Sister Conrad Awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal
On June 21, 2012, Sister Conrad Lauber, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by Laurel Broten, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore, in a presentation that took place at Village Mosaic at 2794 Lake Shore Blvd. West. Sr. Conrad is a Sister of St. Joseph and Laurel Broten thanked the Sisters for “bringing a gathering place to the Lakeshore.” She spoke of Sr. Conrad as an "unsung hero" and wished to present the medal here in place with the seniors.
Village Mosaic has been on the Lakeshore since 2009 and during that time has grown and flourished. Its focus is always, as Sister Conrad says, "about relationship building, bringing participants together to form community." Village Mosaic, Fontbonne Ministries, is a welcoming space in south Etobicoke for seniors to come together to engage in a wide variety of programs. Participants gathered that day to celebrate June 2012 as Seniors’ Month in Ontario which has as its theme Celebrate, Participate, reminding all Canadians to honour the seniors in their lives and encouraging older adults to stay active in their communities. Village Mosaic was honoured with three Gem of the Lakeshore awards for its unique contribution and the way it adds to the vibrancy of the Lakeshore.
This 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. Struck by the Governor General of Canada, it honours those who have made a “significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada.”
During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized for their contributions to Canada.
By Gisela Côté