Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 11, 2008 14:04 ET

Veterans Affairs Honours Thirteen Outstanding Canadians

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2008) - Thirteen citizens from Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia were honoured today for their commitment and devotion to Veterans. Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented them with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Calgary.

"These individuals have served their country; they have served their communities; they have served their comrades-and with their service they have honoured us all," said Minister Thompson. "It is my pleasure to honour them with this Commendation on behalf of all Canadians."

Mr. Anders presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

John Cresswell, Calgary, AB
Valeria Ferguson, Edmonton, AB
Tom Hradec, Calgary, AB
John Kolanchey, Morinville, AB
Ellen Morrell, Calgary, AB
Elmer Schauer, Rimby, AB
Roland Soper, Calgary, AB
Bill Wilson, Calgary, AB
Elsley Foulds, Coquitlam, BC
Ruth Bond-Martinson, Saskatoon, SK
Kenneth Garbutt, Regina, SK
Lloyd Jones, Regina, SK
Gordon Wilson, Saskatoon, SK

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

It 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.

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

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    Acting Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications