February 23, 2012
The medals awarded to Tommy Douglas, the former Premier of Saskatchewan, will be on display in Regina.
Shirley Douglas, the daughter of Tommy Douglas, will lend her father’s medals to the Regina Coin Club so they can be displayed at their show on April 21-22.
George Manz, president of the Regina Coin Club, welcomed the news, calling the event a “once in a lifetime opportunity to view these priceless medals.”
The 19-piece set of medals, awards, military insignia, photographs and letters include a1937 Coronation medal engraved to Tommy Douglas when he was a Member of Parliament for Weyburn, a 1953 Coronation medal engraved while he was Premier of Saskatchewan, a 1937 Coronation medal engraved to his wife Irma Douglas, as well as the military medals from the Boer War and the World War I awarded to Tommy’s father, Thomas Douglas Senior.
In addition, the Protocol Office of the Ministry of Executive Council of the Province of Saskatchewan will lend the Order of Canada and Order of Saskatchewan medals that were awarded to Tommy Douglas so they can be seen at the coin show. This will be the first time that all of the medals awarded to Tommy Douglas will be displayed in one place.
To most Canadians, Tommy Douglas is considered the Father of Medicare. So strong are the feelings Canadians have for the founder of Medicare that in 2004, Canadians voted overwhelmingly for Tommy Douglas as “The Greatest Canadian That Ever Lived” in a contest conducted by the CBC.
The Douglas collection will be on display at the Regina Coin Club spring show, April 21-22. The show takes place at the Wilfred Orr Centre (formerly known as Western Christian College) located at 4400-4th Avenue near the corner of Lewvan Drive. The show is in the gymnasium with the doors opening at 10:00 am on both days.
The Tommy Douglas medals will not be the only items that collectors can expect to see at the show. Coin and stamp dealers from across Canada will have plenty of coins and stamps for sale at the show.
For more information, contact George Manz at (306) 352-2337. website: www.reginacoinclub.com