The Mission City Record carried the following story on November 5, 2012: “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals for 11 Missionites”
The article reported that “Eleven Mission residents were presented with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals by MP Randy Kamp at Cedarbrooke Chateau on Nov. 3.”
Among the Award recipients was LINC’s Sherry Edmunds-Flett. The Mission City Record included the following about Sherry:
“Sherry was born in Kingston, Ontario and graduated from Queen’s University in 1982 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. Sherry continued on in her studies and earned a Bachelors degree in Education in English and Music.
Later on, Sherry earned a Masters in African Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned doctoral candidate status in History at Simon Fraser University.
Sherry is a founding member of the Black Canadian Studies Association and a lifetime member of the Association of Black Women Historians.
Sherry met her husband Glenn while he was in prison and teaching Adult Basic Education in provincial prisons. Sherry and Glenn then founded the Long-Term Inmates Now in the Community (L.I.N.C.) Society which seeks to positively intervene in the lives of persons sentenced to lengthy terms of incarceration and in the lives of their families.
Sherry has successfully promoted her philosophy of restorative justice by helping offenders reintegrate into their communities to become positive contributors. Sherry’s efforts have brought hope to many who otherwise would have found themselves hopeless.”
Other Missionites who received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award were: Dr. Marco Terwiel, Claire Clemo, Amanda Peebles, Leslie Reed, Sgt. Bob Reed, Dave Bryant, Don Lobb, Cal Crawford, Ken Herar, Sherry Edmunds-Flett, and Vir Singh Pannu were recognized for their service to the Mission.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.