Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 09, 2011 15:25 ET

Awards Ceremony Recognizies Employers and Educators Who Support Canadian Forces Reservists

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - The Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island (PEI), presided over a Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) awards ceremony on Thursday, March 3, at HMCS Queen Charlotte that recognized four provincial organizations that have been supportive of their employees who are also Reservists in the Canadian Forces. The Honourable Robert Ghiz, Premier of PEI, also attended the ceremony and expressed his appreciation to Reservists and their supportive employers.

Provincial organizations and businesses that received the CFLC awards included the Eastern School District (Morell Regional High School), Piazza Joe's Italian Eatery and Bistro, The Veterans Review and Appeal Board, and Home Depot Canada (Charlottetown). 

"As Reserve Force military service is voluntary, Canada has also relied upon a voluntary approach to employer support," said Lieutenant Governor Barbara A. Hagerman. "What that means is that Canada depends largely on the goodwill of companies and organizations that employ Reservists to give them leave for military service when it is required. The level of co-operation from employers across Canada has been sterling."

"Supportive employers are also astute business people," said Robert Bateman, provincial chair of the CFLC. "Although an employer gives something when they grant a Reservist leave for military service, they also get something important in return. It's not a secret that Reservists bring military leadership skills, as well as superior work values and attitudes, to the civilian workplace."

The CFLC is a group of civilian business leaders and educators who volunteer their time and efforts to promote the primary Reserve Force by highlighting the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to the civilian workplace.

Notes to editor / news director: For more information, please contact: Lieutenant-Colonel Aidan Sheridan, PEI Liaison Officer CFLC, at 902-566-8652. Alternatively, please contact the CFLC Secretariat at 1-800-567-9908. Further details about CFLC or the Reserve Force Employer Support Program can be found on the Internet at www.cflc.forces.gc.ca.

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