January 26, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) –  Andrea Carey, Director of Operations and Community Engagement for the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), Victoria, recieved the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Ottawa, on Friday, January 25, for her contribution as a sport builder on the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC).

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees announced today that London 2012 athletes will be receiving the award, as well as individuals from the CPC who have helped to grow the Paralympic movement in Canada. The ceremonies were held in Vancouver and Ottawa.

Carey has been Director of Operations at PISE since its opening in September 2008. “I am honoured to receive this distinction and to share this event with such incredible company of athletes and builders in sport,” said Carey. “Sport fuels our national pride and identity, and our Paralympic athletes tell that story with such passion and commitment. I am proud to be part of the Paralympic movement, and look forward to continuing to grow opportunities from the grassroots through to high performance.”

Carey is very active in the sports community – as well as her role on the Canadian Paralympic Committee, she is Board Chair for SportHost Victoria and Co-Chair for Promotion Plus Victoria. She is currently on maternity leave, following the birth of her first child.

For a complete list of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal go to: http://www.paralympic.ca/en/Press-Releases.html