Canadians recognized for their dedication to Veterans

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation presented at a ceremony in Victoria

VICTORIA, BC, Nov. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to the following nine British Columbia residents, honouring their contributions to remembrance and to the service of Canada's Veterans:

  • Patrick R.P. Bryson, Sidney
  • Alphonse Gallant, Ladysmith
  • Joseph E.L. (Larry) Gollner, Prince George
  • Dwight Grieve, Shawnigan Lake
  • William Arthur Layman, Qualicum Beach
  • Tom Martin, Victoria
  • Theresa Lynn Orser, Victoria
  • Angus Stanfield, Sooke
  • Camille Tkacz, Sooke

Through their efforts, these citizens provide invaluable support to the Veteran community, promoting greater awareness of the sacrifices and achievements of Canada's Veterans and dedicating themselves to Veteran care.


"The Government of Canada is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals for their work helping Canada's Veterans receive the highest level of care and respect they deserve. They have provided immeasurable contributions, support, and dedication to Veterans and their legacy of peace and freedom."
-The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Quick facts

  • The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation was created in 2001 by Warrant of the Governor General and with the approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The governing policies call for it to be "...awarded to individuals who have performed commendable service to the Veteran community and/or individuals who represent commendable role models for their fellow Veterans."
  • The Commendation consists of a certificate, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a bar for wear with decorations.
  • The design is a gold maple leaf resting on a red poppy, a flower long associated with the sacrifices of war, with the Royal Crown on the top of the pin.

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SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information: Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468,; Sarah McMaster, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649


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