Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation presented to five Ottawa residents
OTTAWA, June 14, 2018 /CNW/ - After their service in uniform, many of Canada's Veterans continue to provide outstanding service to their country, their communities and their fellow Veterans.
Today the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to five Ottawa residents—each of whom served in the military— to recognize their contributions in service to Canada's Veterans:
- Ernest (Boots) Boutilier, CD - Citation
- David Cole, CD - Citation
- Philippe Lepage - Citation
- C. George Pollock - Citation
- Justin Schmidt-Clever, CD - Citation
The Commendation is awarded annually to exceptional Canadians who have contributed in a distinguished manner to the care and well-being of Veterans and/or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans.
"Canada's Veterans gave so much while in uniform, it's no surprise that many of them carry on that commitment to service afterwards. It was an honour to recognize these five Veterans and their significant contributions by awarding them the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. Their service and commitment to the Veteran community has not gone unnoticed. I share my congratulations with them on their well-deserved recognition."
The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
- 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.
- Since 2001, 1,063 people have received this award.
- The Commendation is intended primarily for Veterans, but may be awarded to non-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.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada