- Megan Leslie presents Raymond Taavel's family with his Diamond Jubilee medal
Last fall, the late, very great Raymond Taavel was awarded posthumously with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his dedication to our community. Unfortunately, Taavel's family was unable to attend the ceremony (where his longtime partner Darren Lewis accepted the medal) but earlier this month MP Megan Leslie made the trip to Sault Ste. Marie to finally share the honour. We thought we'd share with you the lovely photo above, snapped at the March 1 ceremony, where Taavel's brother (Andre Taavel), mother (Suzanne Blatter) and sister (Elizabeth Robins) were presented with the award. Leslie tweeted that she also presented the family with Taavel's Best of Halifax award for Best Activist during the visit.