Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 01, 2009 15:27 ET

Governor General to Invest 34 Recipients Into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside at the investiture ceremony of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, on Friday June 5, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., at Rideau Hall. The Governor General will invest five Officers and 29 Members into the Order.

The Order was created in October 2000 to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of the Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. Three levels of membership-Commander, Officer and Member-reflect long-term, outstanding service. Each level has corresponding post-nominal letters: C.O.M., O.O.M. and M.O.M.

The media schedule for the ceremony, recipients' names and additional information about the Order are attached. Please visit our Web site,, for further information on the Order, or the site of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at .


Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:15 a.m. Arrival of media through the Princess Anne entrance
10:25 a.m. Guests begin to take their seats in the Ballroom
10:30 a.m. Sound and light checks
11:00 a.m. The Governor General enters the Ballroom
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents recipients with their insignia
The Principal Commander speaks
12:00 p.m. National anthem and end of ceremony
12:05 p.m. Media interviews with recipients

The list of the recipients is available at the following address:

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Paule Thorn
    Cell. 613-301-2764