OTTAWA, Dec. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today mourned the loss of Cliff Chadderton, former
chief executive officer of the War Amps, past chair of the National
Council of Veterans Associations (NCVA) and founder of the War Amps
Child Amputee Program (CHAMP).
"Cliff Chadderton's passing is deeply sad for all Canadians," said
Minister Fantino. "We have lost not only a friend of the Veterans'
community, but a strong advocate for those who have served and
sacrificed—and a truly great Canadian."
Cliff Chadderton was a Second World War Veteran who fought with the
Royal Winnipeg Rifles on D-Day and at the Scheldt, and who served his
community with excellence through the War Amps and the National Council
of Veterans Associations (NCVA).
As chair of the NCVA, Mr. Chadderton played an important role in helping
Canada's Merchant Navy Veterans and their surviving spouses obtain
compensation for war-related service. He raised awareness about
Canada's Hong Kong Veterans and the slave labour they endured during
the Second World War, and was deeply involved in advocating for
compensation for surviving prisoners of war and widows. He was also a
tireless voice for the Aboriginal Veterans community and for
peacekeepers. His work in capturing and chronicling Canada's military
service through documentaries serves as an important historical account
of our wartime activity.
In recognition of his decades of work on behalf of Veterans, their
families and those with disabilities, including children, he was
successively promoted within the Order of Canada, ultimately achieving
the level of Companion in 1999. He received the Minister of Veterans
Affairs Commendation, among many other honours and awards.
"Through his leadership, compassion and determination, Cliff lifted up
those in need of hope, served as a mentor to fellow amputees of all
ages and set an example for Canadians everywhere," declared
Minister Fantino. "He touched a countless number of lives, both
directly and indirectly, through his belief that all Veterans and
disabled persons must be treated with respect and given every
opportunity to contribute and demonstrate their talents and skills."
"His longstanding devotion to Veterans and amputees, and his unwavering
commitment to dignity and fairness, leave behind a legacy in which his
family and friends can take enormous pride," added the Minister. "I
offer them my sincere condolences in this very difficult time, and join
with Canadians everywhere in remembering the many contributions he made
He will be remembered for his extraordinary service to Canada.
For more information on Cliff Chadderton, watch the Heroes Remember video interview of his own account on joining the Canadian Armed
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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