The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and WW II veteran, Agnes Keegan is definitely in the exceptional volunteer category. For over 36 year’s Agnes has run the canteen at the Beatty Street Armory for the 2290 B.C.R. Cadet Corp., and this is just one of her many achievements.
On Thursday January 5th, 2017 in the ceremony at Government House in Victoria, 96 year old Agnes Keegan along with 29 other award recipients were individually presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC.
Along with the medal, each recipient also received a lapel pin, a letter and certificate as well as a folder with information about the award and a comprehensive book on the monarchy and it’s history in Canada.
The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.
The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the viceregal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.
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