Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 20, 2009 17:15 ET

Government of Canada Honours 105-year-old Female Veteran

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Member of Parliament (Lethbridge) Rick Casson, presented greetings from the Prime Minister to Fay Meikle as she celebrated her 105th birthday among family and friends.

"Mrs. Meikle is a remarkable woman who is a source of pride to all women and all Canadians," said Minister Thompson. "She represents a generation of Canadian women who blazed a path for all women in the Canadian Forces. I know all Canadians join me in honouring her achievements and wishing her a very happy birthday."

Mrs. Meikle is Veterans Affairs Canada's oldest female client. She enlisted in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRENS) at the same time as her son joined the Navy in1943. She served on a number of ships throughout the Second World War and was a recipient of the Canadian Volunteer Service and War Medal.

"Veterans such as Mrs. Meikle came home after their service to build this country through their contributions in communities from coast to coast. They made the Canada we know today and it is our duty to always remember their great achievements and their great sacrifice," said Rick Casson, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649