Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 03, 2011 17:33 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Honours Exceptional Citizens From Quebec

MONTRÉAL, QÉBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2011) -

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Fourteen citizens from Quebec 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 Montréal.

"These individuals have served their country, their communities, and their comrades—and with their selfless dedication they are an inspiration to us all," said Minister Blaney. "Today, we acknowledge their efforts and their commitment to improving the lives of our Veterans. It was my pleasure to honour them today on behalf of all Canadians."

Minister Blaney presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Guy Bordeleau, Trois-Rivières Alexandre Fontaine, Montréal
Gilbert Boulanger, Sherbrooke Jean Fournier, Trois-Rivières
Bernard Brennan, Gatineau Hon. Gilles Lamontagne, Québec
Jean Cauchy, Lévis Pierre Lefebvre, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Gilles Courteau, Boucherville Mario Sévigny, Trois-Rivières
Claudette Davidson, Pincourt Jean St-Laurent, Baie-Comeau
Frederick Dawson, Rosemère Alain Stanké, Montréal

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 14 recipients, on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site 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