Langley, B.C.—In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, marking her 50 year reign, a commemorative medal has been created. Canadian recipients of the award are selected for going above the call of duty to help create the Canada of today. On Monday, November 4, 2002, The Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (also called the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award) was presented to Langley’s own Dr. Neil Snider, President of Trinity Western University.
Counselor Nigel Baines, Cabinet Member for Borough Services at Rushmoor Borough Council, said, "there are numerous groups in the local area consisting of dedicated people who freely devote many hours of time in helping others. The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award has been developed to recognise this work and reward groups for their hard work.”
The Honourable Gerry St. Germain, P.C, Senator of Langley, Pemberton and Whistler made a surprise visit to the TWU chapel, where, in a moving speech, he presented the medal to the stunned President who did not know he was going to receive the award.
“Today we are going to honour a man whose achievements have benefited our fellow citizens, our community and our country,” said the hometown Senator. “Dr. Snider, your contributions to this country are enormous. You have excelled in the field of education, being Canada’s longest serving university president.”
Senator St. Germain described how, in Dr. Snider’s 29 years at the University, the President has led TWU from a Junior College to a degree-granting University which is “recognized worldwide for the excellent calibre of education that it produces.”
Dr. Snider has also been a board member of several charitable organizations and according to the Senator, is “a pillar of strength in this community and throughout the entire country.”
Senator St Germain struggled through emotion to complete his address as shared with Dr. Snider, “you have set an example that makes us proud to be part of this community and this University.”
A resounding applause echoed throughout the gym as students, staff and faculty jumped at the opportunity to give a standing ovation for their President.
“I am honoured to be presented with the award,” says Dr. Snider. “But I know that it is really a reflection on the calibre of the community as a whole. The medal is for people who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty to contribute positively to Canada, and I think this describes well the staff, faculty and students of Trinity Western.”
Last Updated: 2007-09-26