Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

January 18, 2012 14:51 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Honours Exceptional Citizens From Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2012) -

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Thirteen citizens from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba 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 Calgary.

"Canadians share a common admiration and respect for Canada's Veterans. They are the ties that bind the citizens of this great country together," stated Minister Blaney. "Regardless of the time or the place they served, our Veterans have stood up for the values that define us as Canadians: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. I am pleased to recognize the efforts of those who ensure that the contributions of our Veterans are acknowledged."

The Minister presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Ronald Anderson, Winnipeg, MB Patrick Morgan, Calgary, AB
Barry Burns, Winnipeg, MB Gerald Morrison, Cochrane, AB
Michael Detheridge, Calgary, AB Raymond Sawchuk, Winnipeg, MB
Bruce Henwood, Calgary, AB Karen Storwick, Calgary, AB
Dale Lamoureux, Grand Marais, MB Gerald Tait, Saskatoon, SK
Alvin MacFarlane, Calgary, AB Audrey Wiberg, Saskatoon, SK
Jasmine McGuin, Prince Albert, SK

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