During a special reception at Hudson’s Greenwood House on Dec. 7, Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Jamie Nicholls will present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to seven Hudson residents in recognition of their service to the community.
The recipients are:
-Current artistic director of the Hudson Village Theatre, Heather Markgraf, will receive the medal for her contribution to the arts, culture and theatre scene in Hudson. Markgraf founded the theatre in 1992 and has been instrumental in taking it from its beginnings in a tent to its current location in the old Hudson railway station, which has been converted into a 148-seat performing arts venue.
-Stephen Cromar, a long-time member of the Hudson Village Theatre’s board of directors and prominent volunteer member of the administration staff of St. Thomas Church, will be recognized for his extensive fundraising and involvement in all aspects of the theatre.
-Mark Drake, one of the original investors in taking the theatre enterprise from a tent to the converted railway station, was one of the longest-serving directors on the board and served as president for two terms. He was instrumental in theatre fundraising activities over the years, is one of the founders of the Hudson Chamber Music Series and is currently serving on the board of NOVA.
-Cam Gentile, another original investor in Hudson Village Theatre’s renovation of the old railway station, has been an active member of the board since its inception, and has been a key fundraiser over the years. He actively participates in many local organizations through his volunteer support and service.
-Michael B. Lawrence will be honoured for his significant contribution to several causes in the town, including Hudson Village Theatre, NOVA and Le Nichoir. The former chairman of the Canadian Auction Group (CAG), Lawrence was an original member of the board and served several terms as president. He is now one of two honorary board members of Hudson Village Theatre.
-Former Hudson Village Theatre president Clint Ward will receive the medal in recognition of his service to the theatre as a member of the board, as well as artistically as director of some of its live theatre presentations. Founder of the Hudson Film Society, Ward is also being recognized for his contribution to the development of the sport of water-skiing in Canada and the Olympic movement.
-Writer Bill Young will receive the prestigious medal in recognition of his contribution to the Greenwood Centre for Living History, a 280-year-old heritage property in Hudson of which Young was the first director. Young was Greenwood’s executive director for seven years, and has been an ex-officio board member for eight more. Known for his love of baseball, Young has written extensively about the Montreal Expos, is a contributor to the West Island Gazette and remains an active participant and supporter of Greenwood activities.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne as Queen of Canada, and to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
By the end of the Diamond Jubilee year, 60,000 Canadians will have been honoured with the commemorative medal.