Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

February 14, 2011 11:58 ET

Windsor Mold Group-Precision Plastics Honoured by Military for Support to Reservists

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) -

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The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) honoured Windsor Mold Group-Precision Plastics during a ceremony in Toronto at the Canadian Forces College (CFC). Mr. Keith Henry, President of Windsor Mold Group-Precision Plastics was presented with the CFLC Provincial Award for Best Practices in Employer Support in Industry. "I'm deeply honoured to receive this award" said Mr. Henry. "We're proud of our reservists and the work they do for our country" he said.

Mrs. Sonja Bata, CFLC Provincial Chair, presided over the awards ceremony at the Armour Heights Officers Mess at CFC. The ceremony was attended by 75 guests from military and civilian walks of life, as well as numerous VIPs, including Brigadier-General Fred Lewis, Commander, Joint Task Force Central - Land Force Central Area.

Seven other organizations were recognized, including Air Canada for Support to Domestic Operations; The Credit Valley Hospital, for Best Practices in Employer Support by a Government Employer; H&R Developments, in Downsview, for Best Practices in Employer Support in Business and Retail; Ledroit Beckett Litigation Lawyers, in London, for Best Practices in Employer Support by a Small Organization; The Ottawa Police Service, for Support to International Operations; Toronto EMS, for Best Practices in Employer Support by Emergency Services; and the University of Western Ontario, for Best Practices in Employer Support by an Educational Institution. Air Canada and the University of Western Ontario have also been nominated for special CFLC national awards, to be presented in Ottawa in June 2011.

"Support from employers and educators, in the form of military leaves of absence as well as military leave policies, are essential for Canadian Forces Reservists," said Lieutenant-Colonel Jenny Newton, CFLC Provincial Liaison Officer for Ontario, who is herself a reservist and a Toronto Police Service officer. "This support provides these part-time Canadian Forces members with the time needed to qualify in their specific trades, to train collectively with their peers, and to deploy on both international and domestic operations" she said. In receiving the top award for Best Practices in Employer Support in Industry, Mr. Henry said that allowing his employees the time to conduct military training and deploy on operations "is our way to 'put back in' the good things we get out of having a reservists working with us."

Support from civilian employers and educators is key to allowing CF Reservists the time needed for training and operations through leave of absence or salary top-up programs. 20% of all CF personnel serving on operations abroad are members of the primary reserve.

For more about CFLC or the Reserve Force Employer Support Program, visit www.cflc.forces.gc.ca.

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