Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 17, 2009 16:31 ET

Provincial Awards Ceremony Recognizes Employers Who Support Canadian Forces Reservists

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - Mrs. Sonja Bata, Ontario Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC), presided over an awards ceremony organized by the CFLC Friday, March 6, at the Armour Heights Officers Mess, Canadian Forces College, in Toronto. The ceremony recognized civilian employers who have shown support toward employees who are also Reservists in the Canadian Forces (CF).

Also in attendance were Brigadier General John Collin, Commander Land Force Central Area, and Ms. Valerie Keyes, Executive Director, CFLC.

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

The following organizations received provincial awards:

- the Anglican Parish of Grace and St. George's Churches;

- Canadian Air Transport Security Authority;

- the City of Kitchener, Fire Services;

- Colt Canada, Kitchener;

- General Dynamics Canada Limited;

- the Ontario Ministry of Transportation;

- SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc.;

- the Toronto District School Board;

- Wal-Mart Canada;

- the Windsor Police Service; and

- Windsor Regional Hospital.

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

  • Lieutenant Colonel Rick Bialachowski
    Provincial Liaison Officer
    Chief Reserves and Cadets
    Captain John Weingardt
    Public Affairs Officer
    CFLC Secretariat