Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

January 17, 2012 14:11 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Honours Exceptional Citizens From British Columbia

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2012) -

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Thirteen citizens from British Columbia were honoured today for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented these individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Richmond.

"These individuals have made a real and lasting difference with their service and dedication to our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "On behalf of all Canadians, I am proud to acknowledge their extraordinary efforts in helping to provide the care and recognition our Veterans and their families deserve. Today we recognize their hard work and selfless commitment."

The Minister presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

John Bishop, Cobble Hill Kelly Kwong, Burnaby
Velma Emberly, Victoria Bob Maley, North Vancouver
Barbara Fosdick, Victoria Robert Morrison, Vancouver
Earle Fraser, Surrey Syd Pratt, Kelowna
Jack Frazer, Salt Spring Island Gerard Ratchford, Esquimalt
Sandi Greenfield, Vancouver William Whalen, Pitt Meadows
Roy Kawamoto, Kelowna

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.

The Commendation 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 at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

Find more information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including the accomplishments and biographies of the recipients, at

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs