Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

July 06, 2011 13:32 ET

Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announces the presentation of a Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) to Commandant Yves Minjollet, of the French Air Force. On behalf of the Governor General, Mr. Marc Lortie, Canadian Ambassador to France, presented the insignia to Commandant Minjollet during a ceremony at the Ambassador's official residence, on June 29, 2011.

Commandant Yves Minjollet, M.S.M. (French Air Force)

Paris, France

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Commandant Minjollet has made a remarkable contribution to fostering a closer collaboration between Canada and France in the field of honours. Between 2003 and 2008, his expertise in military and civilian honours and recognition greatly influenced and contributed to the development of a Canadian military recognition policy. The professionalism, initiative and leadership demonstrated by Commandant Minjollet with regards to honours have contributed to a strong working relationship between Canada and France, and are worthy of the highest praise.

For additional information on the Meritorious Service Decorations, please see the attached backgrounder.

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MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS BACKGROUNDER

The Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civil division, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military division recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and for bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. The civil division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activity that brought honour to the community or to Canada.

The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.

The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

These decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes excellence. Meritorious Service Decorations honour either a single achievement or an activity over a specified period. The Meritorious Service Decorations are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians.

Anyone may nominate an individual for the civil division of the Meritorious Service Decorations, while military candidates are recommended by the chief of the Defence Staff. Nominations and awards may be made posthumously, but nominations for activities that occurred prior to June 1984, the year in which the honour was first created, are not accepted.

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