The Endowment Fund of the Naval Officers Association of Canada receives a
major donation

OTTAWA, June 24 /CNW/ - The National President of the Naval Officers Association of Canada / L'Association des Officiers de la Marine du Canada (NOAC/AOMC), Commodore (Retired) Jean-Claude Michaud of Lévis, Québec, is pleased to announce that Rear-Admiral (Retired) Waldron "Wally" Fox-Decent, BA, MA, CM, CMM, MC, CD, will make a major donation of $110,000 to the association's National Endowment Fund. The donation will be in three parts. The first, for $40,000, has already been donated. The second, for $30,000, will occur in December 2010, and the third, for $40,000, will occur in March, 2011. The donation is the admiral's way of helping to commemorate the Canadian Navy's centennial in 2010.

Born in Winnipeg in 1937, Rear-Admiral Fox-Decent has had a full and varied naval reserve and civilian career. In his naval reserve career from 1954 to 1996, he rose to the position of Chief of Reserves and Cadets in National Defence Headquarters, and retired as a Rear-Admiral. In his civilian career he has been a university professor, a constitutional advisor to the Manitoba Government on the Meech Lake Accord, and a labour mediator and advisor. He was chair of the Manitoba Workman's Compensation Board from 1992 to 1995. He has been awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Military Merit.

Given its importance, the donation will be identified separately from the remainder of the endowment fund. It will be known as the "Fox-Decent Naval Centennial Gift".

"The NOAC/AOMC warmly welcomes this significant donation to its endowment fund," said Cmdre (Ret'd) Michaud. "As with other capital in the fund, the income from the Fox-Decent Naval Centennial Gift will be used to support NOAC/AOMC charitable contributions to sea cadet scholarships, to the preservation of Canada's maritime heritage and to other worthy causes across the country. We will be able to make even more of a difference in the recognition and support of the naval community."


For further information: For further information: National Executive Director Richard Archer, The Naval Officers Association of Canada, L'Association des Officiers de la Marine du Canada, 12 Zokol Crescent, Ottawa, ON, K2K 2K5, 613 270-9597,,

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