Canadian War "Medal Detector" Nominated for Governor General Award



    eBay Canada honours Dave Thomson for war medal repatriation efforts

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - eBay Canada has nominated Canadian military
history enthusiast Dave Thomson for the prestigious Governor General's Caring
Canadian Award. eBay Canada's nomination is in recognition of Thomson's
patriotic and altruistic efforts at preserving Canada's war heritage.
    Thomson, who has been called Canada's "medal detector," uses the online
marketplace to source and retrieve Canadian war medals. He then returns the
medals to the families or communities of the fallen soldiers. Using his eBay
auction skills, Thomson has bid on and won more than 65 medal groups that are
now in the hands of the soldiers' remaining relatives or community museums.
    "I am honoured that eBay is acknowledging me for what essentially is a
hobby," said Thomson. "I was already an avid eBay user for my car parts
business, but when I stumbled upon that first war medal, I found a new purpose
for the site. I believe in preserving our country's history and respecting the
soldiers who sacrificed so much to make Canada what it is today, and I am
happy to help safeguard Canadian history."
    Thomson, who says eBay is his number one source for finding medals,
spends an average of 21 hours per week sourcing medals, researching their
histories, and bidding on the war memorabilia. Thomson offers the medals to
families at cost, and refuses to accept any additional payment for his work.
Cheques sent by grateful families are promptly returned.
    "Canada Day is a day when we can all reflect on what makes us proud to be
Canadian," said Jordan Banks, managing director of eBay Canada. "Canadians
like Dave Thomson, who unselfishly give of their time to help preserve an
important piece of Canadian history, deserve to be recognized for their
efforts. eBay is proud to be associated with such a patriotic Canadian, and we
are delighted that we can put his name forth for this prestigious award. He
truly deserves it!"
    In 2006, while working on a project to restore a First World War memorial
plaque in St. George, Ontario, Thomson found his first war medal up for sale.
After researching and sourcing the town from which the honoured soldier came,
he bought the medal and donated it to the Princeton Museum. Since then,
Thomson has reunited families and communities with lost First and Second World
War Victory medals, Memorial Crosses, and Military Crosses.
    "When Dave found and returned our soldier's medals back to us, he gave us
back a piece of our community's history," said Henry Bishop, curator for the
Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre to which a rare World War I medal was
returned. "Dave has worked tirelessly to keep Canada's war medals here at
home, and we are delighted that he is being nominated for such a fitting
award."
    The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award was established in 1996 to
honour Canadians for their work in unpaid voluntary activities and recognize
their extraordinary help to individuals, communities and to the country. More
information on the Caring Canadian Award can be found at
www.gg.ca/honours/awards.

    For additional information on eBay Canada, please visit www.ebay.ca.

    About eBay Canada

    eBay is the World's Online Marketplace(TM). Founded in 1995, eBay created
a powerful platform for the sale of goods and services by a passionate
community of individuals and businesses. eBay enables trade on a local,
national, and international basis with customized sites in markets around the
world. Through an array of services, such as its payment solution provider
PayPal, eBay is enabling global e-commerce for an ever-growing online
community. In Canada, eBay was visited by more than 12 million Canadians in
March 2007. (ComScore Media Metrix, March 2007).

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