MP O’Toole Awards Diamond Jubilee Medal to Uxbridge Resident
December 17, 2013 – Uxbridge – MP O’Toole is pleased to announce that he has awarded a member of the Uxbridge community with the final Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in Durham. This commemorative medal was created to mark the 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 service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
Norman Lee Clements has been a resident of the Uxbridge community for more than 30 years. His legacy of service, philanthropy and goodwill has roots in his founding of National Sports, a successful chain of sporting good stores across southern Ontario, that employed thousands of employees, many of whom were hired because Mr. Clements recognized that they needed a leg up. Mr. Clements has donated land for his home church and opens us his farm property to homeless youth for a summer camp experience. He started a Christmas Dinner program that serves almost 500 dinners annually for those in the community who are alone or shut-in and he also spends his free time in Bolivia to assist in a missionary outreach program for the homeless.
Norman Clements is most notable for his creation of the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity, out of love for his very special granddaughter who, at six months of age, succumbed to Spinal Muscular Atrophy in 1989. Subsequently, Jennifer’s younger sister Danica also passed away two years later of the same disease. Since 1990, the charity assists seriously ill children and their families, with medical and therapy essentials or basic quality of life necessities when they are faced with the challenge of caring for their seriously ill child. This fully independent charitable organization has assisted thousands of children in Ontario through its own successful fundraising efforts since 1990.
“The Diamond Jubilee medal celebrates the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II by celebrating public and community service across Canada” says MP O’Toole. “Our communities in Durham are strong because of the people and organizations that dedicate so much of themselves with their time and resources. Norman Clements epitomizes the type of selfless charitable work that helps so many people in our community.”
The Jubilee medal was presented as a surprise to Mr. Clement on Tuesday, December 17th at the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity head office, located on Norman Clements’ farm. A humble Mr. Clement, accepted his medal before a group of proud family and friends, Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity and farm staff.
For further information, or for additional comment from MP O’Toole, please contact:
Executive Assistant to Erin O’Toole, C.D.
Member of Parliament —Durham
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