Mayor Bruce Banman was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal at the regular meeting of city council on Monday.
The medal, which was presented to Banman by Abbotsford MP Ed Fast, was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.
“It may be one of the few times in my life where I really don’t know what to say,” Banman said after receiving the medal.
“When I take a look at all of those Canadians who have received this medal, I feel that I am very small in the shadow of the contributions that they have made to this country.”
Banman said he dedicates his medal to all the public servants who have served across Canada.
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.
Banman became mayor of Abbotsford in November of 2011. He moved to Abbotsford in 1982 and is the owner and operator of Banman Chiropractic in Abbotsford.