OTTAWA, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Sixteen citizens from Eastern Ontario and
one citizen from Laval, Quebec, were honoured today for their
commitment and dedication to Veterans. Ms. Eve Adams, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented these
individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a
ceremony in Ottawa.
"Today, our Government is proud to recognize a number of outstanding
individuals who devote their lives to honouring the sacrifices and
contributions of our nation's heroes," said Minister Steven Blaney.
"These are men and women who, through their selfless dedication, have
had a positive impact on the lives of Veterans and in celebrating the
incredible achievements of our Veterans."
The following individuals received the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Paul Baiden, Ottawa
John Barclay, Ottawa
Calvin Bellamy, Stittsville
Larry Brown (posthumous), Kirkland Lake
Robert Campbell, Ottawa
Sandra Delorme-Elliott, Amherstview
Daniel Drapeau, Ottawa
David Edgerton, Peterborough
Michael Gray, Omemee
George Guertin, Ottawa
Paul Kavanagh, Laval
Michael McGrattan, Peterborough
Craig McPhee, Stittsville
Andrew Nellestyn, Stittsville
Lee-Anne Quinn, Peterborough
Joe Sharpe, Orleans
Gardener Stevenson, Madoc
"These dedicated Canadians have worked to better the lives of our
Veterans. They have each made significant contributions to the Veteran
community," said Ms. Adams. "Today, we pay tribute to these outstanding
individuals and their devotion to the men and women who have served our
The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation includes a bar, which can
be worn below official decorations on a recipient's blazer, as well as
a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate.
The Commendation is presented to individuals who have contributed to the
care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their
contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily
for Veterans, but in some circumstances may also be awarded to
non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted at any time and are reviewed
annually by an advisory committee.
Find more information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation,
including the accomplishments and biographies of the recipients, at veterans.gc.ca.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs