Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 12, 2010 12:00 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Honours Exceptional Canadians from Western Canada

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2010) - Eleven citizens from western provinces and territories were honoured today for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), decorated these individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for 2010 during a ceremony in Winnipeg.

"While many might be quick to speak about the importance of volunteerism, the individuals being commended today have made it their reality," said Minister Blackburn. "This is truly what makes them special … their willingness to act and help."

Minister Blackburn presented the Commendation to the following recipients:

Janet Bennett, Saskatoon, SK
Arnold Mottershead, Edmonton, AB
Gilles Grossinger, Whitehorse, YT
Ernest Mulcahy, Winnipeg, MB
Fiona Jasper, Cochrane, AB
George Pambrun, Okotoks, AB
Bertrand Lafond, Moose Jaw, SK
Clifford Tessier, Winnipeg, MB
Philip McKerry, Evansburg, AB
Loralea Wark, Yellowknife, NT
Robert McPherson, Calgary AB

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation includes a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, as well as 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 the accomplishments and biographies of the 11 recipients, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Jitka Licenik
    Acting Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252