June 22, 2012
The difference an inspiring example makes was actually tangible this week. When 25 year old Queen Elizabeth declared in 1947 “I give my whole life to serve this country....”, she presented us with availability to encourage the good in God’s world. Now, 60 years later I found myself and 600 other people gathered in Roy Thomson Hall nodding a “yes, yes …that’s a good approach to emulate.” We were all there to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. It was the Queen’s way of continuing to foster more service in Canada. The idea of awarding these medals for “outstanding excellence in service to country and community” in a gala group ceremony certainly worked. The inspiration was infectious, it reminded me of the power of encouragement.
On the red carpet walk is the only picture I got of lovely Alice Porter in the purple suit. Sorry it’s not a better view, she was a missionary nurse in India for 40 years and typically away from cameras. It was exciting to see Canadians like her at this event whose belief in Christ had affected their approach to work and service. Also receiving a Diamond Jubilee Medal for was my good friend David Mainse of Crossroads, Dave Toycen of World Vision, Neil Hetherington of Habitat for Humanity, Chuck Friesen of Muskoka Bible Camp, Tim Huff of the Hope Exchange, and other faith leaders.
Like Trisha Romance and husband Gary, there were also many examples of Canadians whose faith informs their work in art and culture, including Susan Aglukark who presented me with my medal (photo below).
Remember Hélène Campbell from our Organ Donor episode? It was so great to see her without an oxygen tank and just bopping with energy. If that’s a hero in recovery, look out when this activist gets back up to full speed. She had worked her magic to bring along Taber Bucknell and his family who created her website that launched her famous cause. It all began with this family friend taking a challenge from his church to use $100 to help someone else (kindness gone viral)
Here’s former CTV nightly news anchor Lloyd Robertson, says he is not missing that late night shift at all, and still keeping his hand in media.
The talent on stage was amazing:Ben Heppner, Molly Johnson, and emcee Peter Mansbridge who couldn’t help but make a little light of Gordon Lightfoot. “Only in Canada does Gordon Lightfoot carry his own amp on stage.”
As I reflect on a wonderful celebration, thank you to all of you who have made this happen in my life. The great staff that have served with Listen Up and now with Context TV, our Board of Directors, my Prayer Partners, those of you who give in donations year after year so Christian communications can stay in public media markets. Your generosity in supporting this work is an amazing act of service. Finally – cheers and a deep thank you to my beautiful family, and especially my husband Vern, together, we celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime recognition for Queen, country, and God.
Dear Lorna, Congratulations for continuing to fight the good fight of bringing God's truth to our country and the world. We are all so proud of you!! I would love to catch up with you - many miracles to share:) Love and prayers, Darla
June 26, 2012 | darla Walker
Nice to see you recognized for all your hard work and clear, consistent presentations of many issues. Congratulations.
June 24, 2012 | Alice Cover
June 23, 2012 | Cindy Collins
You make us all so proud Lorna! God is great! He has blessed you so much as you have blessed us Canadians!!!
June 22, 2012 | Linda Kostin