OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2013) - The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is proud to announce that 13 PPSC employees have been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Medal ceremonies were held in PPSC offices in 2012 and the early part of 2013 to honour their contributions to their communities and to Canada.

PPSC recipients were presented with the medal by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Brian Saunders, George Dolhai, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions or Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions André A. Morin Ad. E.

The medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne. It is a symbol of recognition to those who have made significant contributions to society, like Her Majesty The Queen, and have dedicated themselves to a cause worthy of service in their communities and country.

"We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all PPSC recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and to thank them for their efforts," said Mr. Saunders. "The contributions they have made to their communities and to the criminal justice system have had a positive effect for which we are grateful."

The names of the recipients and their citations are attached.

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Sandra Aitken

Yellowknife, North West Territories

Ms. Aitken has committed her career to serving the North and has made a significant contribution to the quality of justice in northern communities. She has also been active in her community through her involvement with many volunteer causes.

John Cliffe

Vancouver, British Columbia

Mr. Cliffe is a national expert in regulatory prosecutions and is recognized as a role model and teacher within the PPSC. For the past 25 years, he has demonstrated a commitment to criminal justice in the northern territories.

Carole Cushnie

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Cushnie is President of the African Canadian Heritage Association, which teaches African-Canadian history to children and youth. Her commitment to inclusiveness is reflected in her approach to the workplace environment as a paralegal in the Ontario Regional Office.

Lyne Décarie

Montréal, Québec

Ms. Décarie made significant contributions to the United Nations in East Timor to help create a justice system that promotes human rights. Her commitment to advancing justice with dedication and skill has been reflected in her work on many complex files involving terrorism and organized crime.

Erin Eacott

Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Eacott has served as a leader and executive officer with the Girl Guides of Canada for over 12 years. She has reflected a commitment to the wider community through her work in advancing the public interest in the area of environmental law.

Pat Flynn

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mr. Flynn has made contributions to his community including his involvement with the Silver Heights Community Club and the development of the Optimist Park baseball facility in Winnipeg. His commitment to furthering young persons' development is reflected in his generous and valued mentoring of junior counsel over the past 30 years.

Althea Francis

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Francis has volunteered with the Ontario Justice Education Network and with various community events. She continues this commitment to community through her prosecution of a number of important organized crime cases. She earned accolades for her work on Project "Big Wheel," which set a precedent investigators can use on how proceeds of crime investigations should be conducted.

Christine Haynes

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Ms. Haynes contributes to her community as a member of a number of charitable organizations. She has promoted public confidence in criminal justice in Saskatchewan through her work at the PPSC.

Louise Levesque

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Levesque has been a leader in the area of employment equity and official languages at the PPSC and has worked to increase awareness of these two issues.

Anna MacDougall

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ms. MacDougall is active with her church and performs volunteer work for the Canadian Cancer Society as well as other charitable organizations. She has also contributed through her work in the public service for 36 years.

Croft Michaelson

Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Michaelson's contributions to the improvement of the legal profession at large are well known. He has made many contributions to the criminal justice system both as a prosecutor and a role model to other prosecutors. He has represented the Crown on a number of important cases, including the terrorism prosecutions related to the "Toronto 18" and Momin Khawaja.

Elisapee Nutaraluk

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Before her death in 2012, Ms. Nutaraluk worked as a Crown Witness Coordinator in Nunavut and helped Inuit witnesses gain a greater understanding of and participation in the Canadian justice system.

Carole Sheppard

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Sheppard has worked for a number of charitable organizations including Watercan, which works to ensure communities have access to clean drinking water. She is also a respected regulatory lawyer and member of the PPSC's National Litigation Committee.

Contact Information:

Sujata Raisinghani
PPSC Communications
(613) 954-7803