Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 21, 2010 11:18 ET

The Governor General Announces 111 new Appointments to the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2010) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announced today the appointment of 111 members of the Canadian Regular and Reserve forces to the Order of Military Merit.

 The recipients will receive their insignia during an investiture ceremony, which will be held at a later date.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.). The appointments include six commanders, 22 officers and 83 members.

The information in this press release was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the members' current rank and posting. The appointments have been in effect since November 24, 2009.

A list of recipients is attached, as well as background information on the Order of Military Merit

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Rear-Admiral Robert Andrew Davidson, C.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Lieutenant-General Joseph Paul André Deschamps, C.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major-General Peter John Devlin, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Vice-Admiral Alistair Bruce Donaldson, C.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major-General David Allison Fraser, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Brigadier-General David Charles Kettle, C.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.

OFFICERS

Colonel David Morris Belovich, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Captain (Navy) Joseph John Robert Richard Bergeron, O.M.M., C.D. Washington, D.C. U.S.A.
Major Kevin Linus Caldwell, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major Steven Mark Card, O.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Colonel Christopher John Coates, O.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Lieutenant-Colonel Dalton James Côté, O.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Colonel Francis Paul Crober, O.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Colonel Michael Donald Day, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Commander Christopher John Deere, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major Joseph François Daniel Gagnon, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Derek William Joyce, O.M.M., C.D. Greenwood, N.S.
Lieutenant-Colonel James Gérard Kile, O.M.M., C.D. Toronto, Ont.
Colonel Charles Adrien Lamarre, O.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Colonel Patrice Joseph Roger Laroche, O.M.M., C.D. Belleville, Ont.
Commodore James Roger MacIsaac, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Douglas Alan Maclean, O.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Colonel Dean James Milner, O.M.M., C.D. North York, Ont.
Brigadier-General Gary James Patrick O'Brien, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Captain (Navy) Colin Wallace Plows, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Joseph Pierre Julien St-Amand, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Christopher Calvin Thurrott, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Robert Schuman Williams, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. North York, Ont.

MEMBERS

Master Warrant Officer Jeffrey Charles Lorne Aman, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Captain Dwayne William Atkinson, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer John Gerard Barnes, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Sergeant Alain André Joseph Barriault, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Petty Officer 1st class Stephen Beastall, M.M.M., C.D. London, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Gary Bradley Biggar, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Warrant Officer Charles David Brady, M.M.M., C.D. Toronto, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Cheryl Dawn Bush, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Dale William Coble, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Austin Joseph Collett, M.M.M., C.D. Shearwater, N.S.
Master Warrant Officer Edward William Dallow, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Thaddeous Bernard D'Andrade, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Master Warrant Officer André Joseph Lucien Demers, M.M.M., C.D. Montréal, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Léopold Mario Dion, M.M.M., C.D. Cold Lake, Alta.
Master Warrant Officer Dany Joseph Joël Dubuc, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Master Warrant Officer Elizabeth Marguerite Dunsmore, M.M.M., C.D. Lazo, B.C.
Captain Jason Brent English, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Michael David Fairfex, M.M.M., C.D. North York, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Pierre Joseph Frenette, M.M.M., C.D. Québec, Que.
Warrant Officer Kelly Todd Grant, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Gilles André Grégoire, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph René Raoul Stéphane Guy, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Sandor Gyuk, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Warrant Officer Thomas William Hale, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Major Marie Gisèle Carmen Hamel, M.M.M., C.D. Richelain, Que.
Captain Peter William Hamilton, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Stuart Gordon Hartnell, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Tom Carl Hennessey, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major Lewis Edwin Irvine, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Master Warrant Officer James Robert Jeckell, M.M.M., C.D. Astra, Ont.
Captain Lennard Mark Johnston, M.M.M., C.D. Borden, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Lewis Harry Johnstone, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.
Master Warrant Officer Raymond Chester King, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Roger William King, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Sergeant Manon Gina Langlois, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Michel Joseph Sylva Lavallée, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B. 
Captain Patrick Joseph Lee, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Thomas Allan Lizotte, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Warrant Officer Patrick Timothy Love, M.M.M., C.D. Denwood, Alta.
Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Charles Lutz, M.M.M., C.D. St-John's, N.L.
Captain Donna Anne MacAulay, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Donald Alexander MacIsaac, M.M.M., C.D. Belleville, Ont.
Major Leslie Robert Mader, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Bradley James Main, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Master Warrant Officer Kevin James Mathers, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lawrence McDonald, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Warrant Officer Sandra Ann Melanson M.M.M., C.D. Astra, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Eric Rudyard Meredith, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Master Warrant Officer Marie Carole Fernande Monsigneur, M.M.M., C.D. Richelain, Que.
Master Warrant Officer Lawrence Russell Mullen, M.M.M., C.D. Denwood, Alta.
Master Warrant Officer Sean Joseph Murphy, M.M.M., C.D. Vandenberg, California, U.S.A.
Petty Officer 1st class Peter Francis Neville, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Chief Warrant Officer André Joseph Gérald Normandin, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Marc André Joseph Pelletier, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer David Charles Phillips, M.M.M., C.D. Denwood, Alta.
Warrant Officer Stephen Glen Piccolo, M.M.M., C.D. Cold Lake, Alta.
Captain Peter Joseph Pitcher, M.M.M., C.D. Aldergrove, B.C.
Major Lorne Benedict Plemel, M.M.M., C.D. Belleville, Ont.
Sergeant Markussie Qinuajuak, M.M.M., C.D. Richelain, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Ramsay, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Chief Warrant Officer Glen Richard Rideout, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.
Chief Warrant Officer Pedro Eduardo Rosa, M.M.M., C.D. Toronto, Ont.
Warrant Officer Claudette Jacqueline Saunders, M.M.M., C.D. Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Petty Officer 1st class Patrick James Johannes Saunders, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Gerald Scarcella, M.M.M., C.D. Lazo, B.C.
Petty Officer 1st class Cavel Thomas Shebib, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Chief Warrant Officer Anthony James Slack, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Roland Wavel Smith, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Jennifer Lynne Ste-Croix, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.
Sergeant Yan St-Pierre, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Major Jean-Yves Taschereau, M.M.M., C.D. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.
Master Warrant Officer Sharman Patrick Thomas, M.M.M., C.D. North Vancouver, B.C.
Chief Petty Officer 1st class Luc Joseph Royal Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Pierre Joseph Richard Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Charles Melvin Frederick Trombley, M.M.M., C.D. Shearwater, N.S.
Master Warrant Officer Donald Wellesley Tupper, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Major Darren Edward Turner, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Warrant Officer Michael Bernard Vandepol, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Armand Joseph Simon Vinet, M.M.M., C.D. Belleville, Ont.
Warrant Officer Leslie James Wilson, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Kevin Allen Woods, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Major John Garnet Zoellner, M.M.M., C.D. Montréal, Que.
Captain Roland Gregory Zwicker, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.

FACT SHEET ON THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels:

  • The level of Commander (post-nominal: C.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility.
  • The level of Officer (Post-nominal: O.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.
  • The level of Member (Post-nominal: M.M.M.) recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty

Eligibility and Nominations

A commanding officer or a military advisory committee (for ranks of colonel and above) recommends to the Chief of the Defence Staff the names of those serving members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve, they consider eligible. The Chief of the Defence Staff then submits the names to the governor general for approval.

The number of appointments per year is limited to one tenth of one per cent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. There are no posthumous appointments.

Recipients may be promoted within the Order. They must exchange their insignia for that which corresponds to the new level, since no member may hold more than one appointment at any time.

The Order's constitution permits members of the armed forces of another country to be appointed as honorary Commanders, Officers and Members. Appointments are made for outstanding meritorious service to Canada or the Canadian Forces in the performance of military duties.

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