Hogue honoured with Queen's Jubilee Medal
Portage la Prairie MLA Ian Wishart, left, shakes hands with Orille Hogue, a veteran of WWII and Portage resident, after presenting him with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the community. (Jordan Maxwell/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)
A local Portage la Prairie resident was honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal at the Portage District General Hospital.
Orille Hogue, a veteran of World War II, received the medal in his hospital room surrounded by friends and family.
Portage MLA Ian Wishart was on hand to present the medal and said it was a great honour to present the medal to a deserving community member in Hogue.
"This is a really great pleasure. This is the first one we've given out. We did rush it a little bit because his health is not the best," he said. "He's a great man who has contributed to the community over the years and we're very pleased to present this to him."
Hogue also won the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal about 25 years ago for his commitment to the armed services and his work for Manitoba Highways.
He said he was happy to win this award and thanked those in attendance.
"I think it's important and I think everyone should have a shot at it. It's something that you should go for and a lot of people are doing things (out there)," said Hogue.
"The Gold Medal was really special because I worked for that one. People were served in civil service were eligible and I was nominated by my peers."
Hogue was honoured for his work in the community on Thursday, specifically for his work with seniors, the Portage Terriers and the local curling association.
Most recently, Hogue created a few bursary funds with the Community Foundation of Portage and District to help youth in the local community in both education and vocational skills
In memory of his late wife, Hogue created the Gwen Hogue Bursary Fund for $100,000.
Gwen worked for 17 years teaching English in the Portage School Division, and so the bursary will go to a grade 12 student at Portage Collegiate who is looking to pursue a career in education and who has a passion for literature.
Hogue also established the Orille Hogue Bursary fund for $100,000 in honour of his many years spent with Manitoba Highways. The bursary will help to support students from PCI who are looking to enter a trade.
The bursary will be available to students entering a community college program to learn a trade – whether it be hairdressing, mechanics, health care, or something else.
An official presentation is expected to take place for all medal winners at the Manitoba Legislature in October.