Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 12, 2011 12:16 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Honours Peacekeeping Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - Two local peacekeeping Veterans were honoured today for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented Mr. Barry Helman and Mr. Wayne Mac Culloch with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during an informal ceremony in Ottawa.

"These two 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 honour them in recognition of their hard work and selfless commitment."

Mr. Helman is a Veteran of the Korean War and a retired Canadian Forces Veteran. Since retiring from military service, Mr. Helman has been an active member of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping and is the immediate past president of the Ottawa Chapter, a position he held for six years. Mr. Helman's chapter has helped to raise thousands of dollars to assist Veterans residing in the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre.

Mr. Wayne Mac Culloch is a retired member of the Canadian Forces. Since 2004, Mr. Mac Culloch has volunteered his time and talent to help deliver the "Peace Module" at the Historica Dominion Institute's Encounters with Canada program. The "Peace Module," an initiative offered in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, explores the nature of peace and freedom over the years, culminating in a special candlelight tribute to remember those who have given their lives in service to their country. To date, Mr. Mac Culloch has delivered approximately 130 sessions, reaching 15,000 youth from every province and territory. Mr. Mac Culloch is the current President of the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping.

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 a selection committee.

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

Contact Information

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