Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 20, 2006 12:00 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Salutes Outstanding Canadians

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 20, 2006) - Minister Greg Thompson presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to four outstanding Canadians from Saskatchewan for their dedication and devotion to Canada's Veterans during a ceremony in Saskatoon today.

"I would like to personally thank our recipients today for your selfless service to others, your enthusiasm and your commitment to the cause of remembrance. Your actions exemplify the highest ideals of duty, service and sacrifice," said Minister Thompson.

The commendation was presented to the following Canadians:

Howard Epoch (posthumous) and Marcella Epoch of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Wilfred Leach of Nipawin, Saskatchewan

John McKay of Dundurn, Saskatchewan

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 rare circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation consists of a bar, which can be worn above or below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate. More information, including an image of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at Citations for the four recipients are available upon request.

Contact Information

  • Media Enquiries: Veterans Affairs Canada
    Pamela Price
    Media Relations Advisor
    (902) 368-0294
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Special Assistant - Communications
    (613) 996-4649