Councillor Berku receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Councillor Dida Berku

Côte Saint-Luc, June1, 2012 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to announce that Councillor Dida Berku has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment.

The letter signed by the Governor General accompanying the medal reads: “In granting you this honour, I thank you for your dedicated service to your peers, to your community and to Canada.”

“I am very honoured to have received this award,’’ said councillor Berku who was first elected in 1990 in an effort to protect the green space at the Meadowbrook Golf Course. “I would like to thank Senator Judith Seidman for having recommended me for my environmental efforts.”

Councillor Berku has been a Côte Saint-Luc councillor for over 17 years, including representing the Borough of Cote Saint‐Luc/Hampstead/Montreal West as Leader of the Majority of the City Council of Montreal, during the merger years (2001‐2004). “Throughout the years there have been so many causes and issues that have drawn my attention,” Councillor Berku said. “I have devoted myself to them with passion and purpose and I am proud that my efforts have been recognized.”

“I’ve known Dida since 1994 and she is a worthy recipient of this medal,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “It is rare to find someone who combines the precision of an attorney, the political smarts of an elected representative, and the passion of an environmentalist. She is someone whose advice and counsel I rely upon.”

Councillor Dida Berku with David Fletcher during a Jane's Walk tour of Meadowbrook, on May 10, 2012Councillor Berku first got involved in municipal politics as a young law student at McGill University in 1974. She and her fellow activists successfully prevented the demolition of historic mansions and other heritage buildings in the Goden Square Mile, which kick-started the preservation movement in Montreal. Throughout her legal practice and municipal career, she has defended the principles of heritage preservation, tenants’ rights and the protection of green space.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accesion to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.



For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, or Dida Berku, 514-531-6896.

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