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Westboro Legion member receives prestigious volunteer award

Keith Brown, long-time member of Branch 480, was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on April 11. He was nominated by last year's Honours and Awards committee.

(Read more about Keith Brown here)

Description of the Medal
The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.

The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the vice-regal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.

The design of the medal was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, based on a concept by Darcy DeMarsico of the Chancellery of Honours. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at its Ottawa facility.


Dear Mr. Brown,

On behalf of His Worship Jim Watson, I would like to thank you for attending the April 11th Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers ceremony and breakfast reception. It was a great honour for the Mayor to present you with this distinguished and most deserving award.

Enclosed please find some photographs from the ceremony that I sincerely hope will serve as a fond reminder of this very special day.

Please allow me to once again thank you for your immeasurable contribution to our community and congratulate you on receiving this honour. You have every reason to feel very proud.


Chief of Protocol
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1