Recent History – 2002
December 23, 2002
By Kelly Harris, Daily News Staff
Janet Hartford of Tumbler Ridge is the latest person in the Peace Region to receive a Queen’s Jubilee Award Medal.
Hartford was awarded her medal by Prince George-Peace River MP Jay Hill, Wednesday Dec. 18, at the District of Tumbler Ridge town hall.
“Although we were unable to award this medal to both Janet and George Hartford,”Hill said. “I would like to acknowledge the contributions the individuals have made to this community both as a couple as well as on their own.”
The Hartfords first came to the area in 1983 when the community was first built.
The pair taught children out of an ATCO trailer before a school was built.
Janet sat on the Tumbler Ridge Library Board, was involved with the community arts council, and produced the Millennium Daybook Calendar.
Presently, Janet is a member of the Regional Hospital Board, a member of the Peace Liard Community Health Services Society and the Tumbler Ridge Coral Society.
She is also a member of the Tumbler Ridge Umbrella Committee, a group of community organizations representing all social organizations in the municipality.
Janet also organizes the Tumbler Ridge Art Gallery and performs civil marriages in the community as a Marriage Commissioner.
More recently, Janet has been a driving force in the fundraising team which has raised $40,000. towards a swimming pool in Tumbler Ridge.
She also canvasses for the Canadian Cancer Society.
So influential are the Hartfords to the community of Tumbler Ridge, the District of Tumbler Ridge Citizen of the Year award is known as “The Hartford Award.”
Janet is one of 46,000 people across the country being awarded a Jubilee medal for volunteer efforts and work in building Canada and Canadian communities.
The awards are being given out in response to Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee.