Peg Receives the Meritorious Service Cross!

We are overjoyed to share the news that Peg Herbert was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross on Tuesday, December 12. The prestigious honour was presented by the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Canada’s Governor General.

Photo Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG


“Peg Herbert is the founder and executive director of Help Lesotho, an organization dedicated to rebuilding a country devastated by HIV/AIDS. She created a model of support that combines education, grief counselling and gender equity programs to help youth and grandmothers – those most often left in change of their households – become community leaders and role models for positive change.”

Since 2004, Peg has dedicated her life to helping vulnerable people in Lesotho. ‘Help Lesotho’ has become so much more than anyone ever imagined it would be – entirely due to Peg’s tireless passion and commitment for simply doing what is right.

This Meritorious Service Cross award recognizes the honour Peg brings to Canada through her work in Lesotho.

Join us in celebrating Peg and this well-deserved honour by leaving a comment below!



  1. Cheryl Peck December 22, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Congratulations Peg. This is an honour that is well deserved. Blessings to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a ‘wonder-filled’ 2018.

  2. Donna Floyd December 22, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

  3. Mary Jane December 19, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    This is wonderful news! You are an aspiration to us all. Congratulations to you and your family!

  4. Vicky Martins December 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg!! So well deserved! You are a true example for anyone who wishes to work in International Development the right way: empowering people internationally and nationally. Help Lesotho is a model.

  5. jan Miller December 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Lumela, Peg.. Absolutely fabulous. You deserve it and mote. Jan

  6. Barb Hein December 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful honour Peg to be recognized for your tireless effort in
    improving the lives of so many in Lesotho. Your family and many friends
    are proud of your accomplishment over the years. It is nice that Canada
    has recognized your amazing achievement as well !

    Best Regards,
    Barb Hein

  7. Debbie CAmpbell December 18, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Congratulations Peg – Your work is truly inspirational and remarkable as well as unselfish and tireless
    You are a true hero of people without voice in allowing them the dignity of finding it for themselves. I am a proud of our Government for understanding your contributions and providing a suitable accolade and honouring your contributions. Best regards

  8. Anne DesBrisay December 18, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Hurrah!!!! Peg Herbert, we are so proud of you and your work! To be recognized for it in this way must be such a thrill for you, and for that beautiful family that surrounds you. Your work has given life and purpose to so many and you’ve opened, in a deeply personal way, a window into a tiny part of the world many of us knew nothing about. Thank you. Merry Christmas.

  9. Thato Letsela December 18, 2017 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Congratulations Mme Peg. As Basotho we are really honored to have you In Lesotho. Also as Help Lesotho beneficiaries, we have learnt so much from you. Keep up the wonderful job that you are doing ,because we really appreciate everything you are doing in Lesotho.

    Morena Molimo a u hlonolofatse.

  10. Margaret Klassen December 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Dear Peg
    You are so very deserving of this award. Congratulations on this momentous occasion. You have helped so many in your gracious and respectful manner. Thank you for all you do.

  11. Bob Birnbaum December 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Mazal tov, Peg! Ho leboha ka moputso oa hau. Ke hantle haholo! Keresemes e motle le selema se seche!

  12. Edith Anne Purdy December 17, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    PS: Congratulations Peg.

  13. Edith Anne Purdy December 17, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Dear Peg : I second all that has been said about you and your work in Lesotho. It is an amazing story , one I have been following for a long time and will continue to support in the years ahead. Happy to see a photo of your lovely family, and wish you, and each one a very happy holiday season.

  14. Patricia Lang December 17, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply


    Congratulations on this well deserved honour! You are an inspiration to so many which is why it’s a pleasure to support Help Lesotho. When I first heard about HL, I knew in my heart I needed to get involved. How it has grown and evolved and continues to do so is a testament to your dedication to the people of Lesotho. The world needs more people like you.

    Best wishes

  15. Char.otte Burgess December 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    What an amazing and well deserved honour for you. Congratulations. And what a fine looking family.

  16. Joan Ramsay Burn December 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Warmest Congratulations, Peg! So happy to be a part of Project Help Lesotho is its very earliest days. You have gone from strength to strength!
    Blessings, Joan Ramsay Burn.

  17. Andrew Gilman December 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Hearty congratulations Peg….sooooo deserving. Blessings, Andy and Beth Gilman

  18. Carolyn Buchan December 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg, on a most well deserved honour.

  19. Linda Champagne December 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Such wonderful news Peg. I admire you and am so grateful for the inspiration you instil in all of us with your unfailing dedication , your belief in the people you work so tirelessly for and the Hope that that you have brought into their lives.
    Such a well deserved recognition of your impact and achievements.
    Sending hugs to you from a huge fan!

  20. Sanders Zagon December 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Mazel Tov to you, Peg. I echo all your fans when we say well deserved. May you continue to do good for Lesotho and your Canadian communities.

  21. Shelagh M'Gonigle December 16, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    How exciting and so well deserved. What you have done for Besotho youth and grans over the years has changed so many lives for the better. Congratulations!
    And what a lovely photo of you and the family surronding you with support. Impressive .hardware too. Brava! Shelagh

  22. Andrew Kerr December 16, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Peg!

    We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

    Andrew Kerr, Inge Vander Horst and family

  23. Joanne McAuley December 16, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Peg! So proud of all your achievements in Lesotho.
    This award is totally deserving. You have changed many lives and made the world a better place. Thanks for your passion!

  24. Susan Lennox December 16, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Such a well deserved honour.
    Well done Peg.

  25. Mary Carlson December 16, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Peg, Delighted to learn of your well deserved honour. The work you have done and continue to do in Lesotho is phenomenal. Congratulations.

  26. Erika Seguin December 16, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

    A very well deserved honour ! I am so proud to have watched as well as particulate in this “work” of yours. Congratulations to YOU! Xo

  27. Konesoang Mohatla-Keske December 16, 2017 at 4:02 am - Reply

    A big congratulations to you ‘M’e Peg. The change you brought in my country Lesotho is awesome and sustainable. We now have professionals who were shaped by you. School buildings and more are still standing and useful to bring more change in lives. Young mothers have hope. Grandmothers happiness is back. The people working for Help Lesotho are benefiting in one way or another,.
    Congratulations ‘M’e.

  28. Ilongo Fritz December 16, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Dear Peg,

    Congratulations for this recognition while you are still active, creative and envisioning more perspectives for empowering the marginalized. God bless you even more, and Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2018, to you and family

  29. John Eberhard December 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm - Reply


    What an amazing tribute, so well deserved! Your selfless work to help those who are less fortunate is capped by the effective development work you have done for communities. You Mom is so very proud and your dad looks down with favour on the selfless work of service which was his mantra. Congratulations for recognition which inspires others to follow.

  30. Andrée Gillin December 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Oh Peg, what will you achieve next! You are brilliant and so determined. I, along with so many others admire you tremendously.

  31. Lynda Ellis December 15, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    You may never know the extent of your selfless efforts on behalf your beloved Lesotho. I do know that God takes whatever we offer wnd multiplies it beyond what we could ever dream possible. Your friends celebrate with you in this well deserved recognition.

  32. Lesley Dunkerley December 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg. So delighted that you have received this recognition for all your hard work and dedication to the people of Lesotho. It has been a trermendous privilege to share the journey with you.
    You really are a remarkable woman and a faithful servant of the God who has answered so many
    of our prayers.

  33. robyn quaintance December 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I salute you, Peg! You have done a wonderful job for Lesotho and I am fully behind you!

    Sidney, B.C.

  34. Sandy Phoenix December 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    You are a standout in royal blue in your photo, and a standout in your dedication to Lesotho. Kudos!
    Sandy Phoenix and Phil Elkin (LeBoHA alums)

  35. Jean McNabb December 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Peg: I didn’t know a thing about this until my brother-in-law that is so supportive sent it to me. He was overwhelmed and I was over the moon. I knew from the moment we formed our little group of 3 we were on to something special. God really is our guide and our inspiration. I can’t think of anything that could make me happier than to see you recognized. God Bless Jean and the Amazin Grammas

  36. Sandra Andrews December 15, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg, so well deserved. I first learned of your work back in 2006
    from Dr. Jennifer of Collingwood General & Marine Hosp. You have kept the Faith
    and then some.

  37. Marie Cashion December 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Peg. You are most deserving of this honor. Time for some celebration! I know how proud your family must be too!

  38. Charlotte Ward December 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg. You have been dedicated and commited to the people of Lesotho for many years. This is such a well deserved honour.

  39. Joy Heft December 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Dear Peg,

    I am so happy to see you recognized in this way for an idea that has produced so much fruit in a relatively short time and for your tireless effort to make this come about. It is a privilege to have been a small part of it.

    Congratulations and blessings for continued good health and productivity,

    Joy Heft

  40. Setloke Lekhela December 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Congratulations ‘M’e Peg.

  41. Beth Bailey December 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    How wonderful that our country has honoured you for your inspiring work that has changed the lives of people in Lesotho. Congratulations, Deb. So well deserved.

  42. Marie O'Neill December 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Can’t think of a more deserving person!

  43. Susan Richardson December 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Peg, congratulations! This award is an amazing honour to someone who is making such a difference in the world. You touch so many lives and know you are a pebble that has rippling impacts.

  44. Phyllis Brown December 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg.!

  45. Suzanne Friedlaender December 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg, Your work,dedication and achievements recognized in Canada.

  46. Sarah Reid Hedberg December 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Peg! You reflect our maker well. Thank you for being a conduit of care for the least of these.


  47. Jeri Mooney December 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply


  48. Claire Marshall (OrKidstra) December 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Way to go, Peg. Very much deserved.Warm congratulations.

  49. Darlene C. December 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Peg, on such a well-deserved honour! You are an inspiration to all with your “Pay it Forward” motto.
    Bravo! Félicitations!

  50. Gareth Reid December 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg! The students, staff and parents of Turnbull School have been very inspired by your outstanding work in Lesotho over the years. We are fortunate to be affiliated with Help Lesotho. You are a very deserving recipient of this prestigious honour. All the very best.

    Gareth Reid
    Turnbull School

  51. Tom and Carol Adam December 15, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Good for you, Peg. What a well -deserved reward.

  52. Jeanne Martin in New Mexico December 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I first ‘met’ you and the young HL family through The Nation magazine, Peg. Lesotho would be a very different country without your work. The preceding comments say it all. You have inspired my life and my love for Africa. How I wish we could clone you and scatter you about the world. You are an extraordinary woman and role model to the girls and women of Lesotho.

    Thank you.

  53. Sally Thorne December 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    An inspiration for your tireless commitment to the cause, Peg. You saw a need and stepped forward to fill it. So proud of you.

  54. Tebello Violet T.V.S Sarele December 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    wooow , words can’t fully describe how grateful we are for your life mom, the impact you made in our lives, my life has been so much touched by your work, Congratulations our mother, our mentor! Our lives are now full of hope, from the hopeless shy young girl to a woman full of hope, bold and confident about the future! LEADERS NEVER GIVE UP….WE ARE WONDERFULL…..STEP UP AND SPEAK OUT…THESE ARE STATEMENTS THAT LAID A FOUNDATION FOR ME TO GROW TO BE A BETTER PERSON, EVEN PROFESSIONALLY….HELP LESOTHO HAD DONE SO MUCH TO MY LIFE….WE LOVE YOU MOM….NTATE MOLIMO A U HLOHONOLOFATSE

  55. Lynda Damen December 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg on this very prestigious award and for all the lives you’ve touched. You’re a true inspiration.

  56. Donna Anderson December 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Warmest congratulations on receiving the Meritorious Service Cross in recognition for all of your fine work. You make us all feel so proud of you and it is a privilege to have you in our lives. Thank you for all that you do for the people of Lesotho.

  57. Doreen Casserly December 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg! Honour well deserved. Nice to see all your family with you for the ceremony.

  58. Mary December 15, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Peg…..; We are more than grateful to have you in our lives as Basotho. You have been a light to the broken. You clothed the Orphans with hope for the future. May God increase you in all you are doing. You deserve it; Congadulations, Peg!!

  59. Marilyn Denton December 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    You have come a long way in establishing and growing Help Lesotho. This award is well deserved. It seems not long ago that you spoke at St. Bart’s and the first 15 girls were sponsored. I shall never forget the dinner at my home with a group of women and the Sister from Lesotho. Congratulations.

  60. Vicky husband December 15, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Peg, Congratulations!
    This award is so well deserved!
    You have done such incredible work supporting and helping the people of Lesotho! The children,, orphans , grandmothers and so many more.
    What an outstanding public service you have given and continue to give.
    I am delighted to hear of this honour bestowed on you.
    Its wonderful!
    Love Vicky

  61. Carole & Phil Whittall December 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Carole & Phil Dec.15, 2017

    Congratulations, Peg. If anyone deserves this honour, you do.

  62. Patty Freeman December 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Peg, congratulations on receiving this huge award! It is true recognition of your hard work and utterly selfless dedication over the past 14 years to the thousands of suffering people in Lesotho. You created, from scratch, an exceptional organization that supports and empowers them in important ways. You have always put others first, but this moment is for you. Congratulations!

  63. Philippe Labbe December 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    It has been a privilege and an inspiration getting to know you and the work that you do. A well deserved award, congratulations Peg!

  64. Diana Nield December 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg! It was an honour to be part of your work and organization. What a wonderful footprint you have made!

  65. Yvon December 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Peg! This honour is, to say the least, well deserved. It has been a privilege to be involved with you over the years as a part of the Turnbull community. Continue your fine work, and wishing all the best. Cheers!

  66. Penney Place December 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg – well deserved and I’m so happy you and all your work have been recognized. You have made such a difference to so many lives.

  67. Carol Burrows December 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Peg, I am just delighted to hear this. You are an incredible person and have achieved so many results as a change agent, a caring human being and one who is able to inspire and empower others on both sides of the world. Congratulations! Having watched Help Lesotho since its inception, I have always been in awe of your work.
    Carol Burrows

  68. Rajiv December 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg!

  69. Dale Carney December 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg. A well deserved honour!

  70. Cathy Bonnah December 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Peg – what a wonderful (and well deserved!) honour!

  71. Shelley Stevens December 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! It is so well deserved! Thank you for the opportunity to have been there and participated in a small way. It was a privilege to meet the Basotho people and the experience will always be in my heart.

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  73. Mary Burridge December 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Well done, Peg. So very deserved. Congratulations.

  74. John Shepherd December 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I am so proud of you, You have held my heart all of my life. Congratulations to you and your family.

    John Shepherd Vancouver/ London

  75. Anne Jaikaran December 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on the well – deserved award.

  76. Kathryn Knowles December 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    This is a well-deserved honour and given for work that has far reaching implications. Congratulations, Peg!

  77. Judith Manley December 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    So well earned!

  78. Jennifer Parr December 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    What an amazing and well deserved honour. Peg I know you are humble and do not seek out any recognition for yourself but you should feel very honoured by this recognition of all that you do. Congratulations.

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