CTV’s Tom Brown recognized with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

CTV Toronto’s Tom Brown has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Recognized for his work on the station’s annual Toy Mountain campaign benefitting The Salvation Army, Brown has helped make wishes come true on Christmas morning for thousands of children across the GTA since becoming involved when he joined CTV News in 2004.

Presided over by the Honourable David C. Onley, Brown received the prestigious award in a ceremony held last night at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

“It was my privilege to nominate Tom Brown for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,” said Major John Murray of The Salvation Army. “Tom is a passionate supporter of the Salvation Army and those that we serve. He is dedicated and committed to helping raise awareness of The Salvation Army’s work and he is engaged in every aspect of the CTV Toy Mountain Campaign. Tom is most worthy of this special honour and The Salvation Army is proud to call him a friend.”

Brown was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizes recipients for outstanding contributions to their communities and long-term exemplary service. In addition to being a symbol of remarkable achievements, the Diamond Jubilee Medal is also a celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years of service and devotion to our great country.

“Tom’s vivacious energy and community spirit are palpable, and make him the perfect person to inspire others to get involved,” said Paul Rogers, Senior Vice President, CTV News. “Tom leads by example, and his greatest reward is being able to give back – so it is my sincere pleasure to congratulate him for this honourable recognition.”

In addition to his dedication to the Toy Mountain campaign each year, Brown is also passionate about children with special needs and regularly participates in events to benefit the Durham Region Down Syndrome Association. Every year, he acts as Master of Ceremonies for the “Walk So Kids Can Talk” for Kids Help Phone, the Cystic Fibrosis Society “Great Strides” walkathon, and the Children’s Charity Variety Village annual “Walk-n-Roll” fundraiser. In recognition of his dedication and support of children’s charities, Brown was the recipient of Variety Village’s 2011 Spotlight Award. In addition, he champions children’s health services at The Hospital for Sick Children, Princess Margaret Hospital, and Oshawa Hospital Foundation.

Brown is extremely supportive of the Canadian Cancer Society and their efforts to raise funds for cancer research and support services. For the last four years, Brown has served as Master of Ceremonies for the organization’s annual “Cops for Cancer” fundraiser in Toronto’s Peel Region.

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