The executive director of the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation was recently presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Lindsay Babineau was presented with the honour in recognition for her years of service towards educating students on the value of agriculture and healthy eating.
Abbotsford West MLA Michael de Jong nominated Babineau for the award, and it was presented to her by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon at the annual Agri-food Industry Gala in Abbotsford.
“Lindsay has been untiring in her efforts over many years to promote B.C. agriculture and to encourage healthy eating and living habits in children,” de Jong said.
Babineau has led the foundation in educating schools across the province through various programs that promote agriculture and healthy eating.
The foundation’s largest program, the B.C. School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program, began in 2005 delivering fruits and vegetables to 10 schools.
The program has now grown to more than 1,400 public and First Nations schools, serving over 500,000 students. across the province.
“This award is not just for me, but for our staff, partners, growers and volunteers,” Babineau said. “It’s not one person alone, but all of us working together who have made a difference for agriculture, education and health.”