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"We Are Just The Boat" - The Clemons Receive Top Canadian Medal

Michael and Diane Lee Clemons awarded Meritorious Service Cross. Pinball Clemons Foundation is proud to announce that Michael and Diane Lee Clemons have been awarded the Meritorious Service Cross.

The Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) enable the Governor General, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and all Canadians, to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and remarkable contributions made by members of our community. The Clemons were recognized for providing marginalized youth with better access to education through the Pinball Clemons Foundation.

"Today we embrace a culture of collaboration, the excellence of our village. The indomitable spirit and enviable dedication of our team, the compassion, competence and creativity of our mentors, the uncommon generosity and untold commitment of our donors and the grind, gratitude and greatness of our students. It’s an explosion of opportunity, yielding a river of results and Diane and I are just elated to be on the boat!” - Michael "Pinball" Clemons


The Pinball Clemons Foundation provides marginalized youth with educational resources and options to integrate into the mainstream of society. With the implementation of a customized mentorship program and financial support, we are removing the barriers that often hinder success. The ultimate goal is not a diploma or degree – we want to see youth successfully enter the workforce, gainfully employed in careers they desire.

"I am only one but I am one, I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do I ought to do and what I ought to do by the grace of God I will do.’ Giving is just a part of our DNA and we were both the very same youth we are helping today. Because of our generous donors, mentors and staff, we’re able to take young people from the margins to mainstream. We rise by lifting others." - Diane Lee Clemons: “


Thanks to Michael and Diane’s vision, we have been able to support 1,500 youth annually, including…

Michael and Diane Lee Clemons are proof that good things come to those who are willing to sacrifice to reach a worthwhile goal. Words can’t express how proud we are of our Founders.


To learn more about The Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division please click here.

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