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President credits partnerships for medal honour

University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman said his receipt of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tribute to cross-campus partnerships that serve the community.

Dr. Wildeman received the medal in a ceremony August 25 at the nomination of Windsor West MPP Teresa Piruzza, who cited his outstanding contributions to higher education and the economic development of the Windsor-Essex region. The Canadian government created the medal to mark significant achievements in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

“I am truly honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and will forever cherish it,” Wildeman said. “It is without question a tribute to the efforts of the faculty, staff and students at the University of Windsor, and of the many alumni, friends and volunteers who work with us, to make the Windsor-Essex community stronger.”

Wildeman was one of 14 local luminaries to receive the honour Saturday.

“I am proud to have been given this opportunity to recognize 14 outstanding citizens in Windsor Essex,” Piruzza said. “Their spirit of contribution is fittingly recognized with this Diamond Jubilee medal, and we are lucky to have them in our community.”