I was invited to Ottawa to receive it in a ceremony with the Governor General at Rideau Hall on February 6th, 2013 along with about sixty other recipients. Ottawa weather is quite freezing in February. But the welcome was warm. This photo was taken in the greenhouse at Rideau Hall.
Across Canada, 60,000 citizens and permanent residents were honoured with this award between February 2012 and February 2013. Hundreds of thousands of these commemorative medals were awarded to deserving individuals in the United Kingdom and overseas territories.