Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 08, 2009 10:05 ET

National Awards Ceremony Recognizes Employers for Supporting Canadian Forces Reservists

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - In a ceremony at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on 5 June 2009, The Ladner/St. Stephen's Pastoral Charge, The United Church of Canada received the Special Award for Support to the Reserve Force and the award for Most Supportive Employer, British Columbia for outstanding support to Canada's Reserve Force. The Eighth Biennial National Employer Support Awards were presented by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) to recognize and honour government business and educational institutions for their support of the primary Reserve Force.

Mrs. Mary Plant accepted the awards on behalf of Ladner/St. Stephen's Pastoral Charge. The organization was nominated by Major the Reverend James Short of Land Forces Western Area, Edmonton, Alberta.

Fifteen organizations from across Canada received awards for their outstanding support to Canada's Reserve Force. The ceremony, attended by Mr. Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, and other senior civilian and military personnel, was hosted by well-known broadcast journalist Mr. Don Newman.

The CFLC is a group of civilian business leaders and educators who volunteer their time and effort to promote the primary Reserve Force - Canada's part-time military - by highlighting the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to the civilian workplace.

The mandate of the CFLC is to enhance the availability of Reservists for military duty by obtaining the support and co-operation of organization leaders in Canada. The CFLC's vision is that all organization leaders in Canada actively support Reservists.

Official awards ceremonies provide a way to recognize supportive employers nominated by individual Reservist employees. These awards support the mission of the CFLC: To educate organization leaders on the CF Reserves and encourage them to support training and operations with minimal impact on the Reservist.

For more information please contact Captain John Weingardt, Public Affairs Representative, Chief Reserves and Cadets at 613-996-6135 or Alternatively, contact Ms. Myriam Bower at 613-995-8893 or cellular 613-608-2185. Further details about CFLC or the Reserve Force Employer Support Program can be found on the Internet at

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