Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 16, 2009 13:00 ET

Provincial Awards Ceremony Recognizes Employers Who Support Canadian Forces Reservists

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - The Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, presided over an awards ceremony organized by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) on Thursday, March 5, at the HMCS Queen Charlotte, in Charlottetown. The ceremony recognized civilian employers who have shown support toward employees who are also Reservists in the Canadian Forces (CF).

"As Reserve Force military service is voluntary, Canada has relied upon the goodwill of companies and organizations that employ Reservists to give them time off for military service when it is required," said Lieutenant Governor Hagerman. "The level of co-operation from employers across Canada has been sterling."

Also in attendance was Commodore Viateur Tremblay, Director General Reserves and Cadets, from National Defence Headquarters.

"It is a pleasure to recognize the important contributions of these employers," said Commodore Tremblay. "Their generous support of Canadian Forces Reservists contributes significantly to the defence of Canada."

The following organizations received provincial awards:

- Federal Express Canada, Ltd.;

- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; and

- Island Emergency Medical Services Inc.

The CFLC is a group of civilian business leaders and educators who volunteer their time and effort to promote the primary Reserve Force - Canada's part-time military - by highlighting the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to the civilian workplace.

The mandate of the CFLC is to enhance the availability of Reservists for military duty by obtaining the support and co-operation of organization leaders in Canada. CFLC's vision is that all organization leaders in Canada actively support Reservists.

Official awards ceremonies are one means of recognizing supportive employers, who are nominated by individual Reservist employees. These awards enable the mission of the CFLC: To educate organization leaders on the CF Reserves and encourage them to support training and operations with minimal impact on the Reservist.

Further details about CFLC or the Reserve Force Employer Support Program can be found on the Internet at

Contact Information

  • CFLC Prince Edward Island
    Lieutenant Colonel Aidan Sheridan
    Provincial Liaison Officer
    Chief Reserves and Cadets
    Captain John Weingardt
    Public Affairs Officer
    CFLC Secretariat