Editor, the Times:
Thank you for the article outlining the accomplishments of recent Diamond Jubilee recipient Lindsay Babineau (Times, Feb. 5). It is good to highlight this kind of history as new residents to Abbotsford, such as me, would not know otherwise.
I have the honour of knowing two other Abbotsford residents who have also received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals: Jim Happer and Dave Kandal.
Jim has tirelessly worked on behalf of veterans throughout the Lower Mainland, ensuring that Canadian military history is not forgotten and that veterans are treated with dignity and respect.
Dave Kandal was a vital part of community life in the Abbotsford area for decades, serving to enhance the sporting, education and civic life for all.
In a recent church service at Calvin Presbyterian, where both attend, I had the honour to hold them up as examples of what it means to love God by loving neighbour. Children, youth and adults need examples of lives lived for the public good; both Jim and Dave provide such an example.
Rev. Blair D. Bertrand Abbotsford