Two members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #15, Morva Booth and Ann Slater, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal on Tuesday.
Booth and Slater are both long time members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary. The awards were presented by Lily Vomberg, the Ladies Auxiliary Zone Commander from Hope, of the Fraser Valley Zone. The awards were given in recognition of the dedication, commitment, community spirit and leadership of the two women within the community.
Slater joined the Ladies Auxiliary in 1963, and Booth joined the group in Vancouver in 1972, transferring to Abbotsford in 1992.
The medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne. A total of 60,000 people across Canada will receive the award, which requires the recipient to have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region on community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.
It was also a special night for Abbotsford’s Ladies Auxiliary, as they celebrated their 66th birthday, or 66th year of their charter.
The ceremony was also attended by Olive Fussey, the only living charter member from Branch #15 in Abbotsford. Fussey joined the rest of the Ladies Auxiliary for the birthday dinner and celebration.
Those interested in becoming member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion, can drop into the Royal Canadian Legion, on West Railway Street, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and pick up information on how to become a member.