Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 10, 2012 11:43 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Honours Exceptional Citizens From Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2012) -

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Fifteen citizens from Atlantic Canada 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 at a morning ceremony in Halifax.

"Today, our Government is proud to recognize a number of outstanding individuals who devote their lives to honouring the sacrifices and contributions of our nation's heroes," said Minister Blaney. "These are men and women who, through their selfless dedication, have had a positive impact on the lives of Veterans and in celebrating the incredible achievements of our Veterans.

The Minister presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Donald Boudreau, Kingston, NS
Lois Brown, Kensington, PE
Jacques Dussault, Dartmouth, NS
Sheila Evans (Posthumous)
East Lawrencetown, NS
Norman Gaillard, Quispamsis, NB
David Geddes, Kingston, NS
Barbara Grimster, Cornwall, PE
Margaret Guildford, Glen Margaret, NS
Wilfred LeBlanc, Fredericton, NB
Michael Martin, Corner Brook, NL
Cecil Shaw, Simonds, NB
Hedley Smith, Corner Brook, NL
James Stanton, Labrador City, NL
Allan Symonds, Dartmouth, NS
Heather Wright, Rothesay, NB

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation includes a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a recipient'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