"I have known Harry and Nancy for many years, and when children, animals or the environment are at risk, you can always count on them to pitch in and lend a helping hand. This is an award that is well deserved and long overdue, and their efforts have improved the quality of life for all and the betterment of society here in Canada and abroad" says Michael O'Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of the animal charity: "Teaching and practicing kindness towards children and animals as well as respect for nature, makes us better people.”
During a recent visit to Canada, Prince Charles, best described the underlying purpose of this distinguished award: "Service to others is the central theme of the Diamond Jubilee and it is this that guides the Queen and my family in all that we try to do. Many of the engagements during this tour are deliberately focused on highlighting individual cases of success which tell a wider story so that they might inspire others to become involved in similar ways," he said. "It's the wonderful service of the people of Canada to others that makes it a great place to live. I think the opportunity we're being afforded this year is to celebrate all of that."
The certificate accompanying the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal reads.
The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee and to acknowledge with gratitude the long link between the Royal Family and animal welfare and the global influence felt here in Canada and in other countries around the world because of their commitment to help animals, starting with the letter from Kensington Palace on July 4, 1835 which read in part: “… I have laid before the Duchess of Kent your letter of the 2nd inst. And its enclosure, relating to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals and Her Royal Highness very readily acceded to your request that her name and that of the Princess Victoria be placed on the list of Lady Patronesses.”
He says: “Many Canadians would be surprised to learn that just as in the United Kingdom and the United States, right here in Canada, animals were protected before children – and that organizations for the protection of children were created by many of the same people who had already founded organizations for the protection of animals.”
Over the years, O’Sullivan has worked with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and other animal welfare groups across in Canada and around the world, and says of the privilege of working out of the historic headquarters of the RSPCA on Jermyn Street in London: "Much like that quiet Canadian strength of will and determination, you could feel the same shared sense of compassion and duty to protect those who cannot speak for themselves"
O’Sullivan has a final promise to animals and the people who care about them: “We are humbled by the trust and confidence Canadians have placed in us, and we won’t let them or the animals down. You and I are all that stand between people and those who wish them harm. And when it comes to fighting cruelty, we don’t give up. Ever”, O’Sullivan promises.
“The next time you look at your pet, watch wildlife swim, run or fly, or just stretch your legs by walking through the forest, remember they should all be treated like royalty,” says O’Sullivan.
CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56132698753
[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.
A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]
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