David Nicholson awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal
The short version of David’s citation*:
Category: Community Involvement
Mr. Nicholson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1951, and after nine years’ service he became the commander of the flight school in Centralia, Ontario, where he was in charge of more than 300 Canadian and NATO pilots. In 1960, he joined Greenshields, where he had a successful career as a portfolio manager. But undoubtedly his greatest and most important achievement was when he and his wife created the Wednesday Night Salon in 1982. In its more than three decades of existence, the salon has developed a reputation as the place to be for dialogue and discussion, hosting professionals from a range of cultural, political and linguistic backgrounds. Mr. Nicholson is also dedicated to his community and has been active in the Alzheimer Society and in Project 80, an organization that supports low-income families in east Montreal.
“(…) I believe that Mr. Nicholson is a strong candidate as he has done so much for the city of Montréal.”
Kyle Matthews, Senior Deputy Director, The Will to Intervene Project
Robert Galbraith photo
On Saturday afternoon, David was one of the 30 recipients who were presented with the Medal by our M.P. Marc Garneau at a gracious and very well organized ceremony at Victoria Hall. The recipients were all quite remarkable but largely unsung heroes/heroines outside their respective communities or organizations and very representative of the diversity of the Westmount-Ville-Marie riding. It was an honour to be included in their company. Marc Garneau had appointed an independent committee to review the more than 125 nominations and do what must have been very difficult triage.
As each recipient’s name was called out s/he was escorted by a young cadet (they were all adorable!) to the podium while our friend Victor Drury read out the citation and Marc pinned on the medal, shook hands, had pictures taken, etc. The Hall was awash in Canadian flags and very colourful. It was a great event and we wish that everyone could have been there to share it. Our good friend Rob Galbraith was the official photographer and as always produced some wonderful pictures.
18 January 2013
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that David has received a letter from Marc Garneau advising him that he has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his “outstanding contribution to our community”. The presentation will take place on February 23rd.
He was totally surprised and is utterly delighted to be so honoured and feels that it is a tribute to be shared with the many, many, Friends of Wednesday Night who have made it the success that obviously was key in his award.
He is also extremely pleased to be in the distinguished company of a number of Wednesday Nighters who have also been so honoured: Alan Hustak, Alexandra Tcheremenska Greenhill, Beryl Wajsman, Brian Mitchell, Ilona Dougherty, John Jonas, Louise Fleischmann, Margarets Duthie, Lefebvre and Somerville, Peter Frise and Peter Trent.
We are a bit confused about the protocol (or lack thereof) regarding who is allowed to divulge the nominators for the honour – (see Rideau Hall says partner organizations don’t have to disclose Diamond Jubilee medal nominees), however, we do know who worked for David’s nomination and we are deeply appreciative of Kyle Matthews’ effort!