February 5, 2013
Hebert’s Memory Honoured with Jubilee Medal
Ottawa, ON — On February 5, Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, was at the 580 CFRA studio to present a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal dedicated to the memory of Greg Hebert. Greg’s wife Lauren and mother Judy were there to accept the medal in his place.
“Our commitment to Canada is strengthened when we collectively recognize those who distinguish themselves by virtue of their talents, generosity and service to our communities,” said Poilievre. “Greg touched so many lives throughout his career at CFRA and continued to do so after he left. When cancer changed his life forever, he became a champion for the cause, increasing awareness and raising money for further research and treatment.”
From 2003 until 2010, Mr. Hebert was the Senior News Editor at News Talk Radio 580 CFRA. In 2009, doctors told him that he had a rare form of cancer in his jaw. For two years he underwent surgery, radiation treatment, chemotherapy and a bone graft until the cancer was labeled terminal and inoperable. Unable to continue his position with CFRA, Mr. Hebert decided he would make the best of his situation by fundraising for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, on whose board he was a member. While continuing his chemotherapy, he raised nearly $200,000 for research and treatment and also increased awareness of his rare cancer type. Sadly, Mr. Hebert passed away on December 20, 2012.
“Although it is the greatest of honours to accept this award on my husband’s behalf, Greg’s incredible inspiration and fighting spirit lives on,” said Lauren. “He will always be in our hearts and has left a legacy of endless philanthropy and unwavering determination. I have never been more proud and in love with him than I am at this moment.”
A charitable trust, Team Greggybear, still exists to continue increasing awareness and fundraising for cancer research. In addition to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Mr. Hebert was also recognized with the Amazing Person Award from CTV in 2011 and, that same year, the Group Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to celebrate Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne 60 years ago. This commemorative medal is a tangible and lasting way to pay tribute to 60,000 Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their community, their organization and the country. It provides an opportunity to look back and honour those who helped make Canada what it is today, and to look forward and recognize youth who are actively involved in our country’s future.