Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 22, 2013 11:17 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 61 Recipients into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Merit of the Police Forces investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, May 24, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on 1 Commander, 13 Officers and 47 Members.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. Three levels of membership with post-nominal letters reflect long-term, outstanding service: Commander (C.O.M.), Officer (O.O.M.) and Member (M.O.M.).

A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients and a backgrounder on the Order are attached.

Media interested in covering this ceremony are asked to confirm with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m. on the day of the event.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

11:00 a.m.: Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the insignia
(Commander first, followed by Officers and Members)
The RCMP Commissioner speaks
Noon: Interviews with recipients

RECIPIENTS

COMMANDER

Chief Clive L. Weighill, C.O.M. This is promotion within the Order. Saskatoon Police Service, Sask.

OFFICERS

Deputy Commissioner Craig J. Callens, O.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver, B.C.
Assistant Director Didier Deramond, O.O.M. Service de police de la ville de Montréal, Que.
Chief Jennifer Evans, O.O.M. Peel Regional Police Service, Brampton, Ont.
Inspector Michel Forget, O.O.M. Sûreté du Québec, Montréal, Que.
Dr. Anna Gray-Henschel, O.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Director Mario Harel, O.O.M. Service de police de la ville de Gatineau, Que.
Deputy Commissioner Peter Henschel, O.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Assistant Commissioner Roman Nick Lipinski, O.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, B.C.
Sergeant Charles Momy, O.O.M. Ottawa Police Service, Ont.
Deputy Chief William Francis Moore, O.O.M. Halifax Regional Police Service, N.S.
Director Shelagh Elizabeth Morris, O.O.M. Guelph Police Service, Ont.
Deputy Commissioner William Scott Tod, O.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Staff Superintendent Jane Wilcox, O.O.M. Toronto Police Service, Ont.

MEMBERS

Superintendent Brian Adams, M.O.M. Peel Regional Police Service, Brampton, Ont.
Chief Superintendent Janice Rose Armstrong, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, B.C.
Ms. Sharon Baiden, M.O.M. Greater Sudbury Police Service, Ont.
Chief Superintendent Ricky W. Barnum, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Assistant Commissioner Randall J. Beck, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver, B.C.
Chief Superintendent Brian Cantera, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, B.C.
Deputy Chief Thomas W. B. Carrique, M.O.M. York Regional Police Service, Newmarket, Ont.
Superintendent James William Carroll, M.O.M. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, St. John's, N.L.
Sergeant Michael Chicorelli, M.O.M. Victoria Police Department, B.C.
Inspector Brian F. Cookman, M.O.M. Kingston Police Service, Ont.
Sergeant George A. Couchie, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Superintendent Susanne DeCock, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Assistant Commissioner François Deschênes, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Westmount, Que.
Chief John C. Domm, M.O.M. Rama Police Service, Ont.
Staff Sergeant Cameron E. Durham, M.O.M. Toronto Police Service, Ont.
Inspector Gerard E. Francois, M.O.M. Calgary Police Service, Alta.
Staff Sergeant Pierre Gauthier, M.O.M. Ottawa Police Service, Ont.
Superintendent Ronald Thomas Girling, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Chief Superintendent James R. D. Gresham, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, B.C.
Agent Evens Guercy, M.O.M. Service de police de la ville de Montréal, Que.
Chief John Peter Hagarty, M.O.M. City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Lindsay, Ont.
Chief Constable Paul Hames, M.O.M. Central Saanich Police Service, Saanichton, B.C.
Sergeant Michael Hunter, M.O.M. North Bay Police Service, Ont.
Chief Constable Dave Jones, M.O.M. New Westminster Police Service, B.C.
Inspector William James Law, M.O.M. Canadian Pacific Police Service, Toronto, Ont.
Inspector Michael W. Leighton, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Halifax, N.S.
Chief Constable Peter A. Lepine, M.O.M. West Vancouver Police Department, B.C.
Chief Superintendent Brenda M. Lucki, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Thompson, Man.
Superintendent Kenneth MacDonald, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Aurora, Ont.
Assistant Commissioner Craig Steven MacMillan, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Inspector Dan Markiewich, M.O.M. Greater Sudbury Police Service, Ont.
Inspector Steven James Martin, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Stoney Creek, Ont.
Inspector Glen L. Motz, M.O.M. Medicine Hat Police Service, Alta.
Deputy Chief Robert Percy, M.O.M. Halton Regional Police Service, Oakville, Ont.
Inspector Lise Roussel, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Fredericton, N.B.
Chief Alfred Rudd, M.O.M. Taber Police Service, Alta.
Corporal L. Wayne Russett, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Assistant Commissioner Marianne C. Ryan, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton, Alta.
Superintendent Michael P. Shea, M.O.M. Hamilton Police Service, Ont.
Provincial Commander Mary Silverthorn, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Superintendent Eric Kenneth Slinn, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.
Staff Sergeant Brian Snyder, M.O.M. Cornwall Community Police Service, Ont.
Chief William B. Sornberger, M.O.M. Owen Sound Police Service, Ont.
Inspector Robert Arthur Stewart, M.O.M. Vancouver Police Department, B.C.
Deputy Chief Stephen Streeter, M.O.M. Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service, Ont.
Superintendent Christopher Mark Wyatt, M.O.M. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ont.
Dr. Akira Brian Yamashita, M.O.M. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.

Please note that the information in this program reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their appointment to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES FACT SHEET

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of Canadian police forces, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.

The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Principal Commander of the Order, submits recommendations for appointment to the governor general on behalf of an advisory committee. Nominations for appointment to the Order may be made by submitting the name of a member or employee of a police force to the commanding officer of that police force.

Levels and post-nominals

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign of the Order; the governor general is the chancellor and one of the Commanders of the Order. The Principal Commander is the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Commander - Post-nominals: C.O.M.

Recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility over an extended period, usually at the national or international level.

Officer - Post-nominals: O.O.M.

Recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility over an extended period, usually at the regional or provincial level.

Member - Post-nominals: M.O.M.

Recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty over an extended period, usually at the local or regional/provincial level.

Insignia Description

The badge of the Order is the same as that of the Order of Military Merit: a blue-enamelled, straight-end cross (four arms, narrow at the centre, wider at the ends) with an annulus in red, surmounted by St. Edward's Crown. The ribbon is different and consists of three equal bands of blue, gold and blue. The annulus bears the inscription MERIT.MÉRITE.CANADA.

For more information about the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, visit the Honours section of our website at www.gg.ca/honours or visit the website of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at www.cacp.ca.

Contact Information

  • For information on the Order and the ceremony:
    Marie-Pierre Belanger
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-998-9166
    marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

    For information on the recipients:
    Sara Sowieta
    Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
    613-595-1101
    sara@cacp.ca

    For information on RCMP recipients:
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    Media Relations
    613-843-5999
    www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca