Recently I was honoured to received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubliee Medal from the Manitoba Metis Federation.

This commemorative medal was created to highlight the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country, and to honour those who have made significant contributions to Canada.

I am incredibly thankful, and I accept this medal on behalf of all the boys and girls who have been victimized at the hands of their abusers; on behalf of all the survivors coping each and every day to minimize their pain and move on; on behalf of all the Victors who are dreaming, thriving and succeeding in their lives despite their painful past; and on behalf of all the Advocates in this country who work tirelessly to help the 8,000,000 Canadians who have been sexually abused before the age of 18.

I intend to keep shining a very bright spotlight in those dark corners where pedophiles hide, and to keep this issue of childhood sexual abuse forefront in the minds of Canadians. I hope this medal stands for unity amongst those of us who are demanding that this pandemic of sexual abuse STOPS in our country.

Thank you to the Manitoba Metis Federation, this is a true honour indeed.