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Sheldon Kennedy honoured as Harper hands out Diamond Jubilee medals in Calgary

Sheldon Kennedy, left, a former NHL player and sexual abuse victim, accepts a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, as Alberta Lt.-Gov. Don Ethell looks on during a presentation in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
October 09, 2012 - 1:05 PM

CALGARY - Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy was among the recipients as Prime Minister Stephen Harper handed out Diamond Jubilee medals in Calgary on Tuesday.

Kennedy has become an outspoken champion for the rights of sexual abuse victims since coming forward in the 1990s about his own abuse by former junior hockey coach Graham James.

Harper handed out 180 of the medals, which were created in honour of the Queen's 60th anniversary on the throne this year.

He praised the recipients for going above and beyond to serve their communities.

The prime minister said it takes courage and personal sacrifice to perform tasks that are often considered thankless.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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