Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 17, 2009 16:38 ET

Provincial Awards Ceremony Recognizes Employers Who Support Canadian Forces Reservists

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - Mr. Scott Shepherd, Chair of the British Columbia Canadian Forces Liaison Council, presided over an awards ceremony organized by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) on Friday, March 6, at the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Armoury, in Vancouver. The ceremony recognized civilian employers who have been supportive of their employees who are also Reservists in the Canadian Forces.

"The ongoing support of employers such as the ones we recognize today is critical to members of Canada's Reserve Forces," said Mr. Shepherd. "This support enables Reservists to fulfill their roles by taking part in advanced training, as well as domestic and international deployments."

The following organizations received provincial awards:

- Medical Imagery Group, McKesson Provider;

- Re-invent Incorporated;

- Ladner St. Stephen's Pastoral Charge, United Church of Canada;

- Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 2000;

- Canada Border Services Agency;

- Helifor Industries; and

- Rakes and Ladders Landscaping.

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. The 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

  • Commander King Wan
    Provincial Liaison Officer
    Chief Reserves and Cadets
    Captain John Weingardt
    Public Affairs Officer