143 Canadians Honoured by the Order of St. John

    Saturday June 23, 2007
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    The Senate of Canada
    Parliament Hill, Ottawa

    OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, 143 Canadians will be honoured for
their contribution to The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of
Jerusalem and its two foundations St. John Ambulance and The St. John
Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem. LCol. Eric Barry, International Lord Prior
of the Order, will preside over the ceremony.
    Among the 38 individuals being invested in Ottawa for their humanitarian
works are Ms. Carolyn A. Gervais and Major Léonel Jean Regimbal. Ms. Gervais,
in just four short years, has dedicated more than 2000 hours to community
service. For her professionalism and tireless commitment, she becomes a member
of the Order. Long-standing St. John volunteer and champion of youth
initiatives, as well as, a keen promoter of first aid training in the Canadian
Forces, Major Léonel Regimbal today is promoted to Knight. His selfless
dedication for more than 27 years, often under difficult circumstances, has
proven invaluable.
    All awards are sanctioned by Her Excellency, The Right Honourable
Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada and Prior of The Order of St. John
in Canada on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Sovereign Head of
The Order.
    Each year, charitable work undertaken by Canadians on behalf of St. John
Ambulance is recognized and honoured through the Priory of Canada's Honours
and Awards Program. In ceremonies held across the country, hundreds of
dedicated volunteers are presented with lifesaving awards, service medals and
special thanks for making exceptional contributions to their communities.

    (*)The Order of St. John is one of five national orders in the Canadian
Honours System including the Order of Canada, Order of Military Merit, Order
of Merit of the Police Forces and the Royal Victorian Order.

    Backgrounder and organizational information available at

    Interviews available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Lavoie, Dir, Communications, (613)
236-1283, ext 228, (613) 859-9000 cell

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