Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 16, 2007 10:00 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Salutes Outstanding Canada

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to nine outstanding Atlantic Canadians today during a ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The recipients were recognized for their dedication and devotion to Canada's Veterans.

"I am proud to honour these distinguished individuals today, all of whom have contributed so selflessly to keeping alive the sacred memory of Canada's Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "Through their generosity, devotion and dedication, they have made an outstanding contribution to improving the lives of our Veterans and their families."

The Commendation was presented to the following Canadians:

Levite Paradis, Saint John, New Brunswick

Donald Robart, Temperance Vale, New Brunswick

Ray Boutilier, Hackett's Cove, Nova Scotia

Fred Richardson, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

George Thorne, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Thomas White, New Victoria, Nova Scotia

Dorothy Jean Gogan, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Betty MacLachlan, Stratford, Prince Edward Island

The Commendation was presented posthumously to the family of Mr. William Lundrigan, (Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador).

"These recipients are remarkable role models who help to inspire their fellow Canadians to fully appreciate the legacy of our Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "We owe our Veterans a great debt for the peace and freedom we enjoy today."

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 rare circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans.

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.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including citations for the nine 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