• Some of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

    Some of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal gather in front of the Army Officers’ Mess in Ottawa on April 2. For a full list of RCGS recipients, visit www.rcgs.org/awards/diamond_jubilee.

Thirty Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellows, volunteers and contributors can count themselves in exclusive company after receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on April 2.

John Geiger, president of the Society, and Kevin MacLeod, Canadian Secretary to the Queen, hosted an awards ceremony at the Army Officers’ Mess in Ottawa to present the medal.

The medal was established to honour Queen Elizabeth II for 60 years of service to Canada and is being awarded this year to 60,000 Canadians who have contributed to their country.

Andrew Lovesey, a social media strategist and volunteer for the Society, was among the medal’s youngest recipients. Being recognized alongside renowned explorers and long-time supporters of the Society, he says, was a real honour. “It was great to see Fellows being recognized for their contributions to Canada and to the Society.”

For photos of the event, visit the Society’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theRCGS.