Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 19, 2011 12:32 ET

The Governor General Announces 117 New Appointments to the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announced today the appointment of 117 members of the Canadian Regular and Reserve Forces to the Order of Military Merit. The appointments include six Commanders, 23 Officers and 88 Members.

The recipients will receive their insignia at an investiture ceremony, which will be held at a later date.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

The information in this press release was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the members' current rank and posting. The appointments have been in effect since September 23, 2011.

A list of recipients is attached, as well as background information on the Order of Military Merit.

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ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major-General Robert Pierre Félix Bertrand, C.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major-General Joseph Aimé Jean Yvan Blondin, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Ottawa, Ont.
Major-General Alan John Howard, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major-General Ian Charles Poulter, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Ottawa, Ont.
Major-General Joseph Marius Christian Rousseau, C.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Rear-Admiral Andrew Mark Smith, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Ottawa, Ont.

OFFICERS

Colonel Donald Kirby Abbott, O.M.M., C.D. Belleville, Ont.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Thomas Boyle, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Brigadier-General Paul Bury, O.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Colonel Jamieson Cade, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Lieutenant-Commander Luke Dolphis Charbonneau, O.M.M., C.D. Hornell Heights, Ont.
Major Marjorie Coakwell, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Captain (N) Marie Elizabeth Cyd Courchesne, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Captain (N) Joseph Pierre Gilles Couturier, O.M.M., C.D. MacDill AFB, Florida, U.S.A.
Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Allan Farris, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Major Michael Thomas Fawcett, O.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Colonel Joseph Pierre Hervé Hercule Gosselin, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Commander Stephen Edwards Irwin, O.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Colonel Omer Henry Lavoie, O.M.M., MSC, C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Colonel Gregory David Loos, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Guy Joseph Maillet, O.M.M., C.D. Richelain, Que.
Lieutenant-Colonel Telah Sybil Morrison, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Vincent Pumphrey, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Lieutenant-Colonel Darlene Olga Quinn, O.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Colonel Pierre Ruel, O.M.M., C.D. Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.
Lieutenant-Colonel Gilles Maurice Sansterre, O.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Joseph Sylvain Sirois, O.M.M., C.D. Montréal, Que.
Brigadier-General Anthony Thomas Stack, O.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Major Raymond Joseph Stockermans, O.M.M., C.D. Astra, Ont.

MEMBERS

Master Warrant Officer Jorg Karl-Albert Adler, M.M.M., C.D. Belleville, Ont.
Warrant Officer Barbara Joyce Bajema, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Wayne Alan Bartlett, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Sergeant Jeanette Esther Botari, M.M.M., C.D. Borden, Ont.
Warrant Officer Patrick Roland Bowers, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Chief Warrant Officer Haley Joseph Bransfield, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Chief Warrant Officer Bernard Joseph Jacques Caron, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Marcel Chiasson, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Claude Chouinard, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Warrant Officer Robert Joseph Clarke, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Yves François Clément, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Shearwater, N.S.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ronald Keith Crawford, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Leonard James Denning, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Warrant Officer Peter William Dingle, M.M.M., C.D. Kentville, N.S.
Captain Lorne Joseph André Doucet, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Master Warrant Officer Trent Donald Doucette, M.M.M., C.D. Astra, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Karl Richard Joseph Ellis, M.M.M., C.D. Meaford, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Harry Sui Ming Fong, M.M.M., C.D. Vancouver, B.C.
Lieutenant Wayne Denis Forster, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Lieutenant(N) Linda Anne Forward, M.M.M., C.D. Shilo, Man.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Murray Garuk, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Janet Alexandra Graham-Smith, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Corporal Glenn Joseph Gerald Gray, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Warren Hart, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Master Warrant Officer Shane Gerald Holwell, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Ovila Pierrot Jetté, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Peter Koblun, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Master Warrant Officer Serge Laforge, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.
Chief Warrant Officer Robert Denis Joseph Lamothe, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Lieutenant Horace Francis Lane, M.M.M., C.D. Gander, N.L.
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Roland Claude Lavoie, M.M.M., C.D. Richelain, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Lionel Pierre Leger, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Warrant Officer Wayne Edward Lundrigan, M.M.M., C.D. Shilo, Man.
Chief Warrant Officer Dianne Maidment, M.M.M., C.D. Borden, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Sylvain Alain Marcil, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Deborah Ann Matthews, M.M.M., C.D. Moose Jaw, Sask.
Chief Warrant Officer Robert Claude McCann, M.M.M., C.D. Belleville, Ont.
Warrant Officer Deryk James McGougan, M.M.M., C.D. Denwood, Alta.
Chief Warrant Officer Norman James McLanaghan, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Master Warrant Officer Stephen George McNabb, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Warrant Officer Patricia Mears, M.M.M., C.D. Lazo, B.C.
Captain Nathalie Marie Mercer, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Steven Vincent Merry, M.M.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Chief Warrant Officer Bradley William John Montgomery, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Major Joseph Eugène Vincent Michael Marc Moo Sang, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Sergeant Peter Moon, M.M.M., C.D. Borden, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Jean-Pierre Morin, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Thomas Moyer, M.M.M., C.D. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Chief Warrant Officer Derek John Munroe, M.M.M., C.D. Oshawa, Ont.
Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick Paul Nearing, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Warrant Officer Gordon Nichol, M.M.M., C.D. Dundurn, Sask.
Master Warrant Officer Keith Michael Olstad, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Petty Officer 1st Class Linda May Parrish, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Captain Tony Pépin, M.M.M., C.D. Astra, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Barry Keith Petten, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Master Warrant Officer Paul Joseph Pinel, M.M.M., C.D. Shilo, Man.
Chief Warrant Officer Ernest Gérard Joseph Poitras, M.M.M., C.D. Shearwater, N.S.
Petty Officer 1st Class David William Poole, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Shearwater, N.S.
Petty Officer 1st Class Dion Sandy Vagn Randell, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Captain Réjean Richard, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Ovila Mario Richard, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer William Alan Richards, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Eugène Patrick Richer, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Patrice Claude Rioux, M.M.M., C.D. Alouette, Que.
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Marcel Claude Rodrigue, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Warrant Officer Joseph Jean Dominic Roux, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Normand Éric Saint-Pierre, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Sergeant Harold Smallbones, M.M.M., C.D. Medicine Hat, Alta
Captain Leo Richard Snook, M.M.M., C.D. Oromocto, N.B.
Master Warrant Officer Sandra Marie Cecile Spragg, M.M.M., C.D. Astra, Ont.
Sergeant Karen Bernice Squires, M.M.M., C.D. St.John's, N.L.
Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Douglas Stevens, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Warrant Officer Cameron Webster Stevens, M.M.M., C.D. Montréal, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Raymond Guy St-Jean, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.
Master Warrant Officer Marie Antonia Suzie Thibault, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Robert Michael Unger, M.M.M., C.D. Montréal, Que.
Captain Jonathan Burnside Utton, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Master Warrant Officer Joseph Laurent Stéphane Vallée, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Chief Warrant Officer Chadley James Allen Wagar, M.M.M., C.D. Courcelette, Que.
Master Warrant Officer James Francis Warwick, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Christopher John Waugh, M.M.M., C.D. Shilo, Man.
Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Charles West, M.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Captain Edwin Grant Whittla, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Warrant Officer Alfred Bervyl Williston, M.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.
Warrant Officer Alan Wilson, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Douglas Wood, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.
Warrant Officer Joseph Émilien François Yargeau, M.M.M., C.D. Denwood, Alta.
Warrant Officer Troy Anthony Zuorro, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.

FACT SHEET ON THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels:

The level of Commander (post-nominal: C.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility.

The level of Officer (post-nominal: O.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.

The level of Member (post-nominal: M.M.M.) recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty.

Eligibility and Nominations

A commanding officer or a military advisory committee (for ranks of colonel and above) recommends to the chief of the Defence Staff the names of those serving members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve, they consider eligible. The chief of the Defence Staff then submits the names to the governor general for approval.

The number of appointments per year is limited to one-tenth of one per cent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. In 2009, for instance, 111 appointments were made. There are no posthumous appointments.

Recipients may be promoted within the Order. They must exchange their insignia for that which corresponds to the new level, since no member may hold more than one appointment at any time.

The Order's constitution permits members of the armed forces of another country to be appointed as honorary Commanders, Officers and Members. Appointments are made for outstanding meritorious service to Canada or to the Canadian Forces in the performance of military duties.

Contact Information

  • For information on the Order of Military Merit:
    Marie-Pierre Belanger
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-998-9166
    marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca
    www.gg.ca

    For information on the recipients
    Order of Military Merit:
    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    1-866-377-0811 or 613-996-2353
    www.forces.gc.ca