WINNIPEG, Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parm Gill, together with the Honourable
Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages,
participated in the official opening ceremony for the Victoria Crosses of Valour Road exhibit at the Manitoba Museum. The exhibit features the original
medals of Lieutenant Robert Shankland, Sergeant-Major Frederick William
Hall and Corporal Leo Clarke, three First World War Victoria Cross
recipients who, at the time of their enlistment, lived on the same
block of Winnipeg's Pine Street. The street was later renamed Valour
Recently, we marked the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and launched Canada's World Wars Commemoration period. Until 2020, the Government of Canada will commemorate and
honour all Canadian men and women who bravely served our country during
the First and Second World Wars.
Parliamentary Secretary Gill also met with Delaney Ross Burtnack,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Association of
Agri-Retailers (CAAR), to discuss the vital role Veterans can play in
the agricultural industry. The association shares the federal
Government's commitment to helping Veterans find meaningful employment
opportunities. Recently, the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers
(CAAR) announced a new initiative—Operation Ag Careers—to assist the
transition of ex-military personnel into the agriculture industry.
Through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund at Veterans Affairs Canada the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba
received $1,700 toward the Victoria Crosses of Valour Road event.
The British Victoria Cross was instituted in 1856 as the highest
military honour for bravery. Ninety-eight Canadians have been awarded
the Victoria Cross.
The period from 2014 to 2020 marks the centennial of the beginning of
the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the
Second World War.
Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces are working
together to maximize private and public sector opportunities for
transitioning military personnel and Veterans. Through Veterans Affairs
Canada's Hire a Veteran initiative, and Canada Company's Military
Employment Transition Program, more than 200 private-sector employers
have committed to hiring Veterans.
The Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers represents agricultural
retailers who actively support Canadian growers in the production of
the highest quality food possible by protecting food quality, farm
productivity, and the long term sustainability of the agriculture
"While in service to Canada, Veterans have gained the skills, experience
and leadership that make them ideal employees. It is encouraging to see
that the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers value the skills that
our brave men and women have acquired, and are committed to joining us
in our efforts to encourage the hiring of Canada's Veterans."
Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The heroic acts of these three remarkable Winnipeg soldiers, under
extremely harsh conditions, will never be forgotten. I commend the
Manitoba Museum for sharing their stories of bravery and sacrifice in
defence of our peace and freedom. This exhibit plays an important role
in preserving and honouring Canada's proud First World War heritage."
The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
"I was pleased to meet with Parliamentary Secretary Gill to discuss how
the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers can help Veterans find a
rewarding, diverse and sustainable new career. There is tremendous
opportunity in the agriculture industry, and we look forward to
introducing a program that will connect agricultural employers with
highly skilled and results-oriented Veterans looking for new
Delaney Ross Burtnack, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada