Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 18, 2006 16:00 ET

Minister Salutes Outstanding Canadians and Unveils Veterans' Week Poster

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2006) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to eleven outstanding Canadians today during a ceremony at the Government of Canada Conference Centre. The recipients were recognized for their dedication and devotion to Canada's Veterans.

"I am proud to honour these distinguished individuals today, all of whom have contributed so selflessly to keeping alive the sacred memory of Canada's Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "Your generous service to others, your enthusiasm and your commitment to the cause of remembrance exemplify the highest ideals of duty, service and sacrifice."

The Commendation was presented to the following Canadians:

Helen Bolton-Guy (Montreal, Quebec)
Lionel Bourcier (Espanola, Ontario)
Maxine Bredt (Hudson Heights, Quebec)
Glenn Brown (Peterborough, Ontario)
Pierre Bruneau (Champlain, Quebec)
John Eden (Trenton, Ontario)
Derrill Henderson (Ottawa, Ontario)
Peter Irniq (Ottawa, Ontario)
William Lilly (Petawawa, Ontario)
Paul Manson (Ottawa, Ontario)
Nancy Hamer Strahl (Courtice, Ontario)

The eleven recipients later joined the Minister in unveiling the 2006 Veterans' Week Poster which highlights the theme "Share the Story". During Veterans' Week, November 5 to 11, Canadians, especially youth, will be encouraged to learn about our Veterans, listen to their stories, share them with their peers and carry the torch of remembrance well into the future.

"These recipients have made an outstanding contribution to our country and their stories will now help inspire their fellow Canadians to fully appreciate the legacy of our Veterans and the debt owed to them for giving us the peace and freedom we enjoy today," said Minister Thompson.

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. Citations for the eleven recipients are also available upon request.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and Veterans' Week 2006 can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Pamela Price
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Special Assistant - Communications