Queen’s Medal for Dr. Koyzis
Diamond Jubilee Award recognizes work with persecuted Christians
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November 26, 2012

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, a new medal was created to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Dr. David Koyzis, Professor of Political Science, was recently awarded one of these Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals for his work in promoting religious freedom. Dr. Koyzis was nominated by Mr. Peter Bhatti, the head of International Christian Voice (ICV) and brother to the late Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian in Pakistan’s government, who was assassinated in March of last year for his efforts to repeal that country’s blasphemy law. Dr. Koyzis was presented with the medal by David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale in Central Presbyterian Church, where the Koyzis family worships. Not surprising for those who know him, Dr. Koyzis is very gracious about the award. “I am an adopted Canadian who has lived in this country for just over 27 years, 25 of which have been spent teaching at Redeemer. In that time I have mentored quite a number of remarkable young people who have gone on to distinguish themselves in a variety of fields relevant to public service. I cannot help but think that they are my principal contribution to Canada. Thus this award is theirs as well.”

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