Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 18, 2011 15:04 ET

Ontario Employers Honoured by Military for Support to the Reserve Force

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) recognized eight organizations, including local businesses and an educational institution, with awards for their support to Canada's Reserve Force, in a ceremony at the Armour Heights Officers Mess, on February 11, 2011.

Mrs. Sonja Bata, CFLC Provincial Chair, who presided over the ceremony, noted "the co-operation that Reservists have had to date from employers and educators in Ontario has been outstanding. We appreciate each and every Statement of Support that we receive from companies and organizations like those here today."

Organized by CFLC, the ceremony was attended by 75 military and civilian guests, as well as numerous VIPs, including Brigadier-General Fred Lewis, Commander, Joint Task Force Central - Land Force Central Area. "Today, more than ever, Reservists are being asked to serve on operational missions at home or abroad," said Brigadier-General Lewis. "Half our soldiers, sailors, airmen and air women in Ontario are Reservists. A third of them have served on overseas operations, and they are a seasoned bunch."

Employers & educators receiving awards included:

  • Air Canada;
  • The Credit Valley Hospital;
  • H&R Developments;
  • Ledroit Beckett Litigation Lawyers;
  • The Ottawa Police Service;
  • Toronto EMS;
  • Windsor Mold Group;
  • Precision Plastics; and
  • The University of Western Ontario.

"Support from employers and educators, in the form of military leaves of absence, are essential for Canadian Forces Reservists," said Lieutenant-Colonel Jenny Newton, CFLC Provincial Liaison Officer for Ontario, herself a Reservist and a police officer in her civilian career.

The CFLC mandate is to enhance the availability of Reservists for their military duties by obtaining the support and co-operation of organization leaders in Canada. The Council encourages civilian employers and educational institutions to grant Reservists time off on a voluntary basis, without penalty, to allow them to participate in their military activities, duties and training.

For more about CFLC or the Reserve Force Employer Support Program, visit www.cflc.forces.gc.ca.

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