Transatlantic is thrilled to share that bestselling author Natasha Deen has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal by the Alberta Foundation of the Art’s!

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) was honoured to select 15 recipients from Alberta’s arts community to receive Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medals. 

While Alberta has no shortage of incredible individuals who have enriched Alberta and its arts sector with their dedication and mastery, the AFA was privileged to recognize 15 outstanding individuals for their contributions.

Two presentation ceremonies were held in Edmonton on January 30 and in Calgary on February 2, where the AFA presented the medals to the recipients.

The first commemorative medals in Alberta were awarded in 2005, marking Alberta’s 100th anniversary of its entry into Confederation. The history of the medals reaches as far back as 1887 with the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Through the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Recognition Act, the Government of Alberta created Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta). The medal is awarded to 7,000 Albertans.

Natasha Deen’s family moved from Guyana, South America to Canada to escape the country’s political & racial violence. She loved growing up in a country of snow & flannel, but often felt out of place. Thank goodness for books that showed her being different could also mean being awesome. Natasha lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family where she spends A LOT of time arguing with her cats and dogs about who’s the boss of the house.

Natasha is represented by Amy Tompkins.

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Congratulations Natasha!