Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 22, 2008 14:49 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Honours Citizens in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories

RICHMOND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Nineteen citizens of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories were honoured today for their commitment and devotion to Veterans. The Honourable Greg Thompson presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Vancouver.

"It is a privilege to be in the company of these distinguished individuals. They served their country with courage, and they continue to serve their communities and their comrades with the care and respect they so rightly deserve," said Minister Thompson. "With their service they have honoured us all."

Minister Thompson presented the Commendation to the following Canadians:

From British Columbia
George Boatman, Salmon Arm
Michael Cook, Surrey
Bruce Ferguson, Sooke
Thomas Finn, Surrey
Raymond Glover, Delta
Joanne Henderson, Surrey
Arthur Hughes, Vancouver
Linda Jones, Burnaby
Gordon Marsh, Kamloops
Robert Maxwell, Peachland
Douglas Munro, Victoria
Victor Nordquist, Port Coquitlam
Josephine Selkirk, Prince George
James Sidel, Victoria
Elizabeth Spry, Victoria
William Thompson, Charlie Lake
Gerry Vowles, Vancouver

From the Northwest Territories
Douglas Miller, Yellowknife
Bishop John Sperry, Yellowknife

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation consists of a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, a lapel pin for civilian wear, and a certificate.

It is presented to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily for Veterans, but in some circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted by the public at any time and are reviewed annually by an Advisory Committee.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including citations for the 19 recipients, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications