Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
This commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, a momentous occasion that has been marked only once before, by Queen Victoria in 1897.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way not only for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country, but also to mark the contributions and achievements by Canadians to their community. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians were recognized for their outstanding contributions and distinguished service.
Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients
Ray Ali, MA (Sociology)
Ray Ali is a marriage and family therapist who has served in this capacity for more than two decades at the Family Centre of Winnipeg. He joined the Institute Board in 2000 and served as Chair of the Program Committee, providing the valuable perspective as a front-line social worker to program discussions. Mr. Ali’s clinical work has focused on providing guidance and counselling to families who are dealing with separation and divorce issues, parent–child conflict, fathering, learning disabilities and multicultural issues. Mr. Ali’s recent work on counselling individuals with anger issues has resulted in the creation of a number of books, manuals and workshops on how to deal with anger management issues within a family context. He maintains his involvement with the Institute as a member of the Alumni Network.
Jerome Berthelette joined the Board of the Institute in 1990 and served as its President from 1996–98. During his time on the Board, the Institute benefited from his leadership skills honed by extensive experience within the federal government. Of great value was his perspective on challenges facing Canada’s First Nations, having worked with Health Canada in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, serving as secretary to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and as the executive director of the National Association of Friendship Centres. Mr. Berthelette is currently an assistant auditor general with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, with responsibilities for National Defence, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and for performance audits of Veterans Affairs Canada, Human Resources and Development Canada, Economic Development, and Procurement and Asset Management. He continues to be involved with the Institute through its Alumni Network.
Carl Cadogan has been the executive director of Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services in Toronto since June 2008. He has worked with a variety of communities, both nationally and internationally. He has provided leadership at the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management, Nokee Kwe Occupational Skill Development Inc. and the YMCA of Greater Toronto. A trailblazer and pioneer, Mr. Cadogan believes in voluntary action and he was one of the founding board members of Eva’s Place – North York Emergency Home for Youth and a founding board member of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in Toronto, Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles. He is currently the treasurer of the Manya Krobo Youth Coordinating Council, a group that supports work in Ghana, where the priorities are youth capacity building, education, food security and health. Mr. Cadogan has been a long-time supporter of the Vanier Institute and participated in a round table co-hosted by the Governor General.
Kim Colman has spent time on the Board as Treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee, and she is presently a member of the Finance and Investment Committee. Ms. Colman joined the Board in 2006 with an excellent reputation and proven track record as a managing director for a large Canadian bank in a dynamic marketplace. In addition to her business experience, she brought to the Board a new-found passion for alternative and complementary health care. After spending 24 years in banking and financial markets with extensive training and experience in human relations and people management, she decided to leave the financial world to raise her growing children. It was during that time that she went back to school and studied at the Natural Health Consultants Institute (NHC). This valuable time provided Ms. Colman with an opportunity for both personal and spiritual growth. Toward the end of her time at NHC, Ms. Colman decided that she wanted to become a holistic therapist specializing in both vibrational medicine and naturotherapy. Her most important discovery: behind all of our diseases and physical discomforts lies an opportunity for healing, self-actualization and discovery.
Barbara Anne Crosbie joined the Board in 1976 and served two full terms. She brought her background in social work, and that of an individual incredibly involved with her community, to Board discussions regarding the direction and focus of program initiatives. Ms. Crosbie was also a strong regional representative from the East Coast, regularly reminding the Institute and its members that families in different regions face very different challenges. She spoke eloquently about what it meant to be a family in Atlantic Canada when the economy was in trouble and families were leaving the province. She was a tireless representative of the Institute in Newfoundland and was regarded by her peers as a strong unifying force on the Board.
Dr. Kerry Daly, PhD, Dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph
Dr. Kerry Daly has been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal as a result of his significant and sustained contribution to the program of the Vanier Institute of the Family. With his background as a family sociologist, he has been a contributor of research and scholarly papers, a Board member at the Institute and a member of the Executive through his role as Chair of the Program Committee and member of the Search Committee involved in leadership transitions. As one of the founding directors of the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being and the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Guelph and as leader of the research agenda for the Father Involvement Research Alliance, Dr. Daly brought a valuable perspective to program discussions at the Institute. His research interests focus on work-life balance issues for men, the way that families negotiate and navigate the many time pressures in their lives, adoption and some of the unique challenges that fathers face in their efforts to be good dads. Dr. Daly is the co-editor of Father Involvement in Canada (2012) and author of the book Families and Time: Keeping Pace in a Hurried Culture (1996). He gave the Institute’s 40th Anniversary keynote lecture, “Reframed Family Portraits.”
Marie-Adèle Davis has been the executive director of the Canadian Paediatric Society since 1999. Her interest in not-for-profit work began in 1989, when she worked for the Ottawa General in a number of roles, including associate vice president of medical affairs for the Ottawa Hospital from 1998–99. Ms. Davis is a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Advisory Committee for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Once a week, she accompanies her best friend, Sam, when he volunteers as a therapy dog at the Montfort Hospital.
James J. Gannon joined the Institute’s Board in 1992, bringing with him expertise that had been developed though Royal Bank’s deep commitment to creating a dynamic corporate culture that embraced the enormously different challenges employees had in performing exceptionally well at work and at home. Both work and the family had become extraordinarily dynamic and complex, and were continuing to evolve. Mr. Gannon’s work at Royal Bank was viewed as being ahead of the curve, in terms of understanding evolving work-life balance issues and in creating innovative policies that acknowledged families as you found them, not as you wanted them to be. The Institute benefited from Mr. Gannon’s supportive role as an interpreter of the corporate world to the organization and, in turn, taking what he learned from the Institute’s work and diverse Board back to the corporate world.
Don Giesbrecht has worked directly and indirectly with families and children since 1991. He has been the president of the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) since 2007 and added the title of CEO in March 2012. Prior to his work at the CCCF, he was president of the Manitoba Child Care Association and, in 2006, he was appointed to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Ministerial Advisory Committee on Child Care Spaces. Mr. Giesbrecht believes passionately that quality early childhood experiences are both a necessity and critical requirement of today’s society and are vital for the well-being of families and children.
Dr. Robert Glossop, CM, PhD, Co-Executive Director (30+ years, retired), Executive Emeritus member of Alumni Network
As a pre-eminent researcher in sociology and family issues, Robert Glossop has helped shape social policy and influence significant changes to Canadian family law. In serving as Co-Executive Director of the Institute along with Alan Mirabelli between 1984 and 2005, his work in research and in the program initiatives of the organization has helped Canadians understand how changing social and economic realities have altered the dynamics and broadened the definition of the family. During his three-decade career with the Institute, he positioned the organization as a leading source of information on the evolution of the family in Canada, providing context for trends and issues, and answering the “So what?” question, explaining why it was important to look at these developments through a family lens. Through his advocacy and active participation in more than 20 committees and groups, including the National Forum on Family Security and the Canadian Council on Social Development, he has shown a deep and continuing commitment to enriching the lives of Canadians.
Scott Hannant has had an extensive career in media and journalism, in Canada and around the world. He is currently teaching journalism at Carleton University and consulting on media issues. Prior to 1988, Mr. Hannant was a writer/producer for Global Television News Toronto, a reporter/photographer/associate editor for the Arab Times Magazine in Kuwait, a film restoration technician and an English instructor in the Imperial Iranian Air Force. He was the associate producer of Sunday Edition with Mike Duffy (CJOH Ottawa), senior producer of Sunday Edition and news director at CJOH/CTV News Ottawa. Mr. Hannant is a member of the board of directors of the United Way and the Youth Services Bureau. He also serves on the Broadcast Advisory Board at Algonquin College and the fundraising committee of the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre. He is an adviser for Child Haven International, co-chair of the Multicultural Media Committee (MOST) and a regular guest speaker at Carleton University’s Journalism Society.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul B. Kane, BA, LLD, QC Judge of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario
The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul Kane served as Treasurer, and subsequently as President of the Institute in 1991‒92. As a partner in the Ottawa law firm of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, Mr. Justice Kane remained a close friend of the Institute after leaving the Board, regularly lending his legal expertise to the Institute on a wide range of issues. Mr. Justice Kane has acted as an instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Program, teaching courses in civil procedure, debtor and creditor rights, construction liens and corporate law. Before being appointed to the bench, he also served as chair of the board at the SCO Health Service Inc. (Bruyère Continuing Care). Mr. Justice Kane continues to be involved with the Institute through its Alumni Network.
Dr. Dianne Kieren, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
Dr. Dianne Kieren joined the Institute Board in 1998 and chaired the Program Committee for a number of years. With her background as chair of the Department of Family Studies at the University of Alberta, Dr. Kieren brought a rigorous academic focus and grounded Western Canadian sensibilities to the work of the Institute through its publication of its Contemporary Family Trends series of papers. Dr. Kieren was an active member of her community, serving as a board member for several post-secondary institutions, a hospital board, a provincial regional social services board and many not-for-profit associations. She is a current member of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Edmonton Region Community Board and she maintains her involvement with the Institute as a member of the Alumni Network.
Jean-Pierre Lamoureux, General Secretary of the Conseil de la famille et de l’enfance du Québec (retired)
Jean-Pierre Lamoureux joined the Vanier Board in 1996, bringing a unique perspective to the Institute. As the general secretary of the Conseil de la famille et de l’enfance du Québec, Mr. Lamoureux had the experience of working in the provincial government office that developed, monitored, evaluated and, where necessary, recommended changes to Quebec’s family policies. He directed the staff and the productions of the organization, which prompted the Quebec government to ensure that all of its policies were supportive of people with young children, leading to the creation of very affordable daycare, among many other initiatives. Passionate about his work, he brought the same enthusiasm to program discussions at the Institute, often helping reframe some of the research and program work based on the data and evidence gathered in Quebec. It was his view that it was important for governments to reinforce its family policies in order to protect family households ‒ the basic units of society ‒ in the same way it protects the environment. He maintains his involvement with the Institute as a member of the Alumni Network.
Greg Latremoille, BA, CA, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Beutel Goodman Investment Counsel
Greg Latremoille has been managing the Vanier Institute Endowment Fund since 2004. He has more than 35 years of experience in the investment industry and is the founder of the Beutel Goodman Private Client Group. Mr. Latremoille has been a long-standing supporter of the performing and visual arts in various capacities and he currently sits on the Canadian Curatorial Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Lucie Legault has provided a wide range of administrative services to the Institute since joining in 1982. She has managed subscription services for the Institute’s Transition magazine, administered the sale of publications and coordinated membership services to Institute supporters.
Greg Lubimiv has more than 35 years of experience in children’s mental health and child welfare, where he has been involved as a clinician, trainer and administrator. He has specialized in the field of play therapy and family therapy, and has authored a number of books and articles on this and other topics. Mr. Lubimiv has received the Liz Manson Award for contributions to the field of children’s mental health and the Base Commander’s Commendation for services to military families. He is well known in the field as an innovative and passionate advocate for mental health efforts and has been involved in many local, regional, provincial and national efforts to improve the well-being of children, youth and families, including the Military Families in Canada Initiative.
Shelagh M’Gonigle first joined the Board as a Prime Ministerial appointee in 1990, and then was elected on her own merit in 1992. After serving for 10 years as a Board member, she has continued to support the Institute by serving as an independent member of the Investment Committee, which is charged with the governance of the Institute’s Endowment Fund. Ms. M’Gonigle is active in the Anglican Church, serving as a member of various committees. She is a respected philanthropist in Ottawa and she participates in the work of local and national organizations working with the homeless and those in danger of homelessness, women and children, and those in Africa and elsewhere in desperate need. Professionally, she took the most pleasure from her work with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Allan MacKay has been involved with the Institute since 2001, serving as Treasurer, President, Interim Executive Director and, currently, Co-Chair of the Alumni Network. He guided the Institute through two changes in its staff leadership and its 40th anniversary, and he provides ongoing counsel on marketing and communications strategies. A 32-year veteran of the broadcast industry, Mr. MacKay has been a broadcast journalist and senior executive at CJOH-TV in Ottawa. He played a major role for the industry in the development of the Canadian television program classification system and on-air ratings icons, setting the rules for the depiction of violence on television, focusing on the protection of young children. He is past chair of MediaSmarts (formerly the Media Awareness Network) and the Children’s Wish Foundation (National Capital Chapter).
Nicole Marcil-Gratton, M.Sc (Démographie), Université de Montréal; D.E.A., Université de Paris I – Sorbonne
Nicole Marcil-Gratton joined the Board of the Institute in 1991 and brought to program discussions her extensive research experience on a wide array of family issues. Her work covered many subjects, including contraception, aging and changes observed in families and family structure, particularly the impact of divorce, the recomposition of families (e.g. with step-parents or a single parent), blended families with new siblings and sharing daily life between two households on the family trajectories of children. Among her significant accomplishments in her community is involvement in the creation of a palliative care home for severely sick children ‒ La Maison André-Gratton ‒ that provides respite for their parents and care for the remainder of the children’s lives.
Dr. Carol Matusicky, PhD Adult Education and Family Studies, University of Toronto; Doctorate of Laws (honoris causa), UBC
Dr. Carol Matusicky holds the honour of being the longest serving Board member of the Institute, having completed two separate, consecutive terms, leading the Program Committee and as President 2001‒2003. She saw the Institute as the only independent national research and educational organization committed to the well-being of Canadian families and contributed her experience as executive director of the BC Council for Families for 25 years. A well-known and highly respected champion of early childhood development, Dr. Matusicky was recognized by the BC United Way for her many years coordinating early childhood development programs in the province. Dr. Matusicky remains extensively involved in her community as a Fellow of the National Council for Early Childhood Development and on the board of directors for Burnaby Family Life. She continues her relationship with the Institute as Co-Chair of the Alumni Network.
Alan Mirabelli, BA, Co-Executive Director (30+ years, retired), Executive Emeritus member of Alumni Network
Alan Mirabelli joined the Institute staff in 1975. After a period of some executive turmoil at the organization, he and Dr. Robert Glossop were asked by the Board of Directors in 1984 to assume the responsibility for guiding and redirecting the work of the Institute as co-executive directors. Mr. Mirabelli assumed responsibility for communications, finance and administration. Under his leadership, the Institute returned to sound financial footing, and its educational, outreach and knowledge transfer mandates were modernized and expanded. Mr. Mirabelli succeeded in doing that to which many academics aspire, namely the translation of sophisticated information and knowledge into terminology and language that is accessible and helpful to people as they go about making decisions in their own lives. His talent as a communicator with a sense of purpose and passion and his almost uncanny capacity to understand and appreciate the preoccupations and interests of the audience account for much of the success of the Institute.
Alanna Mitchell, BA, BAA (journalism), LLD (honoris causa), DSL (honoris causa), author, journalist
Alanna Mitchell is a Canadian author and journalist. She spent 17 years in print journalism and in that capacity wrote regularly about the Institute and its work, including extensive reportage on the Institute’s Families Count: Profiling Canada’s Families reports. Ms. Mitchell left daily journalism in 2004 to devote herself to writing popular science books and magazine articles, specializing in investigating changes to the earth’s life-support systems.
Professor Mossman has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1977, after several years on the faculty of the University of New South Wales, Australia. She has been a visiting professor at several Canadian law schools and also in Japan, Australia, France and the United States. She served as Dean and Associate Dean at Osgoode and was director of Osgoode’s Institute for Feminist Legal Studies 2002‒2010. She also served (on leave from Osgoode) as the first clinic funding manager for the Ontario Legal Aid Plan’s community legal clinics. Professor Mossman joined the Vanier Institute Board in 1988, providing advice on research projects relating to family law and reproductive technologies. She has taught family law for more than 25 years and recently published a sociological casebook, Families and the Law (Captus Press 2012). She maintains her involvement with the Institute as a member of the Alumni Network.
Dr. Lawrence J. Nestman, PhD, BComm, CA, MHSA, Professor Emeritus, School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University
Dr. Lawrence J. Nestman joined the Institute Board in 1984 and served as President from 1988‒90. With his background in the areas of health policy, family policy, program evaluation and financial management, Professor Nestman provided valuable expertise and guidance to the Institute as it moved into its third decade of service to the families of Canada. He has also been a board member of other voluntary organizations at the national, provincial and local levels. On the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, he received a commemorative medal from the Governor General in recognition of his “significant contributions to compatriots, community and to Canada” and, in 2009, he received the Campion College, University of Regina Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Professor Nestman continues to be involved with the Institute through its Alumni Network.
Dr. Rosemary Ommer, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of History and Geography, University of Victoria
Dr. Rosemary Ommer joined the Institute Board in 1990, when she was the research director at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Memorial University specializing in the history of rural fishery communities and informal economies. Dr. Ommer chaired the Program Committee in 1994, guiding the Board in its program thinking during the International Year of the Family, a groundbreaking year for the Institute. Her background in interdisciplinary work, which involves engaging academics in different fields and collaborating to find a common language, was very helpful in framing the research work of the Institute, which involves the synthesis of information from diverse disciplines related to family and making it more accessible and understandable by creating a common language. She completed two terms on the board of directors of Genome BC.
Joel Raby’s management of the Vanier Institute Endowment Fund spanned more than 15 years, throughout his career at Jarislowsky Fraser & Company and at Magna Vista Capital Management. Over the years, he has given his time to numerous non-profit organizations, including the Fondation du Grand Montréal and the Jewish General Hospital Foundation. He is a past-president of the Akiva School and the Montreal Jewish Community Foundation, and now chairs the investment committee of the McGill University endowment fund. Mr. Raby has been a true asset to the Institute, always having made himself available when issues such as ethical investing were a topic of discussion.
Dr. David Ross, PhD, social economist, contributor to the Institute, former CEO, Canadian Council on Social Development (retired)
Dr. David Ross’ association with the Institute goes back to the late 1970s, when, as an independent scholar and consultant, he was commissioned to write seminal papers focusing on the place of families in the economy. A social economist with graduate degrees from the University of Alberta and Duke, his interests have involved child poverty, income and child well-being, and the linkage of the family to the broader economic system. His research focused on the belief that economic inequality and the social exclusion resulting from it were the main causes of many of today’s societal and family problems. As a social economist, he was critical of mainstream economic analysis, a discussion that tended to focus only on the impact of economic policies on traditional indicators, such as GDP, prices, interest rates and business profits, and not on the impact of the system and policies on the functioning and well-being of families and communities. His work at the Institute on the informal economy attempted to provide a greater understanding of the kind of economic system and policies that would provide maximum benefit to families and communities. In this regard, he published with Vanier colleague Peter Usher the book From the Roots Up: Economic Development As If Community Mattered. In addition to his relationship with the Institute, Mr. Ross has worked with the federal cabinet office and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, and he served as CEO of the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD).
Judith Sapp served on the Board of the Institute from 1988-98, and as President during the International Year of the Family in 1994 when the first edition of Families Count: Profiling Canada’s Families was released. She steered the Institute during a time when society was working through the changing definition of family, created by the evolving diversity of the family unit in Canada. Ms. Sapp has a stellar record of community service including Mount Saint Vincent University’s Board of Governors, as a founding director and past chair of the board of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax and chair of the Board of Governors of the Atlantic School of Theology. Ms. Sapp continues to be involved with the Institute through its Alumni Network.
Roger Sauvé’s long association with the Vanier Institute has resulted in one of the organization’s most widely quoted publications, The Current State of Canadian Family Finances. This resource, based on Mr. Sauvé’s analysis and objective interpretation of Statistics Canada and other reliable data, was one of the first to raise concern about increasing levels of family debt. For more than 35 years, he has provided analytical assessments related to economics, demographics and social trends, labour markets and forecasting, and he is often sought out by journalists to interpret data related to these topics.
For almost three decades, Paula Theetge served as secretary to the Board of Directors of the Institute and its committees, and as bookkeeper for some 20 years. Ms. Theetge ensured that the day-to-day finances of the organization were diligently administered and that the Board was provided with the information required in order to perform its fiduciary responsibilities. She retired from the Institute in 2012.
Steven Smith has been managing the Vanier Institute Endowment Fund since 2004. Mr. Smith has more than 25 years in the investment industry and joined Beutel Goodman in 2001. He is responsible for portfolio management and client servicing for the Beutel Goodman Private Client Group. He has served as a member of the board and chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and currently serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Toronto and its Charitable Foundation.
Norma Tombari is the current chair of the Institute’s Work-Life Leadership Circle. At RBC, she leads the knowledge centre for diversity and inclusion, which incorporates strategic planning, change management, communications and marketing, learning/leadership development, work/life and flexibility initiatives, and the integration of diversity into business and talent management practices and processes as Director of Global Diversity. Ms. Tombari has been a long-time supporter of the research and dissemination of the Institute’s work, in particular the first issue of Families Count: Profiling Canada’s Families (Families Count). She is on the executive advisory committee of the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Inclusive Work Environments, a member of the Advisory Board to the University of Guelph’s Centre for Family, Work and Well-Being, a member of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Girl’s Advisory Fund Committee and the DiverseCity Steering Committee, a board member for Equitas and the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.
Louise Vaillancourt joined the Institute Board in 1979, served as Chair of the Human Resources Committee, as President from 1985-88 and then stayed on the Board as Past President until 1992. As a board member of many national companies, Mrs. Vaillancourt provided experienced leadership during turbulent times at the Institute during the 1980s when the organization was facing a number of serious fiscal and operational challenges. She was incredibly encouraging to staff at the Institute during this time, inspiring creativity and innovation in getting the organization back on an even keel. One of her many outstanding contributions was her ability to fundraise. Because Mrs. Vaillancourt sat on corporate boards as well as on boards of non-profit organizations, she believed her mandate was to explain corporate philosophy to NGOs and vice versa. She was an ambassador bridging both worlds. Her contributions were recognized by her appointment to the Order of Canada in 1984.
Marie Vaillancourt, Investment Advisor
Marie Vaillancourt has the unique distinction of being the first “second generation” Institute board member. She first started as the outside member of the Investment Committee in 1993. She joined the Board in 1995, staying on until 2001, and returned to the Board in 2004 for another six years. Her years of service, combined with those of her mother, have resulted in more than 30 years of dedication to the Institute by the Vaillancourt family. She served as Treasurer, acting as the financial conscience of the Institute, bringing a solid fiscal discipline to the organization’s financial affairs as well as its programming initiatives. She has long encouraged the Institute to explore fundraising concepts in order to allow it to expand its program capacity beyond what is possible through the resources provided by the Endowment Fund. Ms. Vaillancourt continues to be involved with the Institute through its Alumni Network.