… 2022 PEI Senior Islander of the Year Award…
On October 21, 2022, Pieter Valkenburg received the PEI Senior Islander of the Year Award, for his ongoing research to uncover the stories and photos of those who served in WW1 and WW2, and sharing his research findings with the public.
The certificate was presented by the Hon. Matthew Mackay, Minister for the Department of Social Development and Housing, and Audrey Morris, Chairperson, PEI Seniors Secretariat, in a ceremony at the Loyalist Inn in Summerside. (See https://onthewarmemorialtrail.com/2022/10/23/pieter-receives-pei-senior-islander-of-the-year-award/)
….Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal For Volunteers….
On April 30, 2021, Pieter Valkenburg was presented with the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal For Volunteers, for his ongoing research to uncover the stories and photos of those who served in WW1 and WW2, and sharing his research findings with the public. (See https://www.gg.ca/en/honours/recipients/342-116665)
The insignia was presented to him by the Hon. Catherine Callbeck, CM, OPEI, LLD, on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, P.C., Administrator of the Government of Canada, via a virtual private ceremony.
You can read about this event here: https://bordencarletonresearchproject.wordpress.com/2021/05/04/on-the-war-memorial-trail-pieter-awarded-sovereigns-medal-for-volunteers/
Pieter was subsequently interviewed by CBC Radio, and the interview broadcast on Mainstreet PEI on May 7, 2021. Here is the link to the interview: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-130-mainstreet-pei/clip/15842161-pieter-valkenburgs-volunteer-medal which includes the following introduction: “…A recognition of volunteer work that has been well done and continues – Pieter Valkenburg has just received the ‘Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers’ for his efforts to find the stories and photos of several PEI soldiers who died during World War One and World War Two….”
… Senate of Canada 150 Medal…
In November 2017, Pieter and Daria were awarded the Senate of Canada 150 Medal for their contribution to the history of PEI by uncovering the stories behind the names through the Borden-Carleton Cenotaph Research Project.
….Remarks in the Senate of Canada….
November 1, 2018 Remarks in the Senate of Canada by Senator Mike Duffy about this project: See 2018 Hansard Entry remarks by Mike Duffy