new 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. To be eligible for this honour, a person must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada. To ensure that a variety of fields of activity are recognized, partner organizations were invited to nominate candidates from their community or organization for this national honour.
About AIA Canada The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada is the national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. The aftermarket is an $18.49 billion industry that employs more than 420,200 people. The industry is composed of companies that manufacture, distribute and install automotive replacement parts, accessories, tools, and equipment. AIA represents manufacturers, re-builders, manufacturers agents, warehouse distributors, national distributors, buying groups, wholesalers, machine shops, retailers, and through its councils, the interests of collision repair shops and automotive service and repair outlets. AIA’s mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in all areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry. Visit us on the web at www.aiacanada.com.
For more information, please contact:
Jason Kerr Manager, Policy & Communications AIA Canada 1272 Wellington Street West Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A7 800-808-2920, ext 234 Jason.Kerr@aiacanada.com