Media Advisory - Governor General to Present 65 Honours at the Citadelle of Québec

OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over two honours ceremonies on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec.

During the morning ceremony, at 10 a.m., the Governor General will present the following honours:

  • 7 Order of Merit of the Police Forces insignia
  •  2 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division)
  •  23 Decorations for Bravery
  •  2 Polar Medals

During the afternoon ceremony, at 2 p.m., His Excellency will present the Order of Merit of the Police Forces to recognize the exceptional service of 31 members and employees of Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community.

A media schedule for the ceremonies, the lists of recipients and their citations are attached. For more information on Canadian honours, please visit our website at www.gg.ca/honours.

Media wishing to cover these ceremonies must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office the day before the ceremonies. Accreditation must be shown at the Citadelle gate
(Côte de la Citadelle, near the St. Louis Gate) prior to accessing the Ballroom
via the administration door.

CEREMONIES SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

 

Morning ceremony (10 a.m.)



9:15 a.m.:    

Media arrive at the Citadelle

10 a.m.:     

Ceremony begins

The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the honours

11 a.m.:        

Interviews with recipients

 

Afternoon ceremony (2 p.m.)


1:15 p.m.

Media arrive at the Citadelle

2 p.m.:    

Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the insignia
(Officers first, followed by Members)
The RCMP Commissioner speaks

3 p.m.:           

 Interviews with recipients

 

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS – MORNING CEREMONY (10 A.M.)

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

 

Assistant Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Regina, Saskatchewan

Staff Sergeant John W. Goodman, M.O.M.

Waterloo Regional Police Service, Ontario

Assistant Commissioner Gilles Moreau, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Deputy Chief John B. Pare, M.O.M.

London Police Service, Ontario

Chief Paul E. Pedersen, M.O.M.

Greater Sudbury Police Service, Ontario

Assistant Commissioner Dale Sheehan, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Assistant Commissioner Stephen White, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, London, Ontario

 

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours a career of exceptional service.
Due to the sensitive nature of much of their work, no citations are issued. 
 

Please note that the information in this media advisory reflects the rank and posting of the recipients at the time of their appointment.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)

Sergeant Terrence Gregory Grandy, M.S.C., C.D.
Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

On September 20, 2011, search and rescue technician Sergeant Grandy successfully evacuated three Belgian sailors from a damaged vessel during a severe storm in the Atlantic Ocean. Lowered from the Rescue 908 helicopter onto the vessel, Sergeant Grady was able to keep the rescue basket under control during the hoisting operation despite the gusting winds and high sea swells. Sergeant Grandy's tenacity as well as his professionalism under difficult environmental conditions brought great credit to himself, to the Royal Canadian Air Force and to Canada

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Bernard Voyer, O.C., C.Q., M.S.M.
Rimouski, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Since his appointment to 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group in June 2008, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Voyer has been an outstanding ambassador for the Canadian Armed Forces. He has demonstrated tireless support for and dedication to the Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers, taking every opportunity to promote youth development in northern communities and organizing a number of large-scale expeditions.

DECORATIONS FOR BRAVERY

Rémy Bouchard, M.B.
Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Alain Gravel, M.B.
Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Mathieu Gravel, M.B.
Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On June 21, 2011, Rémy Bouchard, assisted by firefighters Alain Gravel and Mathieu Gravel, rescued Mr. Bouchard's daughter from their burning house in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec. Thick smoke was filling up the house as Mr. Bouchard kicked open the locked door to his daughter's room. He pulled the unconscious victim towards the staircase, where he collapsed. Without any protective gear or masks, the two firefighters ran into the house to reach the victims. They carried the girl outside while leading Mr. Bouchard to safety. Sadly, the young victim later succumbed to her injuries.

Sergeant Sébastien Briand, M.B.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Constable Pascal-Éric D'Amours, M.B.
L'Isle-Verte, Quebec
Constable Simon Dufour, M.B.
Matagami, Quebec
Sergeant Steve Duguay, M.B.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Constable Mathieu Fournier, M.B.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Constable SteveGuy, M.B.
Cacouna, Quebec
Constable Francis Marquis, M.B.
Saint-Fabien, Quebec
Constable Dominic Pellerin, M.B.
Rimouski, Quebec
Constable Jean-François Pépin, M.B.
Saint-Arsène, Quebec
Constable Myriam St-Onge, M.B.
Saint-Arsène, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On January 23, 2014, 10 police officers from the Sûreté du Québec risked their lives to rescue senior citizens who were trapped by flames during a fire at the Résidence du Havre nursing home in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec. Without any equipment, the officers braved both the extreme cold weather outside, and the heat and toxic smoke filling the hallways inside the three-storey building. They acted quickly as the fire spread, with some victims trapped in their rooms or on their balconies. Sadly, despite the rescuers' best efforts, 32 people lost their lives in the fire.

Constable Nicholas-Yan Charbonneau, M.B.
Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec
Constable Yannick Horion, M.B.
Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
Constable Sophie Pilon, M.B.
Île-Bizard, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On May 18, 2013, constables Nicholas-Yan Charbonneau, Yannick Horion and Sophie Pilon, of the Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-de-Blainville, rescued five people from a smoke-filled apartment in Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec. The victims had tried to escape but had fallen unconscious before they could reach the door. Struggling to breathe in the toxic smoke, the officers entered the house several times to locate the victims and bring them safely outside, one by one.

The decoration awarded to Constable Pilon will be presented at a later date

Charles-Antoine Desautels, M.B.
Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Quebec
Simon Lalonde, M.B.
Sainte-Justine-de-Newton, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On October 24, 2013, Charles-Antoine Desautels and Simon Lalonde rescued a female co-worker who had fallen from a footbridge into the St. Lawrence River, in Sept-Îles, Quebec. The workers were leaving their construction site when the woman fell four metres into the freezing water. Her safety vest did not deploy and she began to sink under water. Without any thought for their own safety, Messrs. Desautels and Lalonde jumped from the footbridge, pulled the victim to the surface, and towed her back to the dock where others were able to help them get out of the water.

Constable Robert John Hunka, M.B.
Greenfield, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery

On January 16, 2014, Constable Robert Hunka, of the Truro Police Service, rescued an elderly woman from a burning building in Truro, Nova Scotia. Without a mask or any protective equipment, Constable Hunka entered the apartment, which was filled with thick, black smoke. He felt his way along the walls until he located the victim in a bedroom and then carried her outside the apartment building to safety.


Hamid Jennane, M.B.
Ville Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On August 19, 2013, Hamid Jennane rescued a woman who was being attacked by her ex-husband in her apartment building in Montréal, Quebec. Upon hearing the woman's screams, Mr. Jennane armed himself with a chair and charged at the hammer-wielding attacker, forcing the man to back away and drop his weapon. Mr. Jennane then remained between the man and the woman until the police arrived, while others tended to the victim's injuries.

Junior Larochelle, M.B.
Steven Larochelle, M.B.
Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur-de-Wolfestown, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On January 3, 2012, Junior Larochelle and Steven Larochelle rescued a man whose ATV had broken through the ice of Petit lac Long, in Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur-de-Wolfestown, Quebec. The two brothers rushed to the victim who was clinging to the edge of the ice in his heavy, waterlogged clothing. They lay down on the fragile surface and, working as a human chain, pulled the man out of the water.

Atos Ottawa, M.B.
Gérald Ottawa, M.B.
La Tuque, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On December 15, 2012, Gérald Ottawa and his son, Atos, rescued a woman from a burning vehicle in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. A man had crashed his truck into a house, trapping himself and his female passenger inside as a fire broke out in front of the vehicle. Mr. Ottawa and his son managed to pry open the passenger door and pull the woman to safety. The men then tried frantically to pull the driver out, but could not dislodge him; sadly, he did not survive.

POLAR MEDAL

Marc-André Bernier
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief of the Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Service, Mr. Bernier has worked on and directed many shipwreck excavation projects in Canada and abroad. As a senior project coordinator, he has researched the HMS Erebus archaeological site under the ice in the Arctic Ocean. He and his team documented the famed flagship of the lost Franklin Expedition with extraordinary photos and videos.

Jonathan Moore
Ottawa, Ontario

As a senior underwater archaeologist and sonar operator, Mr. Moore helped to unlock the mysteries of the lost Franklin Expedition. He spent six field seasons between 2008 and 2014 searching the Arctic Ocean for the wreck of HMS Erebus, and was part of the Parks Canada team that discovered and dived on the shipwreck in September 2014.

RECIPIENTS – AFTERNOON CEREMONY (2 P.M.)

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

 

Chief Glenn De Caire, O.O.M.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Hamilton Police Service, Ontario

 

Chief Constable Frank Elsner, O.O.M.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Victoria Police Department, British Columbia

 

Deputy Chief Michael Federico, O.O.M.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Toronto Police Service, Ontario

 

Deputy Chief Mark Saunders, O.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ontario

 

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

 

Superintendent David Attfield, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Staff Sergeant Ghalib Bhayani, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Director Serge Boulerice, M.O.M.

 

Service de police de la ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

Superintendent Donald Campbell, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ontario

Superintendent Claude Castonguay, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Westmount, Quebec

Chief Superintendent Gaétan Courchesne, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Westmount, Quebec

Director Helen Dion, M.O.M., C.D.

Service de police de la ville de Repentigny, Quebec

Superintendent Brendan FitzPatrick, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Chief Superintendent Wayne Gallant, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Superintendent Peter Haring, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Prince George, British Columbia

Sergeant Philip Hasenpflug, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Sergeant Stephen Hicks, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ontario

Mr. Gary Holden, M.O.M.

Brantford Police Service, Ontario

Chief Inspector Daniel Jacques, M.O.M.

Sûreté du Québec, Montréal

Staff Sergeant Matthew Kavanagh, M.O.M.

Hamilton Police Service, Ontario

Captain Dominique Lafrenière, M.O.M.

Sûreté du Québec, Boucherville

Chief Inspector Peter Lambrinakos, M.O.M.

Service de police de la ville de Montréal, Quebec

Deputy Chief Joseph Matthews, M.O.M.

Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario

Deputy Chief Christopher McCord, M.O.M.

Peel Regional Police, Ontario

Constable Michael McCormack, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ontario

Inspector Dwayne McDonald, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Staff Sergeant Paul Mulvihill, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Inspector Robert Page, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Burnaby, British Columbia

 

Deputy Chief Daniel Rioux, M.O.M.

West Grey Police Service, Durham, Ontario

Inspector Roderick Shaw, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Superintendent Marlene Snowman, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Moncton, New Brunswick

Superintendent John Tod, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

 

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours a career of exceptional service.
Due to the sensitive nature of much of their work, no citations are issued. 
 

Please note that the information in this media advisory reflects the rank and posting of the recipients at the time of their appointment.

 

SOURCE Governor General

For further information: Media information: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166 (office), 613-852-3248 (cell.), marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

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