Peter Fassbender’s work with World Vision Canada has earned him a spot among a rather distinguished group of Canadians.
Fassbender will be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in a ceremony in Ontario later this month.
The City of Langley mayor and World Vision Canada board member is among 27 people who will receive the medal at a ceremony in Mississauga — headquarters of World Vision Canada — on Jan. 27.
The list of recipients includes some of Canada’s biggest names in music, comedy and community activists from coast to coast.
In its release, World Vision Canada praised Fassbender as being “highly recognized in his community as an individual who has real compassion for people and is known for his strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives.
“He is highly respected by elected officials at municipal, provincial and federal levels. He is decisive and sincere about bringing change to help his constituents. He is not afraid to speak his mind, yet does so with diplomacy and kindness,” the release continued.
“He has been a strong promoter and participant of World Food Day in Langley for the past three years, he is a wonderful advocate for the poor resulting in approximately 1,200 senior high school students becoming aware of the needs of the hungry.”
For Fassbender, the reward for his work is not the medal itself, but the results the organization’s efforts have achieved.
“You don’t do these things to get awards. You do it to give back,” he said.
“I’m humbled by it. I appreciate that, you know, people see that what I do has maybe contributed as part of a team to make a difference”.
Fassbender said he got involved with World Vision because he saw them as an organization that is getting results in the world and in Canada.
“It’s well managed, well run.”
Because the NGO keeps its administrative costs to a minimum, donations made to World Vision go to the places they can do the most good, he added.
Fassbender will be in Mississauga for the board’s annual general meeting at the end of the month when the awards are handed out.
This will be the mayor’s second Diamond Jubilee Medal. He also received a Diamond Jubilee Medal from Langley MP Mark Warawa at a ceremony on Nov. 24.