Kelowna recognizes its final three Queen's Jubilee Medal recipients

The final three Kelowna recipients of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal have been named.

Kelowna General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Chrissie Leathley and philanthropist Thomas Budd were presented with their medals by Mayor  Walter Gray prior to council’s weekly public meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall.

The other recipient, former mayor Jim Stuart, was out of the county and will receive his medal in a private ceremony later, said Gray.

“Jim Stuart, Chrissie Leathley and Thomas Budd—in their individual ways—have devoted themselves to making Kelowna a better place,” said Gray. “They are generous, giving people who care about our city and tirelessly contribute to its betterment.”

The trio are the last of the recipients recommended for medals by the city to the Governor General. It is Rideau Hall that approves recipients recommended for the medals by communities across the country.

The medals recognize contributions to the community and mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the Throne in 2012.

Stuart, who dedicated 31 years to local government as a member of Kelowna city council, including 10 years as mayor and 15 years as chairman of the Regional District of Central Okanagan board, was also cited for his community involvement and volunteer work with groups such as Kelowna General Hospital, B.C. Tree fruits and the B.C. Transit Authority.

Leathley, who is in her 90s, was described as the KGH Foundation’s “ultimate volunteer” who has 77 years of commitment to the hospital.

She started her involvement as a student at the Kelowna Hospital School of Nursing in 1935 and was among the group that organized the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary in 1963. She continues to work on behalf of the hospital and its patients today.

Budd, well-known for his philanthropy, created a charitable foundation after retiring to Kelowna in 2008 following a career as an investment banker. He has provided millions of dollars to more than two dozen local non-profit societies to help fund and support projects for community needs.

The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation supports and inspires others to do their best, said Gray.

After receiving his medal, Budd announced he plans to mentor young entrepreneurs and business people here for free as part of a new initiative of community assistance he plans to develop.

Some 60,000 Canadians  have been awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medals over the past year.


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