Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 16, 2011 13:51 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 56 Individuals Into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on February 18, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on three Commanders, eight Officers and 45 Members.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

The list of recipients and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.

Media who would like to conduct interviews with the recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence. Those wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to inform the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m.

CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

11:00 a.m.: Ceremony begins
  The Governor General speaks 
  The Governor General presents the insignia
  (Commanders first, followed by Officers and Members)
  The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
12:00 p.m.: Ceremony ends
12:15 p.m.: Media interviews with recipients

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major-General Peter Devlin, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
  Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Brigadier-General David Kettle, C.M.M., C.D.   Chaplain General
Ottawa, Ontario
Major-General Thomas James Lawson, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
  Office of Chief of the Air Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

OFFICERS

Major Kevin Caldwell, O.M.M., C.D.   Directorate Joint Capability Production
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Christopher Coates, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.   Joint Task Force Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Lieutenant-Colonel Dalton Cote, O.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Lieutenant-Colonel James Kile, O.M.M., C.D.   2 Field Ambulance
Petawawa, Ontario
Colonel Charles Lamarre, O.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta
Lieutenant-Colonel Patrice Laroche, O.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington)
Washington D.C., United States of America
Colonel Douglas Alan MacLean, O.M.M., C.D.   Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Lieutenant-Colonel Lawrence Zaporzan, O.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington)
Washington D.C., United States of America

MEMBERS

Captain Dwayne Atkinson, M.M.M., C.D.   Director General Land Equipment Program Management
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer John Barnes, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.   3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Gary Bradley Biggar, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Gagetown
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Cheryl Bush, M.M.M., C.D.   National Defence Headquarters - Chief of the Maritime Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Joseph Collett, M.M.M., C.D.   Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)
Shearwater, Nova Scotia
Captain Serge Côté, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer Thaddeous D'Andrade, M.M.M., C.D.   Land Force Western Area Training Centre
Edmonton, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer André Demers, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Montreal
Montréal, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Mario Dion, M.M.M., C.D.   17 Wing
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Master Warrant Officer Dany Dubuc, M.M.M., C.D.   1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Quebec
Captain Jason English, M.M.M., C.D.   17 Winnipeg Field Ambulance
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael David Fairfex, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces College
Toronto, Ontario
Warrant Officer Melina Fournier, M.M.M., C.D.   Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Sandor Gyuk, M.M.M., C.D.   1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sergeant Thomas William Hale, M.M.M., C.D.   3 Area Support Group Signal Squadron
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Captain Peter Hamilton, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College
Kingston, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Stuart Hartnell, M.M.M., C.D.   1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Raymond King, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces Base Borden
Borden, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer William Laing, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Kingston
Kingston, Ontario
Warrant Officer Patrick Love, M.M.M., C.D.   3 Area Support Group Signal Squadron
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Lutz, M.M.M., C.D.   1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
St. John's, Newfoundland
Captain Donna MacAulay, M.M.M., C.D.   Directorate Land Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Main, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia
Master Warrant Officer Kevin Mathers, M.M.M., C.D.   The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Petawawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Kenneth Miles, M.M.M., C.D.   Land Force Central Area Training Centre Detachment
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer André Normandin, M.M.M., C.D.   5 Field Ambulance
Courcelette, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer David Phillips, M.M.M., C.D.   Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alberta
Captain Peter Pitcher, M.M.M., C.D.   192 Airfield Engineer Flight Aldergrove
Aldergrove, British Columbia
Sergeant Markusi Qinuajuak, M.M.M., C.D.   2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Richelain, Quebec
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Ramsay, M.M.M., C.D.   Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
Edmonton, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer Glen Rideout, M.M.M., C.D.   2 Military Police Unit
Toronto, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Riefesel, M.M.M., C.D.   Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Warrant Officer Claudette Saunders, M.M.M., C.D.   440 Transport Squadron
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Scarcella, M.M.M., C.D.   407 Long Range Patrol Squadron
Lazo, British Columbia
Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Slack, M.M.M., C.D.   Armour School
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Master Warrant Officer Roland Smith, M.M.M., C.D.   2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Petawawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Carol Snow, M.M.M., C.D.   Land Staff Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Jennifer Ste-Croix, M.M.M., C.D.   1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Capitain Jean-Yves Taschereau, M.M.M., C.D.   417 Combat Support Squadron
Cold Lake, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer Donald Tupper, M.M.M., C.D.   3 Area Support Group Signal Squadron
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Warrant Officer Michael Vandepol, M.M.M., C.D.   1 Canadian Field Hospital
Petawawa, Ontario
Captain Denis Veilleux, M.M.M., C.D.   714 (Sherbrooke) Communication Squadron
Sherbrooke, Quebec
Sergeant Leslie Wilson, M.M.M., C.D.   4 Wing
Cold Lake, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer Cameron Winters, M.M.M., C.D.   22 Wing
Hornell Heights, Ontario
Major John Zoellner, M.M.M., C.D.   Land Force Quebec Area Headquarters
Montréal, Quebec

Please note that the information in this media advisory was provided by the
 
Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members 
 at the time of their nomination.

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels:

The level of Commander (post-nominal: C.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility.

The level of Officer (post-nominal: O.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.

The level of Member (post-nominal: M.M.M.) recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty.

Eligibility and Nominations

A commanding officer or a military advisory committee (for ranks of colonel and above) recommends to the chief of the Defence staff the names of those serving members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve, they consider eligible. The chief of the Defence staff then submits the names to the governor general for approval.

The number of appointments per year is limited to one-tenth of one per cent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. In 2009, for instance, 111 appointments were made. There are no posthumous appointments.

Recipients may be promoted within the Order. They must exchange their insignia for that which corresponds to the new level, since no member may hold more than one appointment at any time.

The Order's constitution permits members of the armed forces of another country to be appointed as honorary Commanders, Officers and Members. Appointments are made for outstanding meritorious service to Canada or to the Canadian Forces in the performance of military duties.

Contact Information

  • For information on the ceremony:
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Pierre Belanger
    613-998-9166
    marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca
    www.gg.ca
    or
    For information on the recipients:
    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    1-866-377-0811
    613-996-2353
    www.forces.gc.ca