Media Advisory - Governor General to Present Honours in Vancouver

OTTAWA, Feb. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present honours during two ceremonies on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (PST) at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

More than 150 remarkable Canadians will be recognized for their excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service with one of the following honours: the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award, an Exemplary Service Medal, a Decoration for Bravery or a Meritorious Service Decoration. The ceremonies will be streamed live online at www.gg.ca/live starting at 9:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. (PST).

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. From community volunteers to astronauts, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude. For more information about honours or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit www.gg.ca/honours.

A media schedule for the ceremonies, background information on honours (Annex A) and lists of recipients and their citations for the morning and afternoon ceremonies (Annexes B and C) are attached.

Media wishing to cover these ceremonies are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Chan Centre's Royal Bank Cinema entrance no later than 15 minutes before each ceremony.

MEDIA SCHEDULE FOR CEREMONIES

 

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:


Morning ceremony (9:30 a.m.)



8:45 a.m.:

Media start to arrive at the Chan Centre

9:30 a.m.:

Ceremony begins


The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia offers welcoming remarks 


The Governor General speaks


The Governor General presents the honours

11 a.m.:

Interviews with recipients


Afternoon ceremony (2:30 p.m.)



1:45 p.m.:

Media start to arrive at the Chan Centre

2:30 p.m.:

Ceremony begins


The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia offers welcoming remarks             


The Governor General speaks


The Governor General presents the honours

4 p.m.:

Interviews with recipients

 

Please note that the information in this news release reflects the rank of the recipients at the time of the event for which they are being recognized.

 

ANNEX A

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON CANADIAN HONOURS PRESENTED IN VANCOUVER

About the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information or to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit caring.gg.ca.

About the Exemplary Service Medals
Most countries have, as part of their honours system, some form of official award to tangibly express national gratitude for long and commendable service, particularly in fields of endeavour involving potential risk. Canada's wide range of Exemplary Service Medals (ESM) recognize the men and women dedicated to preserving Canada's public safety through long and outstanding service. Six medals are awarded in fields of endeavour involving potential risk: the Canadian Coast Guard ESM, the Corrections ESM, the Emergency Medical Services ESM, the Fire Services ESM, the Police ESM and the Peace Officer ESM.

About the Decorations for Bravery
Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger. The three levels of the Decorations for Bravery reflect the degree to which the recipients put themselves at risk: the Cross of Valour recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

About the Meritorious Service Decorations
The Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

The Military Division recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner or of a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

The Civil Division recognizes remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts. The contributions can be innovative, set an example for others to follow, or improve the quality of life of a community. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit www.gg.ca/msd.

ANNEX B

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS – MORNING CEREMONY (9:30 A.M.)

GOVERNOR GENERAL'S CARING CANADIAN AWARD

Dennis Anderson
Calgary, Alberta

Dennis Anderson has volunteered in his community for over 50 years with a focus on youth, senior housing, culture and wetland conservation. His various roles include cub pack leader with Scouts Canada; treasurer and parish warden of St. Stephen's Anglican Church; treasurer and chairman of the Calgary committee of Ducks Unlimited Canada; vice-chair of the board of Glenbow Museum; treasurer of the Calgary Military Museum Society; and chair of the Metropolitan Calgary Foundation.

Sally Anderson
Port Alberni, British Columbia

Over the past 10 years, Sally Anderson has emerged as a volunteer leader in Port Alberni, through her contributions to the NeighbourLink Society, which provides social outreach, as well as for her work as the coordinator of its Read and Feed program. Through her dedication and management of over 100 volunteers, she has facilitated an atmosphere at three local schools where students receive proper nutrition, through a Breakfast Club of Canada program, and interact with local elders and role models.

Brian Balfe
Powell River, British Columbia

Over the past decade, Brian Balfe has been committed to advancing musical arts and culture in Powell River and Comox Valley. As a founding director and president of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), he has built a non-profit organization that promotes musical culture in his community and provides students with unique learning opportunities.

Duncan Barnett
150 Mile House, British Columbia

For nearly 15 years, Duncan Barnett has worked to protect British Columbia's agricultural lands and environment. He began by helping to develop the Invasive Plant Strategy in 2001, then by chairing the newly formed Invasive Species Council of British Columbia in 2004. He continues to work towards invasive species management in the province.

Lizette Beauchemin
Victoria, British Columbia

Lizette Beauchemin is actively involved with the Victoria chapter of Soup Sisters, regularly assisting guests, volunteers and kitchen staff, and helping with events. Her efforts, whether preparing food or liaising with visitors, have helped to create a more caring community and resulted in thousands of hearty meals being distributed to women, children and youth who have experienced domestic abuse and homelessness.

Linda Blanchet
Kamloops, British Columbia

After being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2013, Linda Blanchet began volunteering with both the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, alongside her husband, Paul. She served as the face of Kamloops' Walk for Memories in 2014, raising over $30 000 that year alone, and continues to foster inclusivity through the Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative, which works to reduce stigma and support people living with dementia through education and community-building programs.

Paul Blanchet
Kamloops, British Columbia

After his wife, Linda, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, Paul Blanchet became active with both the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia and the Alzheimer Society of Canada in 2013, where he provides leadership with the annual Walk for Memories and the Dementia Friends Initiative, as well as advocacy as a Society ambassador. By providing ongoing support to caregivers, liaising with officials and being an active citizen, he has engaged the public, generated awareness and helped reduce the stigma surrounding dementia.

Louise Campsall
Victoria, British Columbia

As one of the lead volunteers with Soup Sisters, Louise Campsall can be found assisting with regular events, coordinating events in conjunction with the Victoria Women's Transition House, maintaining inventory and developing marketing strategies. Her efforts as an administrator, ambassador and kitchen helper have consistently contributed to building a stronger community in Victoria by helping to feed and comfort women, children and youth who rely on shelters.

Anne Clemence
Garden Bay, British Columbia

Anne Clemence has gained the reputation of being an active citizen, having worked to protect the environment around Garden Bay for nearly 40 years. She has volunteered with the Garbage Recycling in Pender Society, the Lagoon Society, and the Pender Harbour and District Wildlife Society, and was instrumental in establishing both the John Daly Regional Park and the Francis Point Provincial Park.

Robert Lenard Cutler
Cranbrook, British Columbia

Over the past 12 years, Dr. Cutler has travelled to Haiti 18 times in order to provide free medical care to those in need in Grand Goâve. His work has led to the establishment of a full-time clinic; in addition, an annual fundraiser has helped raise over a million dollars for medical supplies.

Betty Doberstein
Merritt, British Columbia

Since 1981, Betty Doberstein has supported local and accessible health care in Merritt through the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary. Between running meetings, organizing Auxiliary activities and events, fundraising and acting as a liaison, Betty has helped create a sense of community for those she serves.

Michael Dullege
Morinville, Alberta

Whether in Alberta, New Brunswick or Afghanistan, Captain Michael Dullege has advanced the quality of life for both young and old. He has coordinated local food, clothing and book drives; fundraised for palliative care in Fredericton; supported a local girls' school in Kabul; and volunteered for both Habitat for Humanity and St. John's Ambulance.

Kathleen Dunn
Victoria, British Columbia

Over the past 29 years, Kathleen Dunn has been volunteering with the Victoria Police Department's James Bay Community Policing Station, Victoria Hospice, and as a City of Victoria ambassador. By providing assistance and helping facilitate public events with Victoria's police, caring for those facing advancing illness and their families or welcoming visitors to British Columbia's capital city, she has worked towards achieving inclusivity and promoted a sense of communal belonging and support.

RCMP Staff Sergeant William M. Eubank (Ret'd)
Nanaimo, British Columbia

For more than 35 years, RCMP Staff Sergeant William Eubank has volunteered wherever there's a need in the communities in which he has been posted. From implementing various sports and education programs for First Nations youth in Saskatchewan and Nunavut, to applying the emergency medical experience he gained on overseas peacekeeping missions to everyday situations, he has demonstrated his commitment to the importance of community development.

Harry Flint
Calgary, Alberta

For the past 10 years, Harry Flint has been a dedicated volunteer with Team Diabetes, the Canadian Diabetes Association's physical activity program. He helps out with the organization's various information nights and health expositions, and contributes to its webinars. His extensive fundraising and volunteer efforts have demonstrated not only his commitment to helping those living with diabetes, but also his ability to inspire others to live healthier, more active lives.

Sara John Fowler
Sooke, British Columbia

Sara John Fowler began volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross Society over 25 years ago and has remained committed to its humanitarian work. Her dedication, her ability to take initiative and lead without hesitation, and her advocacy of volunteerism exemplify her contributions.

Ginny Glover
Victoria, British Columbia

Ginny Glover began volunteering with Soup Sisters when it was first launched in Victoria in 2011 and has since overseen all aspects of the local chapter's administration, from coordinating volunteers to liaising with stakeholders in Calgary. She also performs regular event responsibilities such as food and facility preparation, where her efforts ensure that hearty soups and meals are enjoyed by women, children and youth in shelters throughout the Victoria area.

Amy Ham
Airdrie, Alberta

Dedicated to caring for the well-being of her peers, Amy Ham has been volunteering with the Breakfast Club of Canada programs for the past five years, first at Meadowbrook Middle School and then at Bert Church High School. Arriving early several days a week, she prepares and serves breakfast to the many students who do not eat before class, effectively alleviating hunger, facilitating higher academic performance and creating sustainable bonds between pupils.

Charles William Helm
Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

Dr. Helm has long served his adopted community of Tumbler Ridge both as a doctor and as a community leader. He has helped advance appreciation for and access to the region's impressive geopark landscape and geological features through organizations like the Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society, Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark.

Andrew M. Jackson
Victoria, British Columbia

For over 10 years, Andrew Jackson has provided leadership in Victoria as an active volunteer and by serving on the boards of such organizations as the Greater Victoria Library, YM-YWCA of Greater Victoria, the Vancouver Island Rugby Union and the Victoria Foundation. With a deep interest in the health and welfare of children and families, he has worked to ensure that services, social supports and opportunities remain available to the benefit of his fellow citizens.

Jane James
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Jane James has been an enthusiastic rider since her early teens and is a proud 4-H leader. In 1986, she founded the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA), an equine-assisted therapy program for children and adults with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. She helped to develop several volunteer training videos and manuals that have been made available across Canada, and has been involved with CanTRA since the 1980s.

Lois Johnston
Whitehorse, Yukon

Over 25 years ago, Lois Johnston started volunteering by teaching children to ski and she hasn't stopped since. In addition to spending her winter afternoons skiing with kids, she also played different roles as a board member of Cross Country Yukon for more than eight years. She is also a volunteer coach with the Yukon Ski Team, where she leads the highest-level training squad more than three times a week, year-round.

Charlotte "Dollie" Kaetler
Creston, British Columbia

Charlotte Kaetler has been a long-time volunteer in her community, contributing for over 20 years to the Creston Museum and Archives as an archivist; the Creston Valley Women's Institute as their president for 2 years; and the Lister-Huscroft Women's Institute for 20 years. Presently, she is president of the Crafty Cronies, the fundraising branch of the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors, which raises funds to support this seniors socializing program.

Donald Knight
Comox, British Columbia

For more than 20 years, Donald Knight has dedicated his time and energy to serving naval veterans in Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland. He advises them on the various benefits and services available to former military personnel. He also visits local seniors' residences to address their interests and concerns, as well as those of their families.

Donna Kutzner
Creston, British Columbia

A volunteer in her community of Creston for the past 30 years, Donna Kutzner has dedicated her time to her church where she cooks for special events and manages the thrift store. Most recently she got involved in the Spectrum Farms project, an institutional property that was transformed into a commercial farm that houses and employs individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. There, she is responsible for the food processing plant.

Eric Kutzner
Creston, British Columbia

For the past three years, Eric Kutzner has taken on the restoration of a property that houses and employs people with developmental and physical disabilities. He has dedicated numerous hours towards making it a viable farm, producing vegetables and eggs to be sold at the local market, raising sheep for wool, and establishing a food processing plant for drying fruits and vegetables.

Suzanne Lachance-Maas
Winnipeg, Manitoba

A Canada Revenue Agency employee, Suzanne Lachance-Maas has been with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for 25 years and has completed hundreds of returns as an independent volunteer serving local personal care homes. She also volunteers with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority–ACCESS River East/Transcona.

Daniel Leclair
Winnipeg, Manitoba

For several years, Daniel Leclair has been helping to raise the profile of his Francophone community, notably serving as president of the Festival du Voyageur in Saint-Boniface. As a member of the Brigade de la rivière Rouge, he brings the history of the voyageurs to life through historical, educational and ecological approaches.

Diana MacDonald
Victoria, British Columbia

As a founding board member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, Diana MacDonald has worked to affirm and nourish the love of music in young people since 1986. She performs a variety of tasks in support of the Orchestra's mandate and has increased British Columbia's exposure to classical music.

Duncan McAndrew
Victoria, British Columbia

For 14 years, Duncan McAndrew has volunteered with the Victoria Police Volunteer Program as both a reserve constable and a reserve staff sergeant, preparing public safety presentations, patrolling the community and acting as a program ambassador. Working alongside men and women of varying ages, he makes Victoria and Esquimalt safer through public education and community leadership.

Michael J. McEwan
Tsawwassen, British Columbia

For nearly a decade, Mike McEwan has been working to inspire kindness among youth in British Columbia through the Kindness Foundation, where he currently serves as president. He established and coordinates the Nadine Marshall Memorial Scholarship and created a series of toolkits for schools around the province, constantly working to inspire, educate and connect people in society today.

David Peter Millar
Regina, Saskatchewan

For over 30 years, David Millar has been an active volunteer at the community, provincial and national levels. He has served on several boards including those of Sask Sport, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Chiropractors' Association of Saskatchewan, Rowing Canada Aviron, the Saskatchewan Rowing Association, the Regina Rowing Club and the Canadian Mental Health Association. His dedication to working with others and supporting numerous beneficial causes is inspiring.

Heather More
Creston, British Columbia

For the past 20 years, Heather More has been at the forefront of every social cause in her community. Her university training in international economics and accounting, and her business acumen make her a valuable thinker and problem solver on the boards and projects she supports in the Creston community.

Lyndia Morrice
Victoria, British Columbia

Dedicated to helping her community and others in need, Lyndia Morrice has been volunteering with Soup Sisters for four years, performing such duties as registration, preparation work and liaising with guests. Her efforts help strengthen the organization's relationship with the Victoria Women's Transition House, an emergency shelter for victims of abuse. After every soup-making session, Soup Sisters provides over 75 litres of soup to the House's residents, helping to create a welcoming atmosphere.

Tanna Patterson
Creston, British Columbia

An active volunteer in her community for over 25 years, Tanna Patterson has long been associated with Wildsight, an organization that undertakes to protect wildlife, serving as its president. She has also been addressing environmental issues, and environmental community concerns.

Sandy Riley
Vancouver, British Columbia

Sandy Riley has been volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia since 1998, serving as an advocate, ambassador and president of the Society. She has worked to raise awareness, educate stakeholders, encourage engagement and advance research for the cause and a cure through initiatives like the Ascent for Alzheimer's disease, which has generated a sense of community and an expansive support network in British Columbia.

Françoise Sigur-Cloutier
Regina, Saskatchewan

Françoise Sigur-Cloutier uses her love of French and Francophone culture to benefit the Franco-Saskatchewanian community. In addition to having a hand in cultivating French-language literature, she is involved in developing her province as president of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise, working to protect, defend and promote Francophone rights.

John Simpson
Chilliwack, British Columbia

John Simpson has been helping people with brain injuries navigate the social, legal and medical aspects of their conditions for over 35 years. Founder of the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association, he has volunteered his time and expertise to assist patients and their families. He is also a sought-after consultant who has worked with non-profit organizations and the governments of Ontario and Saskatchewan to establish better services and support in the community.

Karli Yanchus
Tahsis, British Columbia

Over the past five years, Karli Yanchus has been managing the Breakfast Club of Canada program at Captain Meares Elementary Secondary School, as well as the Fruit and Veggie program and the Farm to School lunch program. She is also an active member of the Parent Advisory Council. Being the first to arrive and the last to leave, she helps students receive the nutrition they need, and her ongoing commitment to these programs has helped foster a positive environment in which to learn.

EXEMPLARY SERVICE MEDALS AND BARS

Constable James Dowling
Richmond, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Constable James Dowling, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Staff Sergeant Mark Horsley
Coquitlam, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Staff Sergeant Mark Horsley, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Deputy Chief Constable Warren M. Lemcke, O.O.M.
Surrey, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Deputy Chief Constable Warren Lemcke, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Inspector Loris Zuccato
Vancouver, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Inspector Loris Zuccato, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Scott Myhre
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Corrections Exemplary Service Medal

The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Correctional Officer II Scott Myhre, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Edward "Ted" Blight
Port Alberni, British Columbia
Second Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

The second Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Edward Blight, firefighter with the Sproat Lake Fire Department, in recognition of his 40 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Gord Schreiner
Comox, British Columbia
Second Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

The second Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Gord Schreiner, Fire Chief at Comox Fire Rescue, in recognition of his 40 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Captain Glenn A. Ormiston
Victoria, British Columbia
First Bar to the Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Captain Glenn Ormiston, Superintendent, Regional Operations Centre, Canadian Coast Guard, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Randy Lyons
Victoria, British Columbia
Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal

The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Randy Lyons, Logistics Officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Donald Andruschak
Riverton, Manitoba
Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal with First Bar

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal with first Bar is presented to paramedic Donald Andruschak, of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Lorne Harley
Teulon, Manitoba
Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to paramedic Lorne Harley, of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Sergeant Blair Boyd
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Sergeant Blair Boyd, Deputy Sheriff with the B.C. Sheriff Services, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Sergeant Ken Fisher
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Sergeant Ken Fisher, Deputy Sheriff with the B.C. Sheriff Services, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Gordon Oremek
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Gordon Oremek, Deputy Sheriff with the B.C. Sheriff Services, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

DECORATIONS FOR BRAVERY

Thomas Charles Blair, M.B.
Wilbert Kent, M.B.
Robert Reid, M.B.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On January 23, 2013, Tom Blair, Bert Kent and Bob Reid rescued a woman who was in danger of drowning in the Thompson River, in Kamloops, British Columbia. The woman had fallen through the ice while trying to rescue her dog some 20 metres from the shore. Forming a human chain on the thin, fragile ice, Messrs. Blair, Kent and Reid managed to pull the victim out of the water and bring her to safety.

The Medals of Bravery awarded to Messrs. Kent and Reid will be presented to them at a future ceremony.

Guy Hawk, M.B.
Agassiz, British Columbia
Randolph Schwindt, M.B.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On November 21, 2009, Guy Hawk and Randy Schwindt entered a burning mobile home to try and rescue an unconscious woman in Agassiz, British Columbia. They forced open the front door and crawled several metres through the thick smoke and intensifying flames to reach the woman. Despite the heat and debris falling from the ceiling, they managed to grab the victim by the feet and pull her outside. Sadly, she did not survive.

The Medal of Bravery awarded to Mr. Schwindt will be presented to him at a future ceremony.

Constable Kevin Johnson, M.B.
Golden, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On February 23, 2013, Constable Kevin Johnson tried to rescue a man trapped inside a burning vehicle near Golden, British Columbia. Using a fire extinguisher to suppress the flames, Constable Johnson located the victim, who was pinned in the back seat. The constable worked to free the man but was forced back when the van became completely engulfed in flames. Sadly, the victim did not survive.

Michael Robert Henderson, M.B.
Nelson, British Columbia
Stephen VanderVelden, M.B.
Lacombe, Alberta
Medal of Bravery

On April 20, 2013, Mike Henderson and Stephen VanderVelden rescued the driver of a vehicle that had overturned into a swollen creek near Christina Lake, British Columbia. The two men managed to force open the car door, cut the driver's seatbelt and pull the unconscious man up onto the car's undercarriage. They then went back into the submerged vehicle to ensure there was no one else in the car. The driver later regained consciousness and was brought up the steep embankment to a waiting ambulance.

The Medal of Bravery awarded to Mr. Henderson will be presented to him at a future ceremony.

Leading Air Cadet Shannon Young, M.B.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On May 17, 2012, 13-year-old Leading Air Cadet Shannon Young helped two children escape after an armed man made his way into her family's house, in Kamloops, British Columbia. Ms. Young first hid the children in an upstairs room; then, despite the risk of being injured or taken hostage by the gunman, she guided them downstairs and out of the house to safety.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)

Second Lieutenant Robert Archie Alliston, M.S.M., C.D.
Surrey, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On July 26, 2012, Second Lieutenant Alliston was driving along Highway 97C in West Kelowna, British Columbia, when he saw an out-of-control vehicle go by with an unconscious driver at the wheel. Second Lieutenant Alliston immediately pulled over and chased down the car on foot. He managed to open the passenger door and put the car in park. He then applied first aid until the paramedics arrived; sadly, the victim did not survive despite Second Lieutenant Alliston's best efforts.

Commander Jason Robert Boyd, M.S.M., C.D.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commanding officer of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Regina, Commander Boyd demonstrated his leadership ability while deployed to the Arabian Sea from July 2012 to March 2013. His professionalism, diplomatic skills and stalwart efforts contributed to maritime security, to Canada's diplomatic and military ties in the region, and to the enhanced safe passage of international shipping. Commander Boyd's performance was integral to the success of the operation and brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Sergeant Russell Scott Short, M.S.M., C.D.
Lazo, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On September 22, 2013, Sergeant Short was instrumental in the rescue of a seriously injured hiker on Mount Arrowsmith, in British Columbia. He led over 100 rescue volunteers from five different ground search and rescue organizations, and utilized his expertise as a rope rescue specialist to lower the victim 1100 metres safely down the mountain. Sergeant Short's exceptional contribution was critical to this successful extrication, which constitutes one of the longest rope rescue operations in British Columbia's history.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (CIVIL DIVISION)

Colin Balfour Glassco, A.O.E., M.S.C.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Colin Glassco played a crucial role in improving the quality of life for children in Gwembe Valley, Zambia. Through the Glassco Foundation, he has provided them with access to safe water, as well as health education for rural populations, and support for hospitals and doctors. His collaborative work with the Zambian government led to a national initiative to eradicate trachoma, which helps thousands of Zambians recover their eyesight.

Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C.
Les Cayes, Haiti and Whitehorse, Yukon
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Morgan Wienberg co-founded Little Footprints, Big Steps, a safe transitional house for victims of poverty and neglect. Only 19 years old, she has devoted herself to providing street kids with shelter, food, education and health care. She mobilized support at home and in Haiti, helping families become self-sufficient and reunite with their abandoned children.

George Bittman, M.S.M. (posthumous)
J. Murray McCann, M.S.M.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Past chair of the Calgary Poppy Fund George Bittman and philanthropist Murray McCann brought the Memorial Drive Cross Project to fruition. Thanks to their dedication, a cross with the name of each soldier killed in action from southern Alberta is erected every year in Calgary from November 1 to 12, to remind Canadians of the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to the late George Bittman will be received by his step-daughter, Ms. Laura Vanderkruk.

Lembi Buchanan, M.S.M.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Lembi Buchanan played a crucial role in income tax reformation by creating the Fighting for Fairness campaign. Through her intense lobbying, the need to broaden the eligibility criteria for the Disability Tax Credit received national attention, and led to persons with mental and episodic disabilities benefiting from the federal tax credit.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sydney E. Burrows, A.F.C., M.S.M., C.D. (Ret'd)
Comox, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Sydney Burrows spearheaded the creation of In the Service of Canada, the seventh Book of Remembrance housed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Its pages preserve the names of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who died while on duty between October 1947 and the present day, with the exception of those who were involved in the Korean War. The Books of Remembrance remind us that freedom and peace come at a great price.

Daniel Claypool, M.S.M.
Devon, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Daniel Claypool had a leading role in the creation of the Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre, an interactive museum showcasing the evolution of Alberta's booming oil industry. With over 30 000 artefacts on display, including drilling and processing equipment, the centre recounts how Alberta's economy was forever changed when oil was first struck in the Leduc #1 well. Thanks to his work, an important part of Alberta's modern heritage has been preserved.

Erin Gravelle, M.S.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

On July 12, 2007, the Sail Training Vessel Fair Jeanne suffered an engine room fire. Twenty-year-old civilian instructor Erin Gravelle not only helped limit the fire's spread by organizing a water brigade, but she also reassured and attended to 28 young cadets during the crisis. As a result of her courageous actions, no lives were lost.

Sharon Hapton, M.S.M.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Sharon Hapton is the driving force behind Soup Sisters, a community building program which has spread across seven Canadian provinces and in two locations in the United States. Through this program, volunteers come together to cook for victims of domestic and family violence. In dire times, the warmth and comfort provided by a nurturing bowl of soup reinforces the collective message that "we care".

David Lemon, M.S.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

David Lemon, who founded Health Arts Society, is committed to bringing world-class music to residents of palliative and long-term care facilities. The Concerts in Care have a positive influence on their well-being. Thanks to his vision, this program has evolved into a network of six sister organizations serving audiences in care across Canada.

David McGuire, M.S.M.
New Westminster, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

David McGuire, a brain injury survivor, suffers from short-term memory loss. Despite his daily struggle to remember the run he had completed the day before, he succeeded in running a marathon every day for eight months to raise awareness of brain injury and its prevention. His journey, A Run to Remember, began in St. John's and ended in Victoria, and connected thousands of Canadians along the way.

Lauren Woolstencroft, M.S.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

From an early age, Lauren Woolstencroft was determined to excel in everything she did. She has since become the first and only Canadian to win eight Paralympic titles as an alpine skier, with five gold medals at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympics alone. Through her extraordinary performance, she brought Paralympic alpine ski to a new level and captured the public imagination by showcasing the speed and skill inherent in her sport.

ANNEX C

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS – AFTERNOON CEREMONY (2:30 P.M.)

GOVERNOR GENERAL'S CARING CANADIAN AWARD

Shakeel Akhtar
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

While attending graduate school, Shakeel Akhtar began volunteering in his community to help foreign students with social and cultural integration. Thirty-two years later, he continues to dedicate his time to promoting social harmony, intercultural understanding and diversity.

Gary Bailie
Whitehorse, Yukon

Gary Bailie has been the driving force behind the Kwanlin Koyotes Ski Club for more than 15 years. He encourages teamwork and promotes the therapeutic power of outdoor play among the children of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and has instilled a greater sense of community among its residents.

Dianne L. Bourgeois
New Westminster, British Columbia

Dianne Bourgeois is a dedicated volunteer with Honour House Society, a home away from home for ill and injured military and emergency services personnel and their families. She has coordinated the Society's team of volunteers for the past two years.

Geertje "Gertie" Brown
Creston, British Columbia

A volunteer with Ducks Unlimited Canada for 17 years, Geertje Brown has chaired the Creston Chapter for the past 8 years, as well as heading the organizing committee of the highly successful annual fundraising dinner. She also volunteers with the Creston Valley Club and the Creston Valley Embroidery Guild.

Cesar Cala
Calgary, Alberta

Cesar Cala has contributed to community building in Calgary through cross-cultural relationships and creating bridges between communities, individuals and organizations. He was also instrumental in organizing a Calgary response to the 2006 flooding and mudslides in the Philippines, and helped raise funds for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Stephanie A. Carlson
Vancouver, British Columbia

Stephanie Carlson has selflessly worked in the areas of fundraising, planning and public awareness by helping the British Columbia Children's Hospital Foundation meet an expanding list of demands over the past 30 years. In doing so, she has been able to foster a healing environment while demonstrating her commitment to children, women and families.

Suzy Chung-Smith
Victoria, British Columbia

Suzy Chung-Smith has been involved with 4-H for more than 40 years, first as a youth member, then as a club leader and eventually as council president for British Columbia. Through her efforts, she continues to promote the program's guiding principles of community, leadership and charity.

Michael Cridge
Victoria, British Columbia

For 18 years, Michael Cridge has been a volunteer with the Cridge Centre for the Family, Canada's oldest registered non-profit society and support centre. He has served as a board member, treasurer and president, and donates his time to help the disadvantaged through the Centre's various social services and programs.

Erle T. Einarsson
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Erle Einarsson has been with the Dauphin River Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He has also actively promoted Aboriginal culture through his creation of an Aboriginal village at the Winnipeg Festival du Voyageur, as well as through his work with the Manitoba Living History Society.

      Mark Elson
Surrey, British Columbia

For more than 25 years, Mark Elson has contributed to the safety of his community as a volunteer with both the Surrey Fire Department and Block Watch, and as an auxiliary constable with Surrey's RCMP detachment. Over the years, he has spent countless hours training new volunteers and implementing safety measures to make the community a safer and better place to live.

Don Evans
North Vancouver, British Columbia

Don Evans has been active in preserving and promoting British Columbia's railway heritage since 1961, as a founding member of the West Coast Railway Association. Under his leadership, work on Squamish's railway heritage park was completed; the park now attracts over 100 000 visitors each year.

Julie Ewashen
Creston, British Columbia

As a volunteer nurse for 20 years, Julie Ewashen ran clinics and taught breast self-exam, helping women become aware of diseases affecting the breasts. She was a founding member of the Creston-Kootenay Foundation and a member of its board for 9 years, organized the Youth Advisory Council and set up a YAC fund within the Foundation, which gives a yearly bursary to a graduating student.

Jack Farley
West Vancouver, British Columbia

Under Jack Farley's direction, British Columbia's proud history in sport has reached new heights. Over the past 30 years, the BC Sports Hall of Fame has been transformed into the most interactive sport museum in North America. Additionally, youth in the province are given the opportunity to excel and become a part of that history through the Jack Farley Youth Sports Achievement Awards.

Terry Farmer
Victoria, British Columbia

Terry Farmer is a consummate fundraiser. For over 30 years, he has rallied the community and solicited companies to support local sport, educational and charitable endeavours. He is the director of the Pacifica Housing Advisory Association, which provides housing for low-income families, individuals with special needs, or adults at risk of becoming homeless. As honorary chair of Camp Thunderbird, he procured funds to upgrade the 75-year-old YMCA sports centre.

Dana Farnell
Calgary, Alberta

Dana Farnell has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta since 2012, and currently leads a group of volunteers helping to build homes. She is a trained team leader for the Habitat for Humanity Global Village program who plans, organizes and leads a group of volunteers during international build projects, such as those in Honduras, El Salvador, Louisiana and Nicaragua.

R. Kyle Friesen
Surrey, British Columbia

Since joining the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra in 2003, Kyle Friesen has dedicated his time and resources to sharing classical music with residents of the Lower Mainland. He has served as both treasurer and secretary, fulfilling a variety of administrative duties that have been necessary to keep the band playing, particularly during the recent recession.

Lori Fry
Victoria, British Columbia

For nearly 25 years, Lori Fry has been dedicated to speaking up on behalf of people with visual impairments through the Canadian Council for the Blind, both as a local volunteer and a national executive member. She has been active in establishing new Council chapters throughout British Columbia and in publicizing events and Council causes.

Janna Ginsberg
Victoria, British Columbia

Janna Ginsberg is actively engaged in her local community as a volunteer with Victoria AM Tourist Services, United Jewish Appeal, and her synagogue, the Congregation Emanu-El. Notably, she coordinated the congregation's 150th anniversary celebration, which included a veteran's luncheon and the creation of a war memorabilia exhibit.

Edwin "Ted" A. Hawthorne
Burnaby, British Columbia

For more than 40 years, Edwin Hawthorne has donated his time, legal expertise, skills and energy to improving his community and the country as a whole. He has served as a director and officer of many non-profit charitable organizations including the Hatfield Society, the Chacko & Lize Simon Scholarship Trust, the BC Regimen (DCO) Charitable Trust, and the Columbus Long Term Care Society.

Hilde Ilmer
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Hilde Ilmer has been with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for 20 years and has completed thousands of returns for individuals with modest incomes who are unable to prepare their returns on their own. Every year she volunteers with the Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS), a non-profit credit counselling agency that provides free income tax preparation services to 30 000 low-income Manitobans.

Guylaine Jacques
Bon Accord, Alberta

Guylaine Jacques serves as a role model to youth; of note, she has been involved with the Scouting Movement, helped ensure the success of the Jeux francophones de l'Alberta—which she chaired—and been active with the Fédération du sport francophone de l'Alberta. She has also provided invaluable support to the Canadian Francophone Games, including those held in Edmonton in 2008.

Zora Singh Jhajj
Edmonton, Alberta

For more than 30 years, Zora Singh Jhajj has volunteered with many non-profit, cultural and athletic groups, and events in Edmonton. In addition to serving on various committees, he has helped with fundraising, officiating at athletic events, and organizing food drives and programs for the poor. He has contributed significantly to the well-being of his community and has inspired others to get involved as well.

Thelma Johnson
Creston, British Columbia

Thelma Johnson has volunteered in her community all her adult life, but most recently, since 2005, she has served the Gleaners Society of Creston, first as a volunteer, then for two years as president. She volunteers regularly, sorting, cleaning and pricing used items, and serves as a positive role model to other volunteers.

Ann Jones
Victoria, British Columbia

As an invaluable member of and volunteer with the Maritime Museum of British Columbia for more than 10 years, Ann Jones has been largely responsible for the museum's continued success and growth. She is the primary organizer for the annual Massive Marine Garage Sale and the Victoria Classic Boat Festival Silent Auction, which has raised much-needed funds for the museum's operations, school programs and new location.

Volker Karls
Vancouver, British Columbia

For the past 10 years, Volker Karls has been volunteering on a weekly basis as a companion for patients with disabilities at the Residence for Independent Living Society, and at Yaletown House, a home for those living with dementia.

Doreen Keizer
Victoria, British Columbia

Doreen Keizer has volunteered with the Girl Guides of Canada for 65 years, inspiring generations of girls and young women. She has lived her Girl Guide promise as a caring mentor and as someone who quietly goes the extra mile to teach and share her vast knowledge and experience with others.

Robert Krell
Vancouver, British Columbia

Robert Krell has been actively involved in his community for more than 45 years and is the founder of the Holocaust Education Centre in Vancouver. Through education and remembrance, he has made significant contributions to promoting human rights and social justice in Canada.

Léon LeBrun
Coquitlam, British Columbia

For 20 years, Léon LeBrun has volunteered with the Trans Canada Trail and Trails BC, and has been the driving force behind the development of non-motorized trails in British Columbia. Working on projects such as the Chilliwack River Valley Trails and the Great Blue Heron Way, in addition to establishing a linguistic bridge through organizing the "Festival du Bois," he has connected Canadians, promoted environmental preservation and helped create a national legacy.

Jerrold Lemko
Vegreville, Alberta

Jerrold Lemko has dedicated over 24 years to his community's well-being and safety. As a volunteer firefighter with Vegreville Fire Services, he created a junior firefighting program for high school students. He is also a coach, referee and board member of the local minor hockey league. His efforts have helped young Canadians become more engaged in their community.

Beverly Lovell
North Vancouver, British Columbia

For the past 15 years, Beverly Lovell has provided opportunities for youth across North Vancouver through the Sea Cadet and Navy League Cadet programs. She has given young Canadians a greater appreciation for community and citizenship, as well as the skills to succeed.

Stephen George Lytton
Vancouver, British Columbia

Refusing to accept the marginalization of First Nations people with disabilities, Stephen Lytton has volunteered with the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society since 1991, where he currently serves as president. Under his leadership, the Society promotes Aboriginal participation in community planning and provides disability, health and social support services throughout the province.

James Mann
Surrey, British Columbia

For eight years, James Mann has been a leader in the fight against dementia by advocating for a more concerted response to reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease, by educating people and by taking an active role on the executive boards of both the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia. His work has raised awareness of the disease, promoted inclusion and reduced barriers to diagnosis and care.

Jon B. McComb
Vancouver, British Columbia

Jon McComb, a well-known broadcaster in Vancouver, has concentrated his volunteer efforts over the past 40 years on mental illness awareness and helping the less privileged in his community. His broadcasts and public events help those who have faced adversities in life.

Ted McLeod
Victoria, British Columbia

Since joining its board of directors in 2006, Ted McLeod has poured his time and energy into the Sail and Life Training Society. Through decades of volunteer service, he has provided sail training and life lessons—as well as a valuable link to the area's maritime heritage—to over 1 700 young people each year.

Ron Meadley
Surrey, British Columbia

For the past 10 years, Ron Meadley has been an active volunteer and advocate for the conservation of Surrey's natural areas and streams. His passion and commitment have brought about wonderful results and his volunteer contributions continue to make a lasting and positive difference to the people and wildlife of Surrey.

Joelle Jenny Shana Moses
Vancouver, British Columbia

Joelle Moses is an organizer of several events that promote inclusivity, community, personal wellness, social justice and community outreach at the Point Grey Secondary School. She also regularly organizes writing campaigns and donation drives to support marginalized groups throughout the city.

Christine Munkerud
Creston, British Columbia

Since 1976, Christine Munkerud has been an active volunteer with the Wildsight environmental group, the Creston Valley Friends of the Greenhouse, and the Creston Food Action Coalition's Harvest Share program. She uses her writing, photography and artistic skills to contribute to these community groups. She also assists the Therapeutic Riding Program with its fundraising events.

Terje Munkerud
Creston, British Columbia

For the past 10 years, Terje Munkerud has volunteered his time with the Creston Therapeutic Riding Program as a caretaker. He has also assisted with renovations for the past 3 years at Spectrum Farms, a not-for-profit farm established to provide work for persons with disabilities.

Kate Nemeth
Burnaby, British Columbia

Kate Nemeth has been volunteering with Scouts Canada since 2000, and currently serves as the Pacific Coast Council's deputy council commissioner for Volunteer Services and Youth Safety. She is a proven leader within the organization and has coordinated annual leadership conferences, year-end celebrations and group support workshops. She also conducts safety training for children and youth.

Alan Ngo
Burnaby, British Columbia

For six years, Alan Ngo has been helping newcomers integrate into Canadian society through his involvement with MOSAIC's Workplace Connections Mentoring Program. He has dedicated hundreds of hours to coaching, meeting with his mentees individually, leading group sessions, and helping them successfully enter the Canadian work force. He also inspires them to become mentors themselves.

Ann Nightingale
Saanichton, British Columbia

Twelve years ago, Ann Nightingale revived the Rocky Point Bird Observatory to track bird migration patterns, add to our avian knowledge, and better conserve Canada's bird population. In addition to implementing and expanding several monitoring programs, she has been successful in educating and engaging the public through regular speaking engagements and tours, and by expanding the Observatory's volunteer base.

Nicole Nilsson
Creston, British Columbia

Nicole Nilsson has lived in Creston since 1971 and been a passionate volunteer ever since, including establishing and managing the Wave Swim club for 10 years and developing the junior soccer club. She was the president and secretary of the Hospice Society, as well as the president and director of the Swan Valley figure skating club.

Donna Petroski
Saanichton, British Columbia

Donna Petroski has volunteered in numerous capacities since 1978, with focus on improving the well-being of residents in her community. Since moving to Saanich in 2003, she has immersed herself in patient care at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where she promotes a healing environment and dedicates countless hours to the Extended Care and Palliative Care units.

David Pohl
North Vancouver, British Columbia

For the past eight years, David Pohl has been president of the Pacific Parklands Foundation (PPF) where he has worked to preserve and enhance Vancouver's ecological spaces. He has expanded PPF's participation in the Catching the Spirit Environmental Stewardship Program, conducted an invaluable Natural Capital Review and initiated an environmental scholarship program.

Jean Syroteuk
Creston, British Columbia

Since 2002, Jean Syroteuk has been volunteering weekly with the Gleaners Society, sorting donations; serving as head of Disbursements on the Executive Board, which requires a great deal of time and effort; and doing public relations and advertising for the Society. In the community, she also gives of her time to the local farmers' market.

Merv Syroteuk
Creston, British Columbia

Merv Syroteuk has been a devoted hospice volunteer since 2005, as well as president of the Valley Hospice Society for four terms since 2008. In addition, he is an active member of the local farmers' market and a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, and is always available to counsel others who need assistance.

EXEMPLARY SERVICE MEDALS AND BARS

Sergeant Mark Andrews
Surrey, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Sergeant Mark Andrews, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Sergeant Al Kuniss
Coquitlam, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Sergeant Al Kuniss, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Constable Malcolm Newlands
Mission, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Constable Malcolm Newlands, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Inspector Adua Porteous
Richmond, British Columbia
First Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Police Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Inspector Adua Porteous, of the Vancouver Police Department, in recognition of her 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Marie-France Lapierre
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Corrections Exemplary Service Medal

The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mrs. Marie-France Lapierre, Chief Psychologist with the Correctional Service of Canada, in recognition of her 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Len Zebedee
High River, Alberta
Second Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

The second Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Len Zebedee, High River Fire Department Fire Chief, in recognition of his 40 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Don Padlesky
St. Paul, Alberta
First Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Don Padlesky, Fire Prevention & Safety Coordinator with Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc., in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

W. Brian Wootton
Victoria, British Columbia
First Bar to the Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal

The first Bar to the Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. W. Brian Wootton, Acting Regional Director, Canadian Coast Guard programs, in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Darcene Thirkell
Victoria, British Columbia
Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal with First Bar

The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal with first Bar is presented to Ms. Darcene Thirkell, Superintendent of Operational Business, Canadian Coast Guard, in recognition of her 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Kelly D. Alendal
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal

The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Ms. Kelly D. Alendal, Operations Specialist at the Canadian Coast Guard, in recognition of her 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Wayne Kohinski
Selkirk, Manitoba
Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal with First Bar

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal with first Bar is presented to paramedic  Wayne Kohinski, of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority , in recognition of his 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Dennis Dwornick
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Dennis Dwornick, Training Manager with the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Rolland Fontaine
Selkirk, Manitoba
Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal is presented to paramedic Rolland Fontaine, of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Scott Jenkinson
Airdrie, Alberta
Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Scott Jenkinson, Senior Trade Officer at the Canada Border Services Agency, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

Scott Kienlen
Estevan, Saskatchewan
Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal is presented to Mr. Scott Kienlen, Chief of Operations for the Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan Districts at the Canada Border Services Agency, in recognition of his 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.

DECORATIONS FOR BRAVERY

Kevin Laverne Hiebert, M.B.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Corporal Michael Edward Loerke (Ret'd), M.B.
Lake Country, British Columbia
Deputy Fire Chief Brent Ian Penner, M.B.
Lake Country, British Columbia
Cindy Leigh Rogers, M.B.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Donald Alan St. Pierre, M.B.
Blind Bay, British Columbia
Constable Carl Russell Stene, M.B.
Lake Country, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On December 19, 2012, Kevin Hiebert, retired corporal Michael Loerke, Deputy Fire Chief Brent Penner, Cindy Rogers, Donald St. Pierre and Constable Carl Stene attempted to rescue a woman from a vehicle submerged in Wood Lake, near Kelowna, British Columbia. Mr. St. Pierre and Ms. Rogers swam out six metres through the freezing water to reach the Jeep and break its windows. Mr. Hiebert, Corporal Loerke, Deputy Fire Chief Penner and Corporal Stene then wrapped ropes around the vehicle to have it pulled to shore. Once in shallower waters, they were able to pull the victim out, but sadly, she did not survive.

Jason MacMillan, M.B.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On March 10, 2013, Jason MacMillan rescued a woman who was being attacked in a convenience store in Vancouver, British Columbia. A man had approached the victim and suddenly began stabbing her with a knife. Mr. MacMillan jumped on the assailant and pinned him to the floor. He wrestled the weapon from the man's grip and restrained him, giving the injured woman a chance to escape.

Anthony Norman, M.B.
Victoria, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On December 13, 2013, security officer Anthony Norman rescued a suicidal man from atop a hospital parkade in Victoria, British Columbia. The distraught individual had scaled the exterior frame of an elevator shaft and threatened to jump. Mr. Norman climbed up to a ledge just below where the man stood, grabbed the victim's pant leg and pulled him down to his level, where he restrained him until emergency services arrived.

Marc Overacker, M.B.
Athabasca, Alberta
Maurice Poirier, M.B.
Calgary, Alberta
Jordan Smith, M.B.
Edmonton, Alberta
Medal of Bravery

On August 26, 2013, Marc Overacker, Maurice Poirier and Jordan Smith rescued two children from a burning vehicle that had collided with a tractor-trailer near Atmore, Alberta. A fire had started in the car's engine and rapidly grown in intensity. The smoke became so severe that the rescuers had to retreat several times to catch their breath. Despite the flames, Messrs. Overacker, Poirier and Smith managed to pry open the car doors, cut the seatbelts and bring the victims a safe distance away.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)

Sergeant Brian Harding, M.S.M.
Québec, Quebec
Master Corporal Jordan Irvine, M.S.M., C.D.
White Rock, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In December 2013, Sergeant Harding and Master Corporal Irvine were instrumental in spearheading Send Up the Count, a grassroots mental health initiative. The project encouraged military personnel to reach out via social media and other methods to serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces who may be in danger of harming themselves. Within a week, they had reached over 9 000 members and greatly helped in combatting the stigma associated with mental illness.

 

SOURCE Governor General of Canada

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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