Look­ing for Labrado­ri­ans of dis­tinc­tion

Fed­eral gov­ern­ment launches medal to cel­e­brate Labrado­ri­ans liv­ing or dead

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE -

Nom­i­na­tions are now be­ing sought by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for the new Labrado­ri­ans of Dis­tinc­tions award.

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Labrador Yvonne Jones said the award, which will now be given out an­nu­ally, cel­e­brates Labrado­ri­ans who have made an ‘out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic, or cul­tural bet­ter­ment of Labrador.’

“In cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th birthday, and Labrador’s 68th year of con­fed­er­a­tion, we will launch the awards– ac­cord­ing to their peers,” she told TC Me­dia. “Be­cause it’s Canada’s 150th birthday, we want to cel­e­brate 150 Labrado­ri­ans.”

Labrado­ri­ans liv­ing or dead can be nom­i­nated for an award, with a plaque memo­ri­al­iz­ing names of the Labrado­ri­ans who have passed on and a Labrado­rian of Dis­tinc­tion medal to hon­our liv­ing Labrado­ri­ans. While 150 are be­ing given out in the first round, go­ing for­ward Jones said there would be 10 to 15 awarded each year.

“Labrado­ri­ans from all walks of life in all of our com­mu­ni­ties have been vol­un­teer­ing, lead­ing, and giv­ing so much of them­selves,” she told TC Me­dia. “It’s part of who we are, it part of our cul­ture. We are also very hum­ble peo­ple and praise is some­thing not of­ten sought nor given for do­ing great work. I feel that we need to cel­e­brate those who have done so much for oth­ers, for our com­mu­ni­ties, and for Labrador as a whole. From artists, to lan­guage re­vival, to en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship the list goes on, Labrador would not be where it is to­day with­out the ef­forts of so many and I think we should cel­e­brate them.”

Jones said the nom­i­na­tion rules are fairly broad, with any­one ex­cept a sit­ting MHA or MP or some­one who is sit­ting on the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee be­ing avail­able to be cho­sen. Groups of peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions can­not be nom­i­nated, Jones said, so they can fo­cus on the lead­ers and the peo­ple that have made those or­gan­i­sa­tions what they are to­day.

There are cur­rently spots open on the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee that will ac­cept and re­view nom­i­na­tions, and es­tab­lish the cri­te­ria for selec­tions go­ing for­ward. Re­gion, de­mo­graphic and gen­der will be con­sid­ered to make for a bal­anced com­mit­tee.

An awards cer­e­mony will be held this fall cel­e­brat­ing the first 150 re­cip­i­ents dur­ing Canada’s 150th birthday cel­e­bra­tions.

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MP for Labrador Yvonne Jones an­nounced last week the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is look­ing for nom­i­nees for the new Labrado­rian of Dis­tinc­tion award.

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