Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 31, 2012 11:41 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Harper Government Honours Exceptional Citizens from Ontario

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2012) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent this morning at 10:14 AM EDT.

Editor's Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

Twenty citizens from Ontario were honoured yesterday for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented these individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in London, Ontario.

"Today, our Government is proud to recognize a number of outstanding individuals who devote their lives to honouring the sacrifices and contributions of our nation's heroes," said Minister Blaney. "These are men and women who, through their selfless dedication, have had a positive impact on the lives of Veterans and in celebrating the incredible achievements of our Veterans."

The Minister presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Samuel Billich, Toronto
Donald Bowman, St. Catharines
Jeston Brennan, Listowel
Steven Dieter, Owen Sound and Astra
Tom Douglas, Oakville
Kenneth Gawthorn, Kitchener
Erna Hibbs, Simcoe
William Hogg, Mississauga
Mary Keates, Toronto
Don McCumber, Carrying Place
Scott Mullen, Barrie
Jack Patterson, Parry Sound
Leonard Pelletier, Willowdale
Dorothy Phoenix, Toronto
Ken Pifher, Grimsby
John Rigo, Mount Hope
Andrew Robichaud, Grimsby
Daniel Rodrique, Niagara Falls
Joseph Sweeney, Toronto
Muriel Westmorland, Hamilton

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

The Commendation 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 at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

Find more information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including the accomplishments and biographies of the recipients, at

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Jean Christophe de le Rue
    Advisor Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs