Beverley Milligan, CEO of Media Access Canada, has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her many years of work on behalf of Canadians with disabilities in the area of accessible media.
“No(t) only am I so very honoured by this recognition, but also my mother, who is deaf and needs closed captioning to understand audio in media, was born the same year as Queen Elizabeth - a parallel that makes the award very special to me,” Milligan said in a statement.
The award recognizes Milligan’s ongoing contributions to Canadian society through her work developing the corporate sponsorship model that led to widespread closed-captioning of television programs for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has also worked tirelessly to push for increased attention to and funding for accessibility in broadcasting, telecommunications and on the Web.
“It is a well known fact that what is good for Canadians with disabilities is good for all Canadians, so it has always been an honour to volunteer in this area,” Milligan added.
In celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, 60,000 Canadians who have made exceptional contributions to their country are being honoured with the medals. The Lieutenant Governor and a group of distinguished Ontarians will present the medals at a special Diamond Jubilee Gala at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, on February 6, 2013.