Canadian Navy

Canadian Navy
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Department of National Defence

October 25, 2010 16:21 ET

Navy Welcomes Ms. Valerie Dion as the Newest Honorary Naval Captain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - The Canadian Navy is proud to welcome Ms.Valerie Dion as its newest Honorary Captain(Navy), as announced by Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Chief of the Maritime Staff.

Captain (Navy) Dion was the President of Rendez-Vous naval de Québec 2010 and received one of 75 copies of a medallion commemorating the Canadian Navy centennial in appreciation for her dedication to the organization of the event. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Caisse Desjardins de Sillery-Saint-Louis-de-France and member of the Board of Directors of Desjardins International Development

"I am thrilled to join the ranks as an Honorary Captain (Navy) in the Canadian Navy," says Ms. Dion. "I look forward to fostering relations between the navy and the community."

Honorary Naval Captains act as a bridge between military and civilian communities, who represent diverse areas of Canadian society from politics and business to journalism and the arts. They bring with them unique skills and connections that help to strengthen the navy's ties to Canadian communities and to promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues.

Honorary Naval Captains are quite visible, attending significant naval, Canadian Forces and public events and ceremonies in uniform across the country. They are appointed by the Minister of National Defence after receiving recommendations from the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Chief of the Maritime Staff. These appointments are generally for a period of three years, although extensions may be granted.

Note to the Editor: For more information on the Canadian Navy, please visit the Navy website at: www.navy.forces.gc.ca

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