When Moose Jaw’s 17-year-old Kyle Morhart received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recently, he didn’t know why he received it.
“My first thought was: What am I winning this for?” said Morhart. “I was honoured to receive it … I felt like I received it on behalf of the group that I worked with.”
Morhart received the medal for his work with the Aboriginal Youth Group with the local YMCA. Morhart was one of three Moose Javians to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal at Government House in Regina last week. Bernice Crosbie and Lacey Corey also received the medal. A total of 41 recipients were awarded with the medal at the ceremony.
Morhart is a Faculty of Arts student at the University of Regina, but he said that is just for a place to “figure things out.” He hopes to be a teacher. Through his work with the YMCA, he helped put on a lot of events for Métis and Aboriginal youth. The objective was to make Moose Jaw Aboriginal and Métis youth more active in the community by giving them more to do with a common theme of drug prevention.
“I (volunteered) because I wanted to be more involved,” said Morhart. “I was surprised (to receive the medal). I am proud of myself, but I know that there’s lots of other people who work hard in the community of Moose Jaw who would also deserve the award and so I was flattered.”
Bernice Crosbie, who is almost 80, said she was “certainly surprised” to receive the medal. She is still active with Heritage Moose Jaw, the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and Pioneers' Lodge.
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