As many Canadians have likely heard, 2012 is the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. And along with the Royal Tour 2012 and other celebratory events, Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities and nation are being awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
And one of those Canadians happens to be my grandmother.
She asked me to help her write a short news release for the honour, of which I was more than happy to do. A version of the original release appeared in the Yarmouth County Vanguard (June 26, 2012).
Yarmouth businesswoman awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, June 26, 2012 – R. Irene d’Entremont is one of several accomplished Nova Scotians recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“To be counted among the Canadians who have made significant contributions to our country is quite an honour,” said d’Entremont.
Lieutenant-Governor J.J. Grant presented the medal to d’Entremont, a well-known businesswoman, at an investiture ceremony at Government House on June 11, 2012.
For over 38 years, d’Entremont has been involved in several businesses, including sales and service, research and development, manufacturing and retail sales. She is the past president of M.I.T. Electronics Inc., Women’s Up-To-Date Shop Inc. and was Secretary Treasurer of Wesmar Electronics Canada Ltd. She is currently the president of ITG Information Management Inc. and Nova Bridge Business Group Inc.
d’Entremont is currently a director of Nova Scotia Power Inc. and the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Nova Scotia. She is also Vice-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Atlantic Canada.
She is a past director of Emera Inc., Marine Atlantic Inc., the Nova Scotia Business Development Corporation, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. She served two terms on the Law Commission of Canada and the Nova Scotia Advisory Board on Colleges and Universities.
She is actively involved with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chair of the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce and Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce. She has also served two terms with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne and honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.