Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 30, 2007 11:48 ET

Government of Canada Recognizes Outstanding Canadian Veterans

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to 12 outstanding Canadians from the Quebec region during a ceremony today in Montreal. The recipients were recognized for their dedication and devotion to Canada's Veterans.

"The individuals we are recognizing today have given freely of their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and to ensure their contribution to Canada is remembered by future generations," said Minister Thompson. "They set an example for all of us to follow."

The Commendation was presented to the following Canadians:

- Joseph Bilocq, Val-Belair

- Michael Bisson, Dollard-des-Ormeaux

- Alain Charland, Charlesbourg

- Walter Charron, St. Lambert

- Herve Cote, St-Tite

- Jean-Louis Denis, Baie d'Urfe

- Arthur Fraser, Laval

- Pierre Gauthier, Chambly

- Normand-Guy Goudreau, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

- Douglas Lawrence, Montreal

- Okill Stuart, St-Lambert

- Florent Tremblay, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is presented to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily for Veterans, but in some circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted by the public at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation consists of a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, a lapel pin for civilian wear as well as a certificate.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including citations for the 12 recipients, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications