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Author Claire Festel Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal


Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:23pm

Claire Festel Harbour Publishing would like to congratulate author Claire Festel for being presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal on June 8, 2013. She was presented the medal, an award for significant achievements by Canadians, in recognition of her contributions to the Yukon.

Festel's latest contribution was her book Remarkable Yukon Women, which paints a picture of what life is really like for women in the Yukon. When the Hon. Doug Phillips, Commissioner of the Yukon, presented the Diamond Jubilee medal, he said "The only remarkable Yukon woman missing from the book of the same name was its author, Claire Festel." 

Throughout her lifetime, Festel has lived as a true Yukoner: canoeing, hiking and flying to remote destinations and working as a labourer, trapper, writer and journalist.  She served as Executive Director for the Tourism Industry Association, Chair of the Heritage Resources Board and volunteered for the Yukon Quest sled dog race. Two days before she was awarded the medal, Festel and 29 of the 50 women featured in her book attended a tea where they presented a donation to Karen's Fund, a legacy that provides financial assistance to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, to celebrate the connection between women and their community.