Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 25, 2011 16:32 ET

British Columbia Employers and Educators Honoured for Support to the Reserve Force

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2011) - The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) presented awards to Vancouver Island businesses and organizations today, in recognition of their ongoing support to Canadian Forces (CF) Reserve personnel. The ceremony took place at the Admiral's residence in Her Majesty's Canadian Dockyard in Esquimalt, B.C. Mr. Scott Shepherd, the Chair of CFLC B.C., and Rear-Admiral Nigel Greenwood, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, presided over the event. Commodore David Craig, Commander of the Canadian Naval Reserve, also attended the awards ceremony.

"I commend B.C.'s 2011 recipients of the CFLC Employer Support Awards," said Mr. Shepherd. "This award is a testament to the fact that they have stepped up and made real commitments to support Canada's Reserve Forces - its citizen soldiers, sailors, and air personnel. These recipients have proven that they value the traits and qualities of our nation's reservists, and that they stand behind our men and women in uniform."

The CFLC and the CF officially expressed their appreciation to the following supportive employers:

  • Vancouver Island Health Authority;

  • The City of Victoria;

  • Berlin, Eaton and Associates Ltd.; and

  • Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre.

"The support of employers is crucial to ensuring that citizen sailors, soldiers, airmen and women are ready to conduct CF operations when necessary," said Rear-Admiral Greenwood. "I'd like to extend a personal thanks to these men and women and to their employers for their contribution to Canada's defence."

The CFLC is a group of prominent business people who actively support the reserve component of the CF by encouraging industry, government and educational institutions to voluntarily grant Reservists military leave to participate in training and operations. Primary Reservists are encouraged to show their appreciation by formally thanking their employers with a letter of thanks or a certificate of recognition.

Note to Editors:

For further information, including imagery, media representatives are asked to contact Lieutenant-Commander Kris Phillips at (email) kris.phillips@forces.gc.ca, or (phone) 604-666-0174.

For more information regarding the ceremony, please contact Commander King Wan at (email) king.wan2@forces.gc.ca or (phone) 604-928-0520. You can also contact the CFLC Secretariat at (phone) 1-800-567-9908 or (e-mail) at cflc@forces.gc.ca. Information about the CFLC and the Reserve Force Employer Support is available online at www.cflc.forces.gc.ca.

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