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Barb & Ron Kroll
Dr. Robert MacMillan
Willa McLean
Andrew Moore-Crispin
Rex Vogel
Ron Bellamy
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Michael Coren
Jennifer Cox
Shari Darling
James Dolan
Dave Hunter
Bob Slack
Ron Steeves
John Foster
Nancy Hopcraft
Karen Huestis
Gerry Brissenden
James Leroux
Rick Thorpe
Michael MacKenzie
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J. Ross Quigley
Bob Slack
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Neville B. Levin
Fran Castricone
Paula McGovern
Kim Saunders
Doug Miller
WINTER 2012 | ISSUE 85
J. Ross Quigley
It is an honour to be in such company!
As you may have surmised from our front cover, this issue of
is dedicated to those wonderful people who have given their time,
their energy and a significant proportion of their retirement years to
helping others. In most cases, they received no pay for their labours
and often worked behind the scenes and in relative obscurity to make
the Canadian Snowbird Association the success that it has become.
It is time that they were recognized publicly for their dedication and
They have moved unmovable governments, fought and amended
insane regulations, had legislation revised that benefited all Canadians
and are continuing to advise governments in both Canada and the
United States on issues relating to travel and seniors. The Canadian
Snowbird Association is known and respected throughout North
America and their accomplishments have been incredible. The CSA
stopped U.S. legislation to limit Canadian travel to the United States
to 30 days, they stopped legislation that would have kept Canadians
prisoners in their own provinces and they are making sure that you can
get enough drugs to last for your entire trip when you travel. Following
years of work, several provinces have now agreed to comply with the
Canada Health Act. Other provinces are reviewing their positions and,
hopefully, will join the “good”provinces in obeying the law. “Incredible”
IS the right word.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible and
visible way to recognize these outstanding Canadians who have built,
and continue to build, our caring society and country through their
service, their contributions and their achievements. We have been
allotted only 40 words to describe their individual contributions, but
a complete book on each one of these people would certainly be
I am honoured to have known you and to have worked with you over
the past 20 years.
Our congratulations!
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government
of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the
Department of Canadian Heritage.