Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 02, 2013 11:33 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Present 30 Honours at the Citadelle of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present honours to 30 recipients at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec, on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 2 p.m.

The Governor General will present the following honours:

  • ten Decorations for Bravery;
  • two Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division);
  • seventeen Governor General's Caring Canadian Awards; and
  • one Governor General's Northern Medal

The ceremony's schedule, fact sheets on each of the honours being presented, and the list of recipients are attached. For more information on the Canadian Honours System, please visit our website at

Media covering the ceremony must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office the day before the event. They will have to show their accreditation at the Citadelle gate, and access the Ballroom through the administration door.

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

1:15 p.m.: Media arrive at the Citadelle
2 p.m.: Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the honours
2:45 p.m.: Ceremony ends
3 p.m.: Interview with recipients


Created in 1972, the Canadian Bravery Decorations express symbolically the nation's gratitude to those people who risk their lives to save or protect others, defying in the process the instinct for self-preservation. As no two incidents in which bravery is exhibited are the same in all respects and all such incidents are conditioned by the circumstances under which they are performed, the three decorations were created to reflect the hazards encountered in widely differing situations:

The Cross of Valour (C.V.) recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.

The Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.

The Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

All three decorations may be awarded posthumously.



Stéphanie Labbé, S.C. (posthumous) Deschambault, Que.


Benoit Bourbonnais, M.B. Saint-Hubert, Que.
James Arthur Parker, M.B. Saint-Hubert, Que.
Bertrand Carle, M.B. Trois-Rivières, Que.
André Fauchon, M.B. Saint-Camille-de-Lellis, Que.
Philippe Jacques-Bélair, M.B. Montréal, Que.
Cindy Levasseur, M.B. Sainte-Sophie, Que.
Guy Liboiron, M.B. Laval, Que.
Samuel Rainville, M.B. Lac Beauport, Que.
Robert Spencer, M.B. Hudson, Que.


Stéphanie Labbé, S.C. (posthumous)
Deschambault, Quebec
Star of Courage
On February 25, 2011, 14-year-old Stéphanie Labbé lost her life while trying to rescue her two-year-old sister from their burning house, in Deschambault, Quebec. After noticing flames on the main floor, their mother yelled at her five children to run outside. Stéphanie rushed to get her little sister, who was sleeping in an upstairs room. She wrapped the toddler in a blanket and ran to a window, where her family outside yelled at her to jump. Fearing that the fall would harm the child, Stéphanie made her way down the smoke-filled staircase. Tragically, they did not make it outside and neither of the girls survived. Stéphanie showed great courage in trying to save her little sister.
The decoration awarded to the late Miss Labbé will be received by her parents, Mr. Jean-Claude Labbé and Ms. Hélène Bélanger.
Benoit Bourbonnais, M.B.
Saint-Hubert, Quebec
James Arthur Parker, M.B.
Saint-Hubert, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On May 15, 2011, Benoit Bourbonnais and off-duty firefighter James Parker rescued a man from a burning apartment, in Longueuil, Quebec. Mr. Parker had been driving by when he noticed smoke coming from a second-floor window of the building. He yelled at the main floor residents to get out before running up the outside staircase to the burning apartment. He opened the door and crawled beneath the thick, black smoke. He located the tenant in one of the rooms and brought him outside. Braving the fire and smoke, Mr. Parker went back inside to search for other victims and, finding no one, made his way back out. He bumped into Mr. Bourbonnais who, despite the wall of smoke, had also entered when he saw the tenant run back inside. Mr. Bourbonnais grabbed the resisting man and, with Mr. Parker's help, pulled him outside.
Bertrand Carle, M.B.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On October 29, 2010, Bertrand Carle confronted an armed man who was wandering through a school, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Mr. Carle noticed the individual enter the hallway, holding two broken broomstick handles in a threatening manner. Mr. Carle told others to alert the police, then ran ahead to warn teachers to lock their doors. Trying to calm the man down, Mr. Carle convinced him to surrender the sticks. When he reached to take them, he got pricked by two syringes which had been concealed in the man's hands. At that point, police arrived and took the suspect into custody, while Mr. Carle saw to his wounds.
André Fauchon, M.B.
Saint-Camille-de-Lellis, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On December 31, 2010, André Fauchon rescued a man from a burning vehicle, on route 204, in Saint-Camille-de-Lellis, Quebec. Mr. Fauchon stopped at the scene of an accident involving two vehicles and rushed to help. Unable to assist anyone in the first vehicle, which was completely engulfed in flames, Mr. Fauchon ran to the second one but could not open the damaged driver's side door. He went to the passenger side as the smoke completely filled the vehicle. Holding his breath, Mr. Fauchon partially entered the vehicle through the window, grabbed the victim under the arms, and pulled him out. With another man's help, Mr. Fauchon brought the victim to a safer location.
Philippe Jacques-Bélair, M.B.
Montréal, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On April 8, 2011, Philippe Jacques-Bélair pulled three people from a pond, in Parc de la Visitation, in Montréal, Quebec. Mr. Jacques-Bélair was in the park when someone informed him that a woman had walked into the pond, pulling a child in with her. Mr. Jacques-Bélair ran to the pond and saw the victims floating a good distance away. Wading into the very cold water, he grabbed the woman and the child and brought them to the riverbank. He went back to retrieve what appeared to be a bundle of clothing that was floating nearby. To his surprise, he discovered that it was an unconscious baby, whom he quickly brought back to shore. The baby was eventually revived, but the mother and older child did not survive.
Cindy Levasseur, M.B.
Sainte-Sophie, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On May 21, 2011, Cindy Levasseur rescued her stepson from a possible drowning in the rapids, in Rawdon, Quebec. The boy had been at the edge of the river when he was suddenly swept up by the strong current. With no thought for her own safety, Ms. Levasseur swam out to him and pulled him to the surface. Although exhausted, cut and bruised, she held onto him as they were swept down several levels of cascades and whirlpools. At the lower level of the rapids, still holding onto the boy, she clung to a large rock, unable to move due to her injuries. Her husband then arrived and brought them safely to shore.
Guy Liboiron, M.B.
Laval, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On February 17, 2011, Guy Liboiron intervened to prevent a disturbed patient from harming others in a hospital, in Montréal, Quebec. Mr. Liboiron and another orderly had been chasing the escaping suspect down the halls of the hospital. At one point, the agitated man stopped running and pointed a pen-like object at them. The individual was about to press a button on the side of the object, when Mr. Liboiron, without any thought to the danger, ran to him and pushed the man's arm upwards. A .22 calibre bullet shot out of the pen gun and lodged in the ceiling. With his colleague's help, Mr. Liboiron held the man to the ground until security staff arrived.
Samuel Rainville, M.B.
Lac Beaupport, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On July 28, 2010, Samuel Rainville rescued a fellow student from a possible drowning during a school humanitarian visit to Guatemala. The students had gone for a swim in the Pacific Ocean but soon found that they were too far from shore. As they struggled to get to shallower water, one of the girls called out for help. Without thought for his own safety, Mr. Rainville battled against the violent waves to reach her. He grabbed the exhausted victim and, for many metres, unable to touch the bottom, held onto her tightly as he fought to bring her to safety. Once on the beach they collapsed in the sand. Somehow, Mr. Rainville found the strength to help another student get to shore. Sadly, another girl drowned during this incident.
Robert Spencer, M.B.
Hudson, Quebec
Medal of Bravery
On March 19, 2011, Robert Spencer rescued a man from a possible drowning, in Vaudreuil, Quebec. The victim had ventured out onto snow-covered ice when he fell through. Unable to pull himself out, he yelled for help but the area was deserted. Mr. Spencer had just exited his vehicle in the nearby park when he saw the victim in the water. He grabbed long jumper cables from his car and ran to him. Cautiously approaching the edge of the hole, he lay down on the ice and threw one end of the cables to the victim, who grabbed onto them. Despite the weight of the man's wet clothing, and the breaking ice around them, Mr. Spencer managed to pull him out and bring him to safety.


The Meritorious Service Decorations were created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to recognize individuals who have made outstanding achievements over a limited period of time. The Meritorious Service Cross, which was the first Meritorious Service Decoration, was created for the military in 1984. In 1991, a Meritorious Service Medal was added to the military division.

The Meritorious Service Cross - Military Division (M.S.C.) recognizes a military deed or a military activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

The Meritorious Service Medal - Military Division (M.S.M.) recognizes a military deed or military activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.


Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Pierre François Nicolas Bertrand, M.S.M., C.D. Québec, Que.
Lieutenant-Colonel Maxime Talbot, M.S.M., Montréal, Que.


Major Pierre François Nicolas Bertrand, M.S.M., C.D.
Québec, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal
As the National Military Representative's key operations staff officer, Major Bertrand provided vital and timely strategic analyses and information, from April 2011 to March 2012, which had a direct impact on Canadian decisions with respect to the deployment schedule and locations, as well as on force contribution levels. Major Bertrand's interactions with his NATO colleagues, and his rapid and effective communications with the Strategic Joint Staff were significant factors in the success of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR and Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.
Lieutenant-Colonel Maxime Talbot, M.S.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal
Between 2006 to 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Talbot made an impressive contribution to the delivery of medical care in Afghanistan. Serving over 400 days as an orthopedic surgeon at the Kandahar Role 3 hospital, he provided exceptional care and worked tirelessly to improve Afghan medical capacity through his mentorship and acquisition of equipment. He has held key leadership positions within the military medical community in Canada, and his experience and expertise have vastly influenced combat medical training. Lieutenant-Colonel Talbot's leadership, skill and dedication helped save countless lives.


Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character.


Jean-Pierre Albert Chandler, Que.
Tom Allen Sherbrooke, Que.
Jean-Claude Chouinard Saint-Arsène, Que.
Raymond Dickner Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
Philip Doddridge New Richmond, Que.
Aline Dumont Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
Roland Gagné Saint-Hubert, Que.
Michel Gallant St-Anaclet-de-Lessard, Que.
Georgeline Gauvin Lamèque, N.B.
Stéphane Girard Québec, Que.
Arthur Haché Bertrand, N.B.
Patrick Edward King Miramichi, N.B.
Tom Quinn Beaconsfield, Que.
William (Willie) Racine Lévis, Que.
Marielle Raymond Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
Betty Savoie Lamèque, N.B.
Normand Thisdel Trois-Rivières, Que.


Jean-Pierre Albert
Chandler, Quebec
For over 20 years, Jean-Pierre Albert has volunteered with the disadvantaged, the marginalized and those living with mental illness. As a teacher, he played a significant role in helping to develop the Centre Émilie-Gamelin and has continued to volunteer there since his retirement. His dedication led him to obtain training in psychiatry, crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
Tom Allen
Sherbrooke, Quebec
Long engaged in his community, Tom Allen is particularly well known for his passion for sport and education. With an established track record in college and university athletics, he was most recently chosen by his peers to chair the board of directors and executive committee of the Canada Summer Games-Sherbrooke 2013. It is a credit to Mr. Allen's enthusiasm and leadership that these Games were such a tremendous success.
Jean-Claude Chouinard
Saint-Arsène, Quebec
Active in his professional life and his community, Jean-Claude Chouinard devotes himself to causes that are dear to his heart. The owner of a construction company, he volunteered on the renovation of the local church, sacristy and cemetery. He regularly participates in city council meetings and is involved with the Saint-Arsène Club de l'âge d'or. He also helped to re-launch the Saint-Arsène Club des 50 ans et plus.
Raymond Dickner
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Raymond Dickner has been serving the Christian community of Rivière-du-Loup for over 15 years. As assistant to the priest at Église Saint-Patrice, he leads worship services, heads the church's visual committee, and chairs the liturgy committee. While employed with Canada Post, he voluntarily served as union secretary for 25 years.
Philip Doddridge
New Richmond, Quebec
Philip Doddridge, a veteran of the Battle of Hong Kong, was instrumental in the creation of a museum to preserve the local military history of New Richmond, Quebec. Since the museum's inception, Mr. Doddridge has served as a member of the board of directors. He is also a founding member of the Hong Kong Veterans of Canada Association, and has long served his community through the Rotary Club, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army Cadets.
Aline Dumont
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Aline Dumont helped to create the Association des bénévoles du Centre hospitalier régional du Grand-Portage. Since 1995, she has served as president, activity coordinator and volunteer trainer. She gives generously of her time and has initiated numerous projects within her community.
Roland Gagné
Saint-Hubert, Quebec
Over the past 50 years, Roland Gagné has devoted his time, energy and enthusiasm to the well-being of his fellow citizens in Saint-Hubert and Longueuil. He has volunteered with Escadre 338 of the Canadian Armed Forces, where he is the second vice-chair of the board. He volunteers for the Société de généalogie de Longueuil and, in 1970, founded La Petite Caisse de Saint-Hubert, a thrift store serving disadvantaged families from the parish of Saint-Thomas-de-Villeneuve.
Michel Gallant
St-Anaclet-de-Lessard, Quebec
Michel Gallant has dedicated more than 25 years of his life to the young people of his community. He has served as a hockey and baseball coach, and mentored at-risk youth. As a member of the Lions Club, he has helped with fundraising events, developed learning resources for children, and organized the club's Christmas basket program. Mr. Gallant is a man who emphasizes the benefits of teamwork.
Georgeline Gauvin
Lamèque, New Brunswick
Georgeline Gauvin is an active volunteer in her community. From a young age, she has raised funds for the local church, hospital, arena and schools, as well as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Arthritis Society, the Canadian Red Cross and Scouts Canada. An active member of the Women's Auxiliary and Women's Institute for over 50 years, she now lends her talents to the Club de l'âge d'or. Many people in Mrs. Gauvin's community have been touched by her generosity.
Stéphane Girard
Québec, Quebec
A career soldier, Stéphane Girard gives of his time to his community through the Centre Famille Haute-Ville in Québec, an organization that aims to improve the lives of families. Mr. Girard plays a key role within this organization through his involvement in self-financing activities and through his leadership.
Arthur Haché
Bertrand, New Brunswick
Arthur Haché, a veteran and member of the Caraquet branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, has been volunteering with the Bertrand Club de l'âge d'or for 20 years. He gives talks in schools to share his experiences and to honour the memory of soldiers lost during the Second World War.
Patrick Edward King
Miramichi, New Brunswick
Patrick King has volunteered countless hours to raise money for multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis research. He also served for many years on the board of directors of the Atlantic division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. He has been a member of the Kinsmen Club of the Miramichi for 17 years, helping to host an annual Christmas dinner for over 500 local seniors, and the annual toy drive for local children.
Tom Quinn
Beaconsfield, Quebec
Known as a passionate and tireless volunteer, Tom Quinn has been the president of the board of directors of the Canada Games Council since 2009, and a member since 2006. Under his watch, the Canada Games have become a source of inspiration for young athletes from across the country as well as a proving ground for the next generation of international competitors. Mr. Quinn is also actively involved with the Quebec Society for Disabled Children.
William (Willie) Racine
Lévis, Quebec
A World War II veteran, William Racine has been serving his community for over 45 years. He is a founding member of the Saint-Romuald Lions Club, the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Rodrigue, the Saint-Romuald library and the Foyer Chanoine Audet Inc. He is also involved with Les Rythmiques de Saint-Romuald drum and bugle corps, and the Société philatélique de Québec.
Marielle Raymond
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
For over 30 years, Marielle Raymond is involved in numerous organizations within her community. She has been a member of the Circle of the Daughters of Isabella, of the Comité inter-central pour l'avancement de la situation des femmes, and administrator of the Conseil de la protection des malades du Québec. She has distinguished herself over the years as a volunteer, administrator and second vice-chair of the Musée régional de Kamouraska.
Betty Savoie
Lamèque, New Brunswick
Betty Savoie began volunteering at the age of 10, helping her mother raise funds for the first hospital in Lamèque and assisting at the blood clinic. She was involved with the Majorettes "Les Rouges-Gorges" and with Scouts Canada, and became a dedicated hockey and figure skating coach. Ms. Savoie is still very active within the community, singing in the church choir and raising funds for the arthritis and cancer societies.
Normand Thisdel
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Normand Thisdel has always sought to be actively involved in his community. Since 1994, he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as chancellor, deputy grand knight and grand knight within the organization. In addition, he volunteers at blood drives for the Red Cross and Héma-Québec, is a member of the parish and is involved with the Francophone Cursillo Movement of Canada.


In 2005, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, then governor general of Canada, created the Governor General's Northern Medal, a medallion to be awarded annually to citizens whose actions and achievements have contributed to the evolution and constant reaffirmation of the Canadian North as part of our national identity.


Stephen Kakfwi
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Recipient of the 2012 Northern Medal
Stephen Kakfwi, a Dene from Yelta Lake, near Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, spent his childhood on the land, learning the customs of his people. After attending residential schools and studying to become a teacher, he returned to his home community to share his vision of a self-governing and self-reliant territory.
Involved in the protection of the fragile Mackenzie Valley and Beaufort Sea environment, Mr. Kakfwi entered public service, where he spent more than 16 years in Cabinet and became the first premier of the new Northwest Territories, after the creation of Nunavut.
He was instrumental in the creation of the Indigenous Survival Institute, which protects and promotes the rights of Aboriginal people to harvest local wildlife. He has also made a lasting impact by establishing the Northwest Territories Dene Cultural Institute, where Aboriginal languages, cultures and traditions are showcased and preserved for all of Canada to appreciate.
With his dedication to public service, the outspoken and inspiring Mr. Kakfwi has shown a true passion for all people of the Northwest Territories.

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