ANNAPOLIS COUNTY - West Nova MP Colin Fraser was in Annapolis County handing out Canada 150 pins to a few worthy recipients recently – and they took home part of the roof of the Canadian Parliament building.
It was up to individual MPs to determine the criteria for awarding the pins, but generally the medals are to recognize the work of community leaders and volunteers.
In Fraser’s case, he was particularly interested in awarding the medals to Legion members who were not normally recognized for their roles within their organizations and the communities; the unsung heroes who make an impact in the lives of many without expecting any fanfare.
It was an opportunity to celebrate Canadian values and achievements of Canadians at home and around the world.
A limited number of commemorative pins were made and contain copper from the roof of the West Block of Parliament Hill that was in place from 1918-1996.
Recipients would be seen to carry out the Canada 150 themes of diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, youth, and the environment in their communities.
Those receiving the pins locally were:
-- Gerald LeFort from the Port Royal Legion in Annapolis Royal.
-- Paul Law from the Clementsport Legion.
-- Mary Francis, Bridgetown Legion.
-- Donald Sherman, Middleton Legion.
-- Erle Dolsen, Berwick Legion.
-- Lynette Gilks, Lawrencetown Legion.
-- Annette Dumbrell, Lawrencetown Legion.
Medals were also presented to recipients in Yarmouth and Digby counties.