A 1995-1999 Governor General's Academic Medal; Birks
A 1995-1999 Governor General's Academic Medal; Birks - Bronze gilt, maker marked "BIRKS" on the edge, obverse illustrating the right-facing conjoined busts of Governor General Romeo LeBlanc and his wife, Diana, inscribed "GOUVERNEUR GÉNÉRAL - CANADA - GOVERNOR GENERAL" above and "ROMEO LeBLANC - DIANA FOWLER LeBLANC" below, reverse illustrating the coat-of-arms of Governor General LeBlanc (who served as Governor General of Canada from February 8, 1995 to October 7, 1999), reeded edges on both sides, 53 mm, oxidation spot on the edge, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, gilt Governor General of Canada's insignia on the lid, recessed medal bed with ribboned lift, case extremely fine. Footnote: Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873, to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. For more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50,000 people who have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal as the start of a life of accomplishment. Today, the Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.