Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 13, 2011 12:12 ET

Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams Honours Exceptional Citizens from Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2011) - Twelve citizens from Nova Scotia were honoured today for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented these individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Halifax.

"These twelve individuals are making a real and lasting difference with their service and dedication to our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "On behalf of all Canadians, I am proud to be able to acknowledge their extraordinary efforts in helping to provide the care and recognition our Veterans and their families deserve. Today we recognize their hard work and honour them."

The Parliamentary Secretary presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Robert Barrett, Dartmouth Barry Keeler, Halifax
Thomas Cane, Dartmouth Cordell Levy, Kingston
Russell Farrell, Halifax Theodorus Martens, St. Peter's
Harry Ferguson, New Glasgow Donald McLeod, Bedford
John Gaetan, Scotchtown Tremaine Sampson, Florence
Richard Halliday, East Clifford Gerald Sigrist, Bridgewater

"It is an honour to be here today to pay tribute to these exceptional individuals who have contributed so much in service to our Veterans," said Ms. Adams. "Our Government is proud to recognize these Canadians who volunteer their time and efforts to give back to our Veterans."

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 12 recipients, on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

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