Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 11, 2009 17:25 ET

Governor General to Present 24 Decorations, Medals and Awards at the Citadelle of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present decorations, medals and awards to 24 recipients at the Residence of the Governor General of Canada at the Citadelle of Quebec, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at 2:30 p.m.

The Governor General will present the following honours:

- 10 Canadian Bravery Decorations;

- two Police Exemplary Service Medals;

- eight Corrections Exemplary Service Medals;

- one Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal;

- one Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal;

- one Governor General's Academic Medal; and

- one Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.

The ceremony's schedule, fact sheets on each of the honours being presented, and the list of recipients are enclosed. For more information on the Canadian Honours System, please visit

Media covering the ceremony must contact Rideau Hall Press Office the day before the event. They will have to show their accreditation at the Citadelle gate, and access the Ballroom through the administration door.


The scenario for the ceremony is as follows:

1:45 p.m.: Arrival of media
1:55 p.m.: Sound and light checks
2:10 p.m.: Guests take their seats
2:15 p.m.: All media are in place
2:30 p.m.: Her Excellency enters the Ballroom and
beginning of the ceremony
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the honours
3:15 p.m.: End of ceremony
3:30 p.m.: Interviews with recipients



Created in 1972, the Canadian Bravery Decorations symbolically express the nation's gratitude to those people who risk their lives to save or protect others, defying their instinct of self-preservation in the process . As these incidents are conditioned by the circumstances under which they are performed, the three decorations were created to reflect the hazards encountered in widely differing situations:

The Cross of Valour (C.V.) is awarded "for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril".

The Star of Courage (S.C.) is awarded "for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril".

The Medal of Bravery (M.B.) is awarded "for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances".

All three decorations may be awarded posthumously.


Terry Bratton, M.B. Verdun, Que.
Louis-Paul Courbron, M.B. Quebec, Que.
Frederick Dionne, M.B. Saint-Nicolas, Que.
James Donovan, M.B. Montreal, Que.
Yves Pilotte, M.B., (posthumous) Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Que.
Tommy Theriault, M.B. Quebec, Que.
Alexis Laliberte, M.B. Montreal, Que.
Constable Francois Lavoie, M.B. Jonquiere, Que.
Constable Yves Rousseau, M.B. Jonquiere, Que.
Philippe O. Murphy, M.B. Brossard, Que.


Terry Bratton, M.B.

Verdun, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On January 13, 2008, Terry Bratton jumped into the St. Lawrence River to rescue a four-year-old boy who had fallen into the water trying to retrieve a ball, in Verdun, Quebec. Alerted by the child's screams, Mr. Bratton did not hesitate to run to his rescue. He entered the freezing water and swam against the current to reach the boy in the middle of the river. With great difficulty, he managed to get him to shore. Thanks to Mr. Bratton's quick actions, the boy survived and celebrated his fourth birthday that same day.

Louis-Paul Courbron, M.B.

City of Quebec, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On August 16, 2007, Messrs. Benji Correos, Louis-Paul Courbron and Kimpton Gagnon-Despres rescued Mr. Correos' son, who had slipped into the high, rushing waters of the Yukon River, in Whitehorse, Yukon. After seeing his son fall in, Mr. Correos jumped in to grab him, but soon, both were pulled under by the current. Witnessing the scene, Messrs. Courbron and
Gagnon-Despres jumped in to rescue the boy whose body had surfaced at the bottom of the rapids. They held the boy's head above water and swam through the turbulent waters to bring him to shore, where he was revived. Sadly, Mr. Correos did not survive the ordeal.

Frederick Dionne, M.B.

Saint-Nicolas, Quebec

James Donovan, M.B.

Montreal, Quebec

Yves Pilotte, M.B. (posthumous)

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Quebec

Tommy Theriault, M.B.

City of Quebec, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On August 1, 2007, Messrs. Yves Pilotte, Frederick Dionne, James Donovan and Tommy Theriault rescued Mr. Pilotte's son, who was caught in a riptide off Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. Mr. Pilotte swam out to his son, and together, they battled in vain against the waves that kept pulling them further out to sea. Mr. Donovan reached the struggling victims, grabbed
Mr. Pilotte, who was now unconscious, and started towing both victims towards the beach. Swimming out to them, Mr. Theriault took hold of Mr. Pilotte, while Mr. Dionne assisted the boy. Despite the strong current, the rescuers and victims finally reached the shore, where others had arrived to help. Sadly, efforts to revive Mr. Pilotte were unsuccessful.
The decoration awarded to Mr. Yves Pilotte will be received by his spouse, Ms. Nathalie Pilote.

Alexis Laliberte, M.B.

Montreal, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On November 11, 2007, Alexis Laliberte rescued two children from the cold waters of the St. Lawrence River, in Verdun, Quebec. Walking by the river, Mr. Laliberte heard the children's cries and saw the victims disappear under the water, carried away by the current. He jumped in and swam out to them despite the force of the undertow, which made it very difficult to stay afloat. Mr. Laliberte grabbed the children and pulled them safely to shore where, wrapped in blankets provided by onlookers, they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Constable Francois Lavoie, M.B.

Jonquiere, Quebec

Constable Yves Rousseau, M.B.

Jonquiere, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On May 14, 2007, constables Francois Lavoie and Yves Rousseau rescued an elderly woman from a burning house, in Jonquiere, Quebec. The police officers attempted to enter the building, but were forced back due to the thick, black smoke. Constable Rousseau charged back inside, followed by his colleague. As they ran down a blazing corridor, they could barely see the victim in her wheelchair, which was stuck in a door frame. Together, they succeeded in freeing the wheelchair and brought the victim to safety.

Philippe O. Murphy, M.B.

Brossard, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On December 25, 2006, 18-year-old Philippe Murphy rescued his grandfather from a possible drowning, in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, Quebec. While spending Christmas at the cottage, Philippe and members of his family went for a walk across the frozen lake to visit friends. Halfway to their destination, the grandfather fell through the ice. As the strong current pulled the elderly man towards the bottom, Philippe moved to the edge of the ice, and grabbed him by the coat. With great difficulty, he held onto his grandfather as family members made a human chain to pull them back onto safer ice.


Exemplary Service Medals recognize those persons in high-risk professions who have dedicated themselves to preserving Canada's safety through long and outstanding service. A bar is added to the ribbon of the insignia for each additional 10-year period of service.


The Police Exemplary Service Medal recognizes police officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have completed 20 years of full-time service with one or more recognized Canadian police forces.

Recipients of the First Bar, for 30 years of service:

Constable Richard Gagne

City of Quebec, Quebec

Surete du Quebec

Constable Langis Rouleau

Montmagny, Quebec

Surete du Quebec


The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal recognizes employees of the Canadian Correctional Service who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have completed 20 years of service, including 10 years as a peace officer in an institution, a parole officer or a probation officer, or in a capacity which has brought the recipient into contact with offenders in the regular performance of duties. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the medal.

Recipient of the First Bar, for 30 years of service:

Mr. Robert Hardy

Recipients of the Medal, for 20 years of service:

Mr. Marc-Andre Boulay

Mr. Christian Brousseau

Mr. Lionel Chicoine

Mr. Sylvain Durand

Mr. Pierre Lafond

Ms. Renee Langevin

Ms. Marie-France Noel

All recipients are employees of the Donnacona Institution, in Donnacona, Quebec.



The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal recognizes professionals in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public. Recipients must have been employed with emergency medical services on or after October 31, 1991, and have completed 20 years of exemplary service, including at least 10 years in the performance of duties involving potential risk.

Recipient of the Medal, First and Second Bars (for 40 years of service):

Mr. Jean-Claude Paquet

Director, Fire Services

Saint-Raymond, Quebec

In May 2007, Mr. Paquet received the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, First and Second bars for 40 years of service; he is one of the first recipients to be awarded a second Exemplary Service Medal, for his concurrent services in another field.


The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal recognizes frontline employees who serve at protecting the safety and security of the public and on-site in the field of operations. Peace officers include, among others, park wardens, conservation officers and border services officers. Recipients must have completed 20 years of service with one or more federal or provincial organizations that employ peace officers and that are deemed eligible by the Advisory Committee.

Recipient of the Medal, for 20 years of service:

Ms. Manon Sioui

Border Services Officer

Canada Border Services Agency


For more than 125 years, the Governor General's Academic Medal has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. It is awarded to a student graduating with the highest average from a high school, or approved college or university program . The Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level.

Recipient of the Medal for the 2008-2009 school year:

Mr. Olivier Simon

Ecole secondaire Cardinal-Roy

City of Quebec, Quebec


The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award was created to recognize the fine example set by special volunteers whose compassion and charitableness are such a part of the Canadian character. This volunteer award honours Canadians for unpaid voluntary activities, most often done behind-the-scenes, at the community level. They have given extraordinary help or care to individuals, families or groups, or supported community service or humanitarian causes.

Mrs. Elisabeth Couture

Levis, Quebec

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

A dynamic volunteer devoted to those in need and to her parish, Elisabeth Couture serves as an inspiration to many people in the Levis area. Her efforts include 20 years as a member of the Levis Daughters of Isabella, where she has been instrumental in organizing fundraising dinners for Jonction pour elle, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She also volunteers at Le Grenier food bank, serving hot meals to the needy, and assists in planning entertainment for a number of seniors' residences. She has spent 10 years providing pastoral care to patients at
Hotel-Dieu Hospital and also volunteers with the Ste-Foy Antonine Sisters as a lay associate.

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