Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 12, 2008 10:16 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Honours Eight Outstanding Canadians

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND ANDS LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2008) - Eight citizens from Newfoundland and Labrador were honoured today for their commitment and devotion to Veterans.

"These individuals have served their country; they have served their communities; they have served their comrades-and with their service they have honoured us all," said the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "It is my pleasure to honour them on behalf of all Canadians."

During a ceremony in St. John's, the Commendation was presented to the following individuals:

Fred Alteen, Corner Brook Eileen Powell, Corner Brook
Raymond Cole, Grand Falls-Windsor Joyce Samms, Port aux Basques
James Molloy, Grand Falls-Windsor William Titford, Spaniard's Bay
Donald Newell, St. John's Frank Wall, St. John's (posthumous)

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.

The Commendation 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 eight 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