Karen Morris, an employee in the Department of Biology, has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for contributions to her community. She received the award from Premier Kathy Dunderdale at a ceremony on March 1st.
The commemorative medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne as Queen of Canada, is a tangible way for Canada to honour significant contributions by Canadians. Sixty thousand deserving Canadians will be recognized.
Ms. Morris has a long history with environmental and community organizations in the Conception Bay South area.
A founding member of the Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program (KEEP), she is currently president of that organization, having previously served as secretary and vice-chair.
She is also the vice chair of the Conception Bay South Parks Commission; a member of the Conception Bay South Pride in Your Community Committee; and treasurer for the Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Plan (NAACAP), having previously served as vice chair and secretary.
She is also a former board member of the Memorial University Botanical Garden.
“I was honoured and humbled to receive this award, as many people contribute their time to volunteerism in many ways,” said Ms. Morris. “And in all my volunteer work others also work with me and are equally deserving.”
Ms. Morris is a laboratory instructor and undergraduate officer for the Department of Biology. She is also a past recipient of the President's Award for Exemplary Service (2010).