Canadian Adventist Receives Medal for Advocacy
ASeventh-day Adventist has received one of Canada’s top honors, a result of his work in religious liberty.
Barry W. Bussey, was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of his work to support religious liberty in Canada and internationally. He received the award on January 30, 2013, in a ceremony in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.
AWARD WINNER: Barry Bussey, a Seventh-day Adventist active in religious liberty matters, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in a ceremony at Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario.According to Maurice Vellacott, a member of Parliament representing the Saskatoon-Wanuskewin constituency, Bussey “has played an important role in the fight to preserve religious liberty in Canada and internationally. . . . His effective voice on behalf of [the Seventh-day Adventist Church] has helped to broaden the representation of Canadians who are defending religious liberty here and abroad.”
Bussey, who spent more than 15 years in denominational service as a pastor, attorney, and religious liberty advocate, concluding as director of United Nations relations for the General Conference, is legal affairs vice president for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, in Elmira, Ontario.
The Diamond Jubilee medal was created to mark 2012 celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal “serves to honor significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.”
“It’s for the cause,” Barry said. “This medal is because of religious liberty. We have wonderful blessings in Canada, but I know around the world there are brothers and sisters suffering because of their faith, and that’s why I’m involved.”
The award presentation was held on January 30, in the House of Commons chamber in the Parliament building in Ottawa. MP Vellacott was on hand to present the award. Also present at the ceremony were Barry’s family members, friends, and colleagues.
—reported by Alexandra Yeboah, Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada