Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 31, 2011 15:12 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney Honours Exceptional Citizens From Atlantic Canada and Ontario

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2011) -

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Fourteen citizens from Atlantic Canada and one from Ontario were honoured today for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented these individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Charlottetown.

"These individuals have made a real and lasting difference with their service and dedication to our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "On behalf of all Canadians, I am proud to acknowledge their extraordinary efforts in helping to provide the care and recognition our Veterans and their families deserve. Today we recognize their hard work and honour them."

The Minister presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Sidney Butler, St. John's, NL Ray Kokkonen, Trout Brook, NB
Winston Childs, Pasadena, NL Robert and Lisabeth MacFarlane, Wakefield, NB
Robert Cochran, Kingston, NB Reginald Noonan, Borden-Carleton, PE
Calvin Crane, Spaniard's Bay, NL Donald Roach, Moncton, NB
Alan Curtis, Alberton, PE Dave Sopha, Cambridge, ON
Russell Gallant, Tignish, PE Frederick Wicks, Conception Bay South, NL
Allan Glass, Charlottetown, PE
William Haynes (Posthumous), Woodstock, NB

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation includes a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, as well as 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 at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

Find more information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including the accomplishments and biographies of the 15 recipients, on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs