Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 30, 2006 15:16 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Salutes Outstanding Canadians

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to nine outstanding Canadians today during a ceremony at the Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel. 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:

Terrance Bobbitt (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

John Burke (Truro, Nova Scotia)

John C. Ford (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador)

Greg Gallant (Cornwall, Prince Edward Island)

James Kennedy (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador)

Charles Murphy (Westville, Nova Scotia)

James Shields (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador)

Joseph G. Sparrow (Glace Bay, Nova Scotia)

Leslie White (Grand Falls-Windsor, 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 above or below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate. Citations for the nine recipients are available upon request.

More information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation 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
    Special Assistant - Communications