Harper Government Commends Queen's University for Offering Priority Hiring to Veterans

OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, today joined Dr. Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University, to announce Queen's stated commitment to give Canada's Veterans priority in hiring employees.

"We commend Queen's University for committing to give priority to Veterans when hiring new employees," said Minister Blaney. "The university is spearheading a new sector of job opportunities to help our Veterans flourish in their civilian lives, which complements the recent work by our Government and corporate Canada to promote the skills of Veterans."

"Canada is dedicated to supporting Veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. Our Veterans are well trained and hard working. They were willing to sacrifice for our country," said Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams.

"I would call on corporate Canada to join leading employers like Queen's University and CN Rail to make the hiring of Veterans a priority," said Ms. Adams.

"Queen's University recognizes the valuable skills that Veterans have when they leave the military and would be honoured to have Veterans among its staff," said Dr. Woolf. "We are committed to supporting Canadian Veterans."

The university's work builds upon the Veterans Transition Action Plan, launched last fall by Minister Blaney. The plan consists of new measures for cutting red tape for Veterans, enhancements to service delivery, post-military career opportunities for Veterans, ground-breaking research on the needs of releasing Canadian Armed Forces personnel, and enhanced cultural awareness.

Last month, Minister Blaney participated in events organized by the True Patriot Love Foundation, and the Veterans Transition Advisory Council, a team of corporate champions committed to removing the barriers that Veterans face during the transition to civilian employment. The Veterans Transition Advisory Council's work lends itself to the new initiatives the federal government has undertaken to enhance opportunities for Veterans to transition to the civilian workforce.

For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and services, visit veterans.gc.ca.

 


 

SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

Janice Summerby
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468

Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

Anne Craig
Communications Officer
Queen's University
613-533-2877
anne.craig@queensu.ca