The most prestigious of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal presentation ceremonies was held, February 6, at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, and among the guests was Iroquois resident John Ross, founder of Ross Video.
At the Diamond Jubilee Gala, hosted by The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, members of the Order of Canada, residing in Ontario, were presented with their Diamond Jubilee Medals.
“What a wonderful experience,” said Ross. “This was my first experience to be among such a very distinguished group, who were all receiving the medals for a variety of accomplishments in various fields.”
Of the event, Ross said, “It couldn’t have been done better.”
The event drew to a close Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year, as February 6, 2013 was the 61st anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the Throne.
A number of prominent Canadians acted as medal presenters. Ross was presented his medal by Jian Ghomeshi.
Some of the other medal presenters included Ken Dryden, Dan Akroyd, Paul Henderson, Tommy Hunter, Elizabeth Manley, Valerie Pringle, George Stromboulopoulos and Brian Williams.
Peter Mansbridge was master of ceremonies for the event, and Ross enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to Mansbridge. “We have a lot in common,” said Ross of their CBC affiliations, Order of Canada honours, and career starts in Manitoba.
A pre-recorded Message from Prince Charles was played at the event, and there was also a link to Chris Hadfield in the International Space Station.
The entertainment line-up for the evening was star-studded including Michael Burgess, Liona Boyd and Tom Cochrane.