TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2012) - This weekend, Make-A-Wish® Canada founders Nigel Brown and Robb Lucy will be presented with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition of their contributions to the wish granting organization since its inception nearly 30 years ago.

"In 1983, it was the commitment and drive of these two individuals that brought our magical wish granting mission to life here in Canada," said Bob Winterford, President Make-A-Wish Canada. "Not only do I want to congratulate these individuals, but I want to thank them for their perseverance and desire to make a difference in the world."

In addition, this fall, regional chapters from coast-to-coast will award Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to 23 chosen community members in recognition of their support and contributions to local wish granting efforts.

"On behalf of the national office, and each of our local chapters, I commend and congratulate all of our medal recipients," said Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. "Thank you for your tireless dedication and commitment to granting the true, heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions."

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients Include:
National Office
Nigel Brown
Judy Gifford
Robb Lucy
B.C. & Yukon
Hans Pedersen
Heather Pedersen
Wendell Harlow
Northern Alberta
Len Hendrickson
Robert Winterford
Tammy MacDonald
Southern Alberta
Dave Stinton
Mary Jardine
Alison Stifter
Southwestern Ontario
Carol Fleming
James Scott
Robert Kayser
Toronto & Central Ontario
Norma Humphrey
Nancy Morra
Stephanie Clayton
Eastern Ontario
Officer Paolo Crescenzi, Ottawa Police Service
Allie MacIsac
Justin Reid
Steve Aikins
Atlantic Provinces
Jill Sutherland
Bruce Sutherland
Phil Rossiter

Make-A-Wish Canada and its chapters are proud to participate in the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrations. The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

About Make-A-Wish® Canada

Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children across Canada with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters grant magical, life-affirming wishes to children in need from coast-to-coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish® is the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 300,000 children since 1980.

Contact Information:

Make-A-Wish Canada
Elissa Schmidt
Director, Brand Advancement
416.224.9474 ext. 104