A moment of jubilation

Hay River mayor Andrew Cassidy was recently presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding community development and leadership.
— Myles Dolphin/NNSL photo

It’s not every day that you receive a medal in the mail, let alone the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

That’s exactly what happened to Hay River Mayor Andrew Cassidy recently.

“I got an e-mail from (town hall executive assistant) Jaimi Carter saying I had received something pretty cool in the mail,” Cassidy said.

The mayor was nominated for the prestigious award by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, a lobby group representing more than 2,000 communities of various sizes across the country.

“We’re a member of their organization and they do a lot of professional development, we’ve been to a few of their conferences,” Cassidy said.

He was recognized for his outstanding work in community development and building.

“This is in recognition of outstanding Canadians and having been awarded this medal certainly means a lot,” he said. “I take it very seriously and I will do my best to live up to the high calibre of individuals it’s been awarded to.”

He added that the medal came with a certificate and an instructional booklet explaining exactly how and when to wear it.

He doesn’t know where he’s going to put it yet but the medal has already gotten some exposure at a local school.

“My daughter asked me if she could take it to show-and-tell,” he said, referring to his daughter Anna who goes to Princess Alexandra School.

Respected elder Daniel Sonfrere of the K’atlodeeche First Nation is also receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“To be put in the same category as Brendan Green, Pat Bobinski (who are both soon receiving medals) and Daniel Sonfrere is a true honour.

“Joining the ranks of those individuals is truly humbling.”

— Myles Dolphin