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NOW founders Alice Klein and Michael Hollett were among those honored Monday night at a Queen's Park ceremony as recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The awards are presented in honour of the Queen's 60th year on the throne to Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities.
In presenting the award Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns cited the pair's roles in founding NOW Magazine and the NXNE music and film festival, and joked that Hollett was more familiar with being in front of the legislature protesting than inside the building.
Tabuns cited Klein's early years growing up in racially divided and impoverished Philadelphia as key in her development as a activist.
An impressive array of east Toronto citizens were celebrated Monday as part of this nationwide program including: Jack Aldred, Catherine Andrews, Susan Baker, Dale Cheung, Glenn Dickson, Takis Liris, Valerie Mah, George McKeil, Rev. Jim Parker, Sadik Shaikh, Michael Shapcott and Father Roberto Ubertino.
Photos by Cheol Joon Beak.