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For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2012

Paul Nguyen Receives Prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Jane-finch.com

BRAMPTON, ON. (March 2, 2012) – Paul Nguyen, founder of Jane-Finch.com, was recently presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the inaugural presentation ceremony in Ottawa.  As one of 60 recipients from across Canada, Nguyen was honoured for fighting stereotypes and acting as a role model and mentor for at-risk youth in his community.  The prestigious award was presented by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada along with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.

Paul Nguyen presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Photo courtesy of The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

“It’s a great feeling for a kid from Jane and Finch to get this honour,” said Nguyen. “It doesn’t matter where you come from, anyone can make a difference.”

Paul Nguyen and Chair Kolb
Regional Chair Emil Kolb congratulates Paul Nguyen. Chair Kolb was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2003.

Nguyen, who also works in the Region of Peel’s Communications and Service Delivery division, founded Jane-Finch.com in 2004.  The website was intended to highlight the positive points of the Jane and Finch neighbourhood, where Nguyen is from, in contrast to the negative images often associated with the area.  What started as a one-page website with facts about Jane and Finch, evolved to showcase rap videos featuring local artists, coverage on important political issues, information on community events, and more.  Over time, the site has grown to provide an important voice for Jane and Finch residents while sharing the community’s culture and history.

“It proves you can do a lot with just a little. That’s a common trait for residents from the Jane-Finch neighbourhood,” said Nguyen.

Nguyen joins the ranks of honoured Canadians including past recipient Regional Chair Emil Kolb.  Chair Kolb received the prestigious Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 as part of the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign as Queen of Canada.

“I’m pleased to congratulate Paul on this honour,” said Chair Kolb.  “It’s wonderful to see the personal accomplishments of Regional staff in addition to the work they do in Peel.”

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne.  This commemorative medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians while also honouring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her service to this country.

Nguyen received his medal as part of the first wave of recipients.  During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.



Mei Ling
Communication Co-ordinator,
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4575,

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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