A standing room only crowd of friends and family packed Council chambers on Monday evening as long-time City Councillor Jack Ratcliffe received a Diamond Jubilee medal recognizing his years of service in the City of Kimberley.
Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald presented the medal to Ratcliffe, along with Mayor Ron McRae.
“This medal was created to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne,” Macdonald said. “I think everyone would agree that she has been notable in her service for 60 years.
“When you think of a life of service, the word duty comes up. I think we often take for granted that people will give of themselves and do the right thing.
“All of you recognize that duty is a word that applies to Jack.”
Macdonald said that when he was tasked with finding worthy individuals for Diamond Jubilee medals, Ratcliffe’s name came up again and again.
“I would like to offer my congratulations,” said Mayor Ron McRae. “I personally thank you for providing excellent mentorship as I came on Council in 1999 and then went on to become Mayor. I relied heavily on your wisdom and judgement.”
Ratcliffe said he was humbled to see so many in attendance as he received his medal.
“Whenever someone mentions years of service, I always mention the involvement of the spouse. If you’re involved in community service, your spouse has to take up the extra slack at home.
“This is the Queen’s medal, honouring 60 years, and as staunch royalist, I’m very proud to receive it. On a personal note, next week Rose will have put up with me for 60 years.”