Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 03, 2011 16:42 ET

Yellowknife Fire Department Honoured for Support to Canada's Reserve Force

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) recognized the Yellowknife Fire Department with its Territorial Award of Excellence for Support to Canada's Reserve Force at a ceremony at Yellowknife City Hall on March 2, 2011.

Private Deiter Andre, a Reservist with C Company (The Yellowknife Company) of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment and a member of the Yellowknife Fire Department, nominated his fire department for the award.

"I am always impressed with the leadership displayed in companies that support their personnel in balancing their military commitments," said Mr. Kevin McLeod, CFLC Territorial Chair, who presided over the award ceremony. "This award recognizes the outstanding leadership of Darcy Hernblad, Yellowknife's Fire Chief, in that effort."

Private Deiter Andre's Reserve infantry unit, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, expanded into Yellowknife in August 2009 as part of the Government of Canada's Northern Strategy to enhance northern sovereignty. It represents the only permanent Army Reserve organization north of 60.

"The support of employers is key to the continued growth and success of the Yellowknife Company," said Captain Conrad Schubert, Officer Commanding C Company. 

The CFLC is a group of more than 200 Canada-wide senior business executives and educational leaders, a full-time secretariat and a national network of Reserve officers. The civilians volunteer their time and efforts to promote the primary Reserve Force by highlighting the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to the civilian workplace. They also support individual Reservists as well as Reserve units in matters related to employer support. The Council's mandate is to enhance the availability of Reservists for their military duties by obtaining the support and co-operation of organization leaders in Canada.

The Council encourages civilian employers and educational institutions to grant Reservists time off on a voluntary basis, without penalty, to allow them to participate in their military activities, duties and training.

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For further information, including imagery, please contact Second Lieutenant Jennifer Wright at jennifer.wright2@forces.gc.ca, 867-873-0700 ext. 6922 or (mobile) 867-444-9228.

For more information regarding the ceremony and other CFLC activities in the North, please contact Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Paone at 250-889-9565 or e-mail cdnmcc@telus.net, or contact the CFLC Secretariat at 1-800-567-9908 or by e-mail at cflc@forces.gc.ca. Information about the CFLC and the Reserve Force Employer Support is available online at www.cflc.forces.gc.ca.

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