Pollard Awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal
The Chancellery of Honours, an office of the Governor General of Canada, has awarded Reginald Pollard with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Pollard is chairman of Pollard Windows, a manufacturer of wood and vinyl windows, as well as entry systems, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Commemorating the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, the medal honors Canadians who have made significant contributions and achievements to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the previous 60 years. Pollard was honored in a recent ceremony, held in Hamilton, Ontario, along with 29 other people from the region.
"I was surprised and deeply honored to be awarded this Queen’s Jubilee medal," Pollard states. "Originating from Great Britain, this award has a special significance in the sense that I like many others, came to Canada with a dream and achieved great success in building a business from the ground up."
Pollard was also recently inducted into the Burlington, Ontario, Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as the Burlington Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 by the Burlington Economic Development Corp. in June. "I feel especially blessed this year," Pollard says. "It has been wonderful to not only be recognized by your peers but also by your community. Thank you very much."
Pollard Windows was founded by Reginald's father, Norman Pollard, who arrived in Canada in 1947. A skilled carpenter, he taught his wife and children everything he knew about woodworking, and in 1948, the family business was born. They company started as a prefab garage and garden shed business and slowly evolved into the window business, responding to the requests of people who couldn't obtain windows because of shortages.
By 1966, Reginald Pollard knew the window business well enough that he was involved with several other industry associates in writing window specifcations for Canada. A founding member of the Canadian Window and Door Association, he was recognized by that organization with an Industry Pioneer Award in 2009. Today, the company has approximately 250 employees and operates 300,000-square-foot facility, with additional offices in Toronto, and Buffalo, N.Y.