Ron MacIsaac almost committed a breach of royal etiquette while waiting to shake hands with the Queen.
It was back in 1965 and MacIssac was travelling the world with a group of distinguished delegates on their way to the Commonwealth Law Convention in India.
“I was in there (in a reception line) ready to shake hands, not knowing she doesn’t shake hands,” MacIssac recalls with a smile.
The longtime lawyer, who has lived on the waterfront at Langford Lake for 25 years, was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for significant contributions to community and country.
The 86-year-old MacIsaac was the founding member of the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition and the first president of Together Against Poverty Society.
He was among 30 people who received the award at a ceremony with Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca MP Randall Garrison.
The medal was created to celebrate Elizabeth’s accession to the throne 60 years ago.
Other recipients with a West Shore connection include Vickie Weber (Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue), Betty Paquette (West Shore Adult Day Program) and Don R.L. Brown (West Shore Kinsmen and Rotary clubs).