Two Fort Macleod residents were honoured Thursday for volunteer service to their community.
Janet Archer and Frank Cotton were among 33 people to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony at the Galt Museum.
The medals, struck to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, were presented by Alberta Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethell.
“We’re honouring some outstanding citizens who have done a great deal to make this province and nation a home we can all be proud of,” Ethell said. “These medal recipients represent the true excellence and dedication to duty. They have served the greater good with honour and distinction.”
“Over the past year Canadians have been honouring a monarch who for six decades has offered a sterling example of service above self,” Ethell said. “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II represents everything that is good about the Crown in Canada.”
“Our Queen stands as a symbol of our excellent system of government — a system that protects the peace, freedoms and democracy that we cherish as Canadians,” Ethell added. “Her Majesty also unites us from coast to coast, reminding us of the proud heritage and traditions we share.”
The Queen has also encouraged Canada to continue to develop and grow as a nation.
“In short, our Queen is always one to find the best in us Canadians, and our country,” Ethell said.
Janet Archer was recognized for her commitment to literacy within the ethno-cultural community.
“I was quite surprised,” Archer said. “I didn’t think I was doing very much. It’s nice to be noticed and I appreciate whoever got this all together.”
Archer is director of Project Read, the literacy program in Fort Macleod, and taught adult literacy in Banff for 11 years.
Roland Cotton, who lives in Fort Macleod, was honoured for his efforts on behalf of First Nations people.
Cotton has volunteered more than two decades, advocating for aboriginal people in Lethbridge.
Cotton is chairman of both the Aboriginal Housing Society and the Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society in Lethbridge