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Canada National Ballet School's Artistic Director, Mavis Staines To Receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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Feb 06, 2013 12:40 PM EST | Ema White

Mavis Staines, C.M., DHumL

Mavis Staines, C.M., DHumL (Photo : Dan Cremin)

Mavis Staines, C.M., DHumL, director of Canada National Ballet School, will be honored today by receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  

Mavis Staines will receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal for her commitment to the education as well as well-being of individuals in the field of dance. Staines will receive the medal alongside with others of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario. The ceremony will take place today at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her majesty Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The medal is given to honor great achievements and contribution of individuals in various fields.

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The Diamond Jubilee Gala hosted by The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will include performances by musicians such as Michael Burgess, Bruce Cockburn,  Canadian artists Tom Cochrane, and Liona Boyd, to name a few.

Born in Quebec's Eastern Townships, Mavis Staines, received her ballet training at NBS and later on became a First Soloist in The National Ballet of Canada.

Staines was appointed as Artistic Director at NBS in 1989, and was named one of the Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network in 2006. In 2010, Mavis Staines became a Member of the Order of Canada.

Staines devoted her life to evolve ballet education as well to bring dance to the wider community.

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