Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 30, 2007 11:15 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Salutes Outstanding Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to 19 outstanding Canadians from Ontario during a ceremony today in Ottawa. The recipients were recognized for their dedication and devotion to Canada's Veterans.

"I am proud to honour these distinguished individuals, 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:

Leonard Baxter, Cambridge
Norman Bedard, Casselman
Peter Brennan, Ottawa
Duane Daly, Kanata
Jan de Vries, Pickering
Murray Floyd, Dundas
Jack Frost, Madoc
Arthur Haley, Wiarton
Alban Hebburn, Toronto
Harold Holland, Peterborough
Warren Hyland, Massey
Jack McFarland, Hamilton
Robert Post, Brampton
Donald Pryer, Brockville
Shaun Redmond, Cornwall
Gordon Hamilton Southam, Ottawa
Robert Studholme, North Bay
Terence Wickens, Elliot Lake
John Wright, North York

"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 freedoms we enjoy today."

The Minister of Veterans Affairs 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.

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 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