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January 11, 2005 11:47 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Honours Citizens for their Outstanding Service to Canada


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JANUARY 11, 2005 - 11:47 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Honours Citizens for their
Outstanding Service to Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2005) - The Honourable Albina
Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today the names of
those outstanding Canadians who will receive the Minister of Veterans
Affairs Commendation for their service to their fellow Canadians.
Presentation of the commendations to the recipients will take place
during ceremonies to be held in their honour during 2005, which was
recently declared as the Year of the Veteran.

"Our Veterans served our country during times of greatest need but their
dedication and commitment did not stop at the end of the war," said
Minister Guarnieri. "I am honoured to present the Minister of Veterans
Affairs Commendation to these men and women who have served their fellow
Veterans in peace and remind all Canadians why we need to remember, and
why, in our hearts, every year should be the Year of the Veteran. Their
devotion and generosity are an inspiration to us all."

The Commendation is awarded 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 rare circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation consists of a bar, which
can be worn above or below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, a
lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate. More information,
including an image of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, can
be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

The following individuals will receive the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Commendation during ceremonies to be held across the country in the
coming months:



Jack Ambler - Regina, Saskatchewan
Howard Anderson - Punnichy, Saskatchewan
George Aucoin - Cheticamp, Nova Scotia
Fred Bannister - Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
Joseph Bishara - Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Arthur Boon - Stratford, Ontario
Mary Ann Burdett, Terrace, British Columbia
James Cohen - Rexdale, Ontario
Christian Couture - Saint-Gedeon, Quebec
Thomas Cove - Victoria, British Columbia
Rufus Covey - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Leslie Deane - Burnaby, British Columbia
David Davidson - Kitchener, Ontario
Frank and Izaline Davidson - Concord, Massaschusets, USA
Gerry Den Hartogh - St. Thomas, Ontario
Louis DesChamp - London, Ontario
Russell Dillabough - Deep River, Ontario
Fred Doroshenko - London, Ontario
Ronald Edison - Toronto, Ontario
Aurele Ferlatte - Dalhousie, New Brunswick
William Ford - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
J. Richard Genin - Laval, Quebec
Edward Gillette - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
John Gillis - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Larry Gray - Carleton Place, Ontario
John Grenning - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (posthumous)
Foster Griezic - Victoria, British Columbia
Edmund (Ted) Griffiths - Ottawa, Ontario(i)
James R. (Bob) Hannah - Drumheller, Alberta
Laurence Harrison - Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Ken Henderson - Montreal, Quebec
Edward Howlett - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Derek Irons - Vancouver, British Columbia
Leonard Johansson - Winnipeg, Manitoba
William (Bill) Judge - Peterborough, Ontario
Stewart Kelly - West Vancouver, British Columbia
Conrad Kornberger - Regina, Saskatchewan
Kenneth MacAskill - Thunder Bay, Ontario
Albert W. McKaig - Brandon, Manitoba (posthumous)
Vera Morgan - Islington, Ontario
Laurence Motiuk - Ottawa, Ontario
Peter Neary - London, Ontario
Dudley Pearn - Miscouche, Prince Edward Island
Claude Petit - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Robert Rideout - Botwood, Newfoundland and Labrador
Val Rimer - Calgary, Alberta
Laurent Rivard - Boucherville, Quebec
Edward Rogers - Kateville, Quebec
Robert Ross - Mississauga, Ontario
Wallace Smith - Peterborough, Ontario
Stuart Soward - Victoria, British Columbia
William Steel - Shellbrook, Saskatchewan
Gordon Strathy - Petawawa, Ontario
Lloyd Swick - Ottawa, Ontario
William Tanner - Peachland, British Columbia


(i) Presented on November 5, 2004 at Veterans' Week Senate Ceremony in
Ottawa

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Mike Scandiffio
    Director of Communications
    (613) 996-4649