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As a result of the volunteer time and effort I have put into projects such as the design and construction of the Pinawa Heritage Sundial, fundraising for the Pavilion at the suspension bridge and working with the Pinawa in Bloom committee I have been privileged to receive an award and a medal in 2002. 
2001 Manitoba Tourism Award

The following is an excerpt taken from a Manitoba Government News Release dated April 26, 2002.


Culture, Heritage and Tourism minister Ron Lemieux recognized leaders in Manitoba's tourism sector during a gala awards dinner at Rural Forum in Brandon last night.

"We recognize and salute the recipients who are true leaders in our community and significant contributors to the tourism industry's success," said Lemieux. "These individuals and organizations are helping the industry grow and expand.

The awards salute those who have made a significant and enduring contribution to Manitoba's tourism industry. The winners were selected by an independent committee of industry representatives. Eight awards were given to a total of 13 individuals and organizations at the awards dinner.

I was nominated by the LGD of Pinawa for one of the Tourism Innovations Awards. These awards are given to an individual and to a business or organization for a new tourism product and/or idea that increases economic impact and tourism activity to an area in Manitoba.

Innovation Award - Individual
Me, my wife Barbara and Culture, Heritage and Tourism minister Ron Lemieux

Tourism Innovation Awards - Individual: Carl Sabanski, Pinawa

"For his significant contribution to the development of the Pinawa Heritage Sundial and the Pinawa suspension bridge and his demonstration of tourism potential to enhance economic diversification."

The symbolism of the award is very interesting and reflects the character of the province of Manitoba.

What the award represents.

Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The following is an excerpt taken from a news release from the Provencher Member of Parliament, Vic Toews dated October 8, 2002


Provencher Member of Parliament, Vic Toews, has accepted the recommendation of a local committee on the election of 20 Manitoba residents to receive the Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of the contribution they have made to the Provencher region.

"Throughout Provencher there are residents who dedicate their time, who donate their resources, and who apply their skill to make our country a better place to live and raise a family," said Toews. "The 20 individuals who have been chosen to receive medals are really a representation of the thousands of Provencher residents who quietly contribute to their communities every day."

The Jubilee Medal was commissioned to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Her Majesty's, Queen Elizabeth II, reign as Queen of Canada. The medal is to be awarded to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community or to Canada.

This past summer, Toews appointed a committee to receive nominations for recipients of the medal and to provide a recommendation. Committee Chairperson, Kelvin Goertzen, noted that the selection process was a difficult one.

"There were so many truly worthy and deserving individuals who were nominated that it made the selection process very, very difficult," said Goertzen. "While those selected have reason to be proud, there were many more deserving candidates than we had medals to award."

Goertzen noted that the committee received nominations from private individuals, municipal councils and from provincial representatives.

"The committee relied heavily on the nominations that were brought forward from residents and elected officials," said Goertzen. "We are grateful to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for consideration."

The medals will be personally presented by Toews, who noted that the presentation times and locations will be decided upon in the near future. All medals should be presented by the end of the year.

"I hope that all Provencher residents will join me in congratulating the medal recipients," said Toews. "The contributions that are made by the residents of this region are what continues to make our communities strong and vibrant."

I was nominated by the LGD of Pinawa to receive the Golden Jubilee Medal.

Golden Jubilee Medal
Me and the Provencher Member of Parliament Vic Toews
Photo courtesy of Valerie G. Connell and The Lac du Bonnet Leader

"Mr. Sabanski has been involved in numerous important community projects. Most recently he was the Manager for the Pinawa Sundial Project with involvement in fundraising, design and construction. He has also been involved with aspects of the Pinawa Suspension Bridge and the Pinawa in Bloom organization."

The Medal The medal carries a contemporary effigy of The Queen on the obverse. The reverse features the design of a stylised maple leaf with CANADA at the bottom and the years 1952 and 2002 on the left and right of the Royal Cypher and Crown. The medal is worn suspended from a broad royal blue ribbon, with red outer stripes, double white stripes with a red central stripe.

The Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is part of the Canadian Honours System established in 1967.