Country musician latest to receive Diamond Jubilee Medal
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 11:13 am
Country music star, philanthropist and former Airdrie resident is now also a Diamond Jubilee medal recipient.
While in Ottawa June 6, Paul Brandt, 40, met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“Paul’s an amazing Canadian and I’m proud to call him a constituent,” said MP Blake Richards said outside the Prime Minister’s Office, where Brandt was awarded the medal.
“While many of us have been touched by his music, he’s also helped countless people in need through his Build it Forward Foundation. Truly, he is an example to us all.”
Brandt was awarded the medal, created to honour the Queen for her 60 years of dedicated services, for his work with his Build it Forward Foundation and for his contributions to country music in Canada.
His foundation raises money and awareness to benefit those in need, both in Canada and abroad, with a special emphasis on the challenges facing widows and orphans worldwide and people in emergency needs.
Some of the projects from the foundation includes a fundraiser which brought in $175,000 to benefit the Town of Slave Lake after the 2011 fire that devastated the community.
Brandt is one of 60,000 people to receive the medal, which Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities.
Calls to Brandt’s media relations were not returned for comment before press time.