Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 27, 2011 14:25 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Honours Exceptional Canadians From Ontario

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 27, 2011) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the Canadian Press picture wire via Marketwire.

Nineteen citizens from Ontario were honoured today for their exemplary contribution to the care and well-being of Veterans and their remembrance of the sacrifices and achievements of our Veterans. The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, decorated these individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Mississauga.

"After serving, many of Canada's Veterans have continued to provide outstanding service to their country, their communities and their fellow Veterans. They have truly been nation builders and have earned our undying respect and gratitude," said Minister Blaney. "It is equally gratifying to see other Canadians volunteer their time and efforts to give back to our Veterans. Today, we recognize their hard work and honour them."

Minister Blaney presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Ted Barris, Uxbridge Evelyn Kelly, Toronto
Donald Cameron, Etobicoke Donald Kerr, Port Perry
Paul Cane, Drayton George MacDonell, Toronto
Richard Carriere, Cobourg Alan MacGregor, Courtice
Kristin Courtney, Oakville George McKiel, Toronto
Douglas Finney, Oshawa Jack Myers, Wawa
Stanley Hicks, Dundas William (Bill) Siddall, Wheatley
Paul Hooper, London Fernand Taillefer, Barrie
Wayne Johnston, Whitby Allan Williams, Oshawa
HooJung Jones, Ancaster

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 intended primarily for Veterans, but in some circumstances it may also be awarded to non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including the accomplishments and biographies of the 19 recipients, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

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Contact Information

  • Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs