Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 18, 2009 09:32 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Honours Exceptional Canadians

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2009) - Sixteen citizens from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec were honoured today for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented them with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Halifax.

"Every year, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation pays tribute to an exceptional group of diverse and highly committed individuals who have dedicated themselves to service and leadership for our Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "They do so with quiet dignity, without asking for anything in return-much like Canada's Veterans."

Mr. Kerr on behalf of the Minister presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Bob Bishop, Kentville, NS
Peter Boyles, Trenton, NS
John Burns, Halifax, NS
Wilf Edmond, Donkin, NS
Ronald Elliott, Annapolis Royal, NS
Ronald Griffis, Berwick, NS
Yves LaBarre, Chambly, QC
Marie McInnis, Kentville, NS
Gordon McLeod, Scotsburn, NS
John Pauls, Spaniard's Bay, NL
Lorne Perry, Dartmouth, NS
Ralph Roberts, Richmond County, NS
John Scott, (posthumous) Conception Bay South, NL
Everett Smith, New Glasgow, NS
Marie Vautour, Kingston, NS
Joseph Wareham, New Waterford, NS

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

It 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 by the public at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including citations for the sixteen recipients, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications