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January 14, 2013

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for George

Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) president Martha George will be recognized Feb. 19 for her contributions to the construction industry in Canada with the official presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The new commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.

George is the recipient of one of 38 medals allocated to the Canadian Construction Association.

In all, 60,000 Canadians will be recognized.

“Those of you who know Martha personally and professionally know this honour is well deserved,” said GVCA chair Scott Buck.

“Martha has made a significant impact on our industry, locally, provincially and nationally. The GVCA board was proud to nominate her.”

George, who launched her career in construction in 1989 when she started a masonry contracting firm with her husband Doug, served as GVCA chair in 2000. She was named president in July 2005.

In industry circles, she has been active in such organizations as the Council of Ontario Construction Associations and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).

The GVCA won the CCA’s member association award of excellence in 2009. The following year, it was recognized by CCA for championing Gold Seal certification.

Martha George

George said she was “blown away” by the fact that she was nominated by the GVCA board for the award and then ultimately selected as a recipient.

“The big rush was the fact that my board thought enough of me to put my name forward,” she said.

“It is hard to really wow me, but that did. It totally blew me away that they thought that much of me.”

George considers the award one of the highlights of her career.

“There are a lot of big fish out there, a lot of major players who have contributed to the industry.”

George will receive the medal at a ceremony held in conjunction with the GVCA’s annual general meeting and presentation of its heritage tributes, honouring previously unrecognized member firms that have been in business for 25 years.

The association represents 680 companies.

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