Three More Diamond Jubilee Awards for Mordenites

Three more Morden residents are being recognized with a Diamond Jubilee Award.  The medals will be presented at the Council Meeting held on February 11th, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at the Morden Civic Centre. The recipients of the award are Dr. James Menzies (Deceased), Dr. Bob Menzies and Mr. Irvin Wiebe.

Dr. James (Jim) Menzies (Deceased):  He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1949, and after one more year of internship, joined his father’s (Dr. A.F. Menzies) practice in Morden.  He dedicated much of his life to the practice of medicine.  His easy going, approachable manner gained him popularity in the community during his years as a local family doctor.  Family and faith played an important part in his life and influenced his choice of volunteer activities. Among countless community contributions, he held positions in the church, worked with the Kinsmen, led the Boy Scouts, chaired the Western School Division Board, and was a key figure in the development of the Morden 55+ Activity Centre.  He is a recipient of the Morden Citizen of the Year Award as well as the Family Physician of the Year.  He retired in 1994 and his life philosophy was always supporting others.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Menzies:  Dr Bob always knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps (Dr. Jim Menzies).  He is well known in the community, not only for his role as family practitioner, but for his interest in a variety of community based organizations.  Locally, he has worked in various capacities including Family Practice, Medical Examiner, Outreach Physician for the Chemotherapy Unit, Physician for the Dialysis Unit and Chief of Staff.  He participated in the establishment of the Boundary Trails Health Centre.  He was the recipient of the Family Physician of the Year in 2002.  He devotes much time and energy to his practice, but maintains the two most important priorities in his life, which are his family and faith.  Dr Bob is an active leader in his church and other organizations such as the Morden Area Foundation, Festival of the Arts and Boy Scouts.

Irvin Wiebe:  Mr. Wiebe has lived and worked in Morden for over 40 years.  He is currently retired after having worked as a Farm Business Management Consultant in the area of farm finance, business management, taxation and succession planning.  He has had extensive experience in providing leadership to many organizations and Boards of Directors over the years, including health care, education, financial, profession and church boards.  His ability to connect with people in various levels of government was instrumental in lobbying for a new Tabor Home in the community.  He has enjoyed serving the community as a member of City Council for the past ten years.

Council is very pleased that there are more Morden recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.  This award is a commemorative medal which 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. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Over 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.