June 15, 2017

Governor General to Present Honours in Recognition of Outstanding Indigenous Leadership


OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present honours in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership to 30 recipients during a ceremony on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Rideau Hall. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, will be in attendance, along with other dignitaries and special guests.

Recipients will be recognized with one of the following honours:
the Order of Canada,
the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division),
the Polar Medal,
or the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

“I am delighted to be honouring some of the country’s most dedicated and talented Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders at this special ceremony at Rideau Hall,” said the Governor General. “These individuals are working in myriad ways to strengthen urban and rural Indigenous communities, to raise awareness of Indigenous histories, cultures, achievements and concerns, and to create an environment in which reconciliation is possible. This ceremony represents one more step toward a more fair, just and dynamic country.”

This is the first of several special presentations that will recognize individuals for their grassroots-level engagement, their contributions to the nation or their work towards achieving reconciliation in communities across the country. Subsequent events will be held by lieutenant governors and territorial commissioners across Canada throughout 2017.

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS

ORDER OF CANADA

Sylvia Maracle, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Sylvia Maracle has been a leader in shaping the urban Indigenous experience in Canada. As the executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, she has transformed the organization from a handful of reception hubs for migrating Indigenous peoples into more than two dozen culturally grounded centres of community building. An in-demand consultant, speaker, social activist and cultural-based practitioner, she is actively involved in diverse initiatives supporting the well-being of Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Gord Downie, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For over 30 years, Gord Downie has been the front man for The Tragically Hip and is considered one of Canada’s most beloved artists. He is renowned for his memorable performances, his songwriting and his lyrical references that create a sense of what it is like to love, and live in, this country. His charitable contributions and social activism continue to have a significant impact. He is devoted to promoting dialogue, raising awareness of the history of residential schools and moving the country along the path to reconciliation.

The Order of Canada insignia awarded to the other members of The Tragically Hip (Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair) will be presented to them at a later date.

Jacqueline Guest, C.M.
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Jacqueline Guest has been a staunch advocate of youth and adult literacy in Canada and abroad. An author with strong Métis roots, she has penned numerous novels that have inspired a love of reading among children and teenagers while showcasing Indigenous culture and teaching readers to overcome obstacles. Over the course of her career, she has also served as a guest speaker and educator in Canadian, American and Tanzanian schools and libraries, where she has promoted literacy and emphasized the importance of storytelling in Canadian history.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (CIVIL DIVISION)

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, M.S.C.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

The founder of Unikkaat Studio Inc., Alethea Arnaquq-Baril inspires Inuit communities to reconnect with their ancestral values and lost traditions through her many films. Considered one of Canada’s top female directors, she uses her films to document the Inuit language and culture in communities throughout Nunavut.

J. Wilton Littlechild, C.M., A.O.E., M.S.C, Q.C.
Hobbema, Alberta
The Honourable Murray Sinclair, M.S.C.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Marie Wilson, C.M., M.S.C.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson shouldered the responsibility for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada with fortitude, compassion and perseverance. Over six years, they led the examination of the Indian Residential School system, combing through myriad documents and witnessing the courage of survivors who shared their stories. Their final report invites all Canadians to confront the inequities of the past, and calls on governments and individuals alike to move forward, with greater understanding, towards reconciliation.

The Meritorious Service Cross awarded to the Honourable Murray Sinclair will be presented to him at a later date.

Stanley Vollant, C.Q., M.S.C.
Pessamit, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

To promote Indigenous cultural heritage, Dr. Stanley Vollant set out on the Innu Meshkenu (My Innu Path), a 6 000-km walk that passed through Indigenous communities across eastern Canada. This initiative inspired a multitude of Indigenous and non-Indigenous walkers to join him, but more than that, it encouraged an entire generation of young people to stay in school and pursue their dreams.

Elder John Elliott, M.S.M.
Victoria, British Columbia
Elder Elmer Seniemten George, M.S.M.
Brantwood Bay, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Elder John Elliott and Elder Elmer Seniemten George translated the Douglas Treaties of the mid-1850s into the Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN First Nation languages. Their translation sheds light on the lack of understanding that existed between Colonialists and First Nations when the treaties were first signed. It also provides a foundation for reconciliation and lasting relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians of today.

Hovak Johnston, M.S.M.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Marjorie Tahbone, M.S.M.
Nome, Alaska, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Hovak Johnston and Marjorie Tahbone created the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project to re-establish an Inuit art form that was on the verge of being lost. Traditionally, tattoos were given to women by women as a rite of passage and to represent their family’s heritage. The project’s first six-day event in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, reconnected more than two dozen women with their culture and inspired a new generation to carry on this tradition.

The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Marjorie Tahbone will be presented to her at a later date.

Tina Keeper, O.M., M.S.M.
André Lewis, M.S.M.
Mary Richard, O.M., M.S.M. (posthumous)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Fulfilling the vision of the late Mary Richard, Tina Keeper and André Lewis produced Going Home Star–Truth and Reconciliation. Performed across the country by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, it tells the story of a young Aboriginal couple confronting a painful past. Harnessing a traditional European art form to connect with First Nations’ culture, this emotional production sheds light on the significant impact of residential schools on our history and helps to establish new relationships among Canadians.

The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to the late Mary Richard will be presented to her granddaughter, Ms. Ashley Richard.

William MacLeod, M.S.M.
Mistissini, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

William MacLeod is a leader in economic development for northern Quebec. In a single decade, he made the Cree Construction and Development Company one of the top construction companies in Quebec. His economic achievements have since inspired Cree youth, motivating them to take on leadership roles in their communities while remaining true to their roots.

Meikaleigh McDonald, M.S.M.
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Meikaleigh McDonald competed in 10 Arctic Winter Games (AWG), where she won numerous medals and set records in the Alaskan high kick and the triple jump. Now a member of the AWG International Committee, she continues to promote traditional sports in northern Canada and abroad, inspiring a new generation of athletes and helping to reconnect northern youth to their culture, their elders and their community.

Julie Pellissier-Lush, M.S.M.
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Founding member of the Mi’kmaq Legends theatre troupe, Julie Pellissier-Lush preserves the legends of her ancestors through her work as a writer, actress and mentor to young performers. Dubbed the “Mama Bear” of the group by her fellow cast members, she is the glue that holds them together as they combine drama, storytelling, music and dance to share tales of the past with today’s youth.

Percy Sacobie, M.S.M.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Percy Sacobie built the Take a Break Lodge, a sweat lodge on St. Mary’s First Nation, to help people on their journey to recovery from mental illness and addiction. Having experienced the benefits of the traditional sweat ceremony himself, he wanted to give the greater Fredericton community access to a safe and welcoming place to practice self-reflection, to reconnect spiritually and to recover from their ailments.

Jordin Tootoo, M.S.M.
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Jordin Tootoo uses his star power as an NHL hockey player to promote healthy lifestyles in Canada’s North. Through the Team Tootoo Fund, he encourages conversations about addiction and suicide, and inspires youth to stay in school and pursue their dreams.

POLAR MEDAL

Ann Maje Raider
Watson Lake, Yukon

Ann Raider has demonstrated exemplary dedication to community healing and enhanced safety. As the executive director of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS), she was instrumental in the creation of the Together for Justice community safety protocol which, in collaboration with the RCMP, established a framework that profoundly strengthened community-police relations in Watson Lake, Yukon. This protocol has since been adopted by communities throughout northern Canada and has achieved similar successful outcomes.

Darlene Scurvey
Whitehorse, Yukon

As an early childhood educator at the Duska’a Head Start Family Learning Centre, Darlene Scurvey actively promotes the preservation of traditional language and culture. With the assistance of elders, she provides preschool-age children with a range of culturally relevant learning experiences that incorporate social interaction and language instruction.

SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Barbara Bernard
Scotchfort, Prince Edward Island

A community builder and organizer, Barbara Bernard has served nearly a decade with the Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island, and has generously shared her knowledge and teachings with young people from across the province.

Pauline Busch
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

President of the Aboriginal Women of Manitoba for 10 years, Pauline Busch championed several important initiatives to eliminate family violence and crimes against Indigenous women and girls. She has also demonstrated a passionate commitment to restorative justice through her involvement with Indian Residential Schools Resolutions Canada.

Anita Campbell
Thompson, Manitoba

A dedicated supporter of the Métis people, Anita Campbell has worked with the Manitoba Métis Federation and the Métis Women of Manitoba for several years. She has helped to deliver vital services and programs to members of her community and has inspired others to follow in her footsteps.

William Cranmer
Alert Bay, British Columbia

Dedicated to the preservation of Indigenous culture, Chief Bill Cranmer was instrumental in repatriating potlatch artifacts that were confiscated by the Canadian government in the 1920s, and in founding two cultural centres in British Columbia to preserve and exhibit these sacred items.

Pamela Glode-Desrochers
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Pamela Glode-Desrochers is the executive director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. She has worked for 40 years to reduce poverty and crime, and to promote the personal and community well-being of Halifax’s urban Aboriginal population.

Daryl Dancing Buffalo Kootenay
Morley, Alberta

Darryl Kootenay has rapidly become a leading force for change in the world through his work with such organizations as Canada World Youth and Canada Bridges. He is also committed to helping youth in his own community, and is noted for founding the first Stoney Nakoda Youth Council.

Jarret Leaman
Toronto, Ontario

A dynamic volunteer and community leader, Jarret Leaman has generously given of his time to numerous causes in support of Indigenous youth, entrepreneurs and LGBTQ issues.

Opolahsomuwehs Imelda Perley
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Teacher and Maliseet speaker Imelda Perley has committed much of her time to teaching language, storytelling and other traditions in Indigenous communities. Her efforts have fostered greater understanding and tolerance among the citizens of St. Mary’s, Kingclear and Tobique.

Odelle Pike
Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

A prominent advocate for Indigenous women and seniors, Odelle Pike has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of her people through her involvement with numerous provincial organizations, including the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network and the Newfoundland Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

Marilyn Sark
Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island

Marilyn Sark has dedicated her life to supporting Indigenous communities in Prince Edward Island by taking on several leadership positions, notably with the Aboriginal Nurses’ Association of Canada and the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI. She has also brought essential health services to those in need.

June 15, 2017

Governor General Announces New Appointments to the Order of Canada-15 June 2017

OTTAWA—Today, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced six new appointments to the Order of Canada.

New appointees are Sylvia Maracle and the members of The Tragically Hip.

Ms. Maracle and Mr. Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip will accept their insignia as part of a special presentation of Canadian honours in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Rideau Hall. The ceremony’s full list of recipients and their citations are published in a separate media advisory. The other members of The Tragically Hip will receive their insignia at a later date.

Sylvia Maracle, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her leadership in shaping the urban Indigenous experience and for her efforts to promote the well-being of Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Rob Baker, C.M., Gord Downie, C.M., Johnny Fay, C.M.,
Paul Langlois, C.M., and Gord Sinclair, C.M.
Kingston and Toronto, Ontario
Members of the Order of Canada

For their contribution to Canadian music and for their support of various social and environmental causes.

May 25, 2017

Governor General to Invest 44 Recipients into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces- 25 May 2017

Canadian Order of Merit of the Police Forces

Governor General to Invest 44 Recipients into
the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Merit of the Police Forces investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 11 a.m.

During the ceremony, the Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on 4 Officers and 40 Members.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. Three levels of membership with post-nominal letters reflect long-term, outstanding service: Commander (C.O.M.), Officer (O.O.M.) and Member (M.O.M.)

RECIPIENTS

OFFICERS

Chief Superintendent Scott Allen Doran, O.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Superintendent Martine Fontaine, O.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Westmount, Quebec

Chief Jeffrey McGuire, O.O.M.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Niagara Regional Police Service, St. Catharines, Ontario

Chief Superintendent John Lawrence Sullivan, O.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

MEMBERS

Staff Sergeant Jody Godfrey Armstrong, M.O.M.
Kingston Police, Ontario

Superintendent Sean Edward Auld, M.O.M.
Halifax Regional Police, Nova Scotia

Superintendent Richard David Baylin, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Raymond Craig Blanchard, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Campbell River, British
Columbia

Sergeant Grant Stephen Boulay, M.O.M.
Belleville Police Service, Belleville, Ontario

Sergeant Kevin Alan Bracewell, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Superintendent F. Deanne Burleigh, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Chilliwack, British Columbia

Staff Sergeant Paul Alexander Burnett, M.O.M.
Ottawa Police Service, Ontario

Chief Superintendent John Alexander Cain, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, London

Inspector Stephen Andrew Clegg, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Superintendent Derek Cooke, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Staff Sergeant Audrey E. H. Costello, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Smiths Falls

Chief Superintendent David Thomas Critchley, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Chief Superintendent Marie Shirley Ann Cuillierrier, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Superintendent Scott Allen Doran, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Superintendent John Gordon Duff, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Angela Wyatt Eke, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Sergeant Robert Stephen Fnukal, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Superintendent Martine Fontaine, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Westmount, Quebec

Staff Sergeant Robert James Fournier, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Chief Superintendent Christopher William Harkins, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Superintendent Alison Paige Jevons, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Aurora

Sergeant Travis Erich Juska, M.O.M.
Calgary Police Service, Alberta

Superintendent Sean Joseph Maloney, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Coquitlam, British Columbia

Staff Sergeant Giovanni Rosario Martone, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Corporal Ryan Roy Mitchell, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Beverly Anne Mullins, M.O.M.
Peel Regional Police, Brampton, Ontario

Superintendent Dale Herbert Mumby, M.O.M.
Peel Regional Police, Oakville, Ontario

Chief Superintendent Bernard Louis Murphy, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Chief W. Geoffrey Nelson, M.O.M.
Brantford Police Service, Ontario

Inspector Jamie Alan David Pearce, M.O.M.
Victoria Police Department, British Columbia

Sergeant David Stewart Emil Rektor, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, London

Superintendent Raymond Robitaille, M.O.M.
Calgary Police Service, Alberta

Staff Sergeant Maureen Victoria Rudall, M.O.M.
Windsor Police Service, Ontario

Inspector Paul Gerard Saganski, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Winnipeg, Manitoba

James Scott Saunders, M.O.M.
Niagara Regional Police Service, St. Catharines, Ontario

Superintendent Michel Joseph Lucien Denis Saurette, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Deputy Chief Jill Mary Skinner, M.O.M.
Ottawa Police Service, Ontario

Chief Superintendent Eric Ivan Stubbs, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Superintendent John Lawrence Sullivan, M.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Sergeant William Spargo Wallace, M.O.M.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Prince George, British Columbia

Inspector Cindy Joyce White, M.O.M.
Niagara Regional Police Service, St. Catharines, Ontario

Inspector Magdi Younan, M.O.M.
Peel Regional Police, Brampton, Ontario

ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES FACT SHEET

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of Canadian police forces, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.

The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Principal Commander of the Order, submits recommendations for appointment to the governor general on behalf of an advisory committee. Nominations for appointment to the Order may be made by submitting the name of a member or employee of a police force to the commanding officer of that police force.

Levels and post-nominals

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign of the Order; the governor general is the chancellor and one of the Commanders of the Order. The Principal Commander is the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Commander – Post-nominals: C.O.M.
Recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility over an extended period, usually at the national or international level.

Officer – Post-nominals: O.O.M.
Recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility over an extended period, usually at the regional or provincial level.

Member – Post-nominals: M.O.M.
Recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty over an extended period, usually at the local or regional/provincial level.

May 04, 2017

NATO BAR TO THE SSM - MODIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

CANFORGEN 079/17 CMP 042/17 241851Z APR 17

UNCLASSIFIED
REFS: A. CANFORGEN 017/11 CMP 009/11 252215Z JAN 11
B. CANFORGEN 003/09 CMP 002/09 081950Z JAN 09
C. CANFORGEN 096/09 CMP 042/09 201315Z MAY 09

FURTHER TO REF A AND IN LIGHT OF THE EVOLVING SITUATION IN EUROPE AND OF NATO S RENEWED ROLE AND RESPONSIBILTY IN PROVIDING DEFENCE AND DETERRENCE MEASURES, AFC HAS DECIDED TO EXPAND ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SSM-NATO, WITHIN THE SPIRIT OF ITS REGULATIONS, TO PROVIDE RECOGNITION TO ADDITIONAL PERS WHO PROVIDE DIRECT SP TO NATO OPS AND MISSIONS

CONSEQUENTLY, THE WORDING QUOTE NATO HQ S, STAFF, ADMIN AND LOG SP UNQUOTE IS DELETED FROM PARA 1 OF REF A AND THE WORDING QUOTE LEVEL OF HARDSHIP AND/OR INTENSITY UNQUOTE IS REPLACED BY QUOTE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES UNQUOTE IN PARA 4 OF REF A

FURTHERMORE, AFC HAS APPROVED THE ADDITION OF THE FOL SVC TO THE ELIGIBILITY LIST FOR THE SSM-NATO:

SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED OR POSTED TO THE FOL NATO ORGANIZATIONS, OUTSIDE CANADA, TO PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT TO ONGOING NATO OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THEIR PLANNING AND EXECUTION, SINCE 29 APRIL 2014:

(1). NATO INTERNATIONAL MILITARY STAFF (IMS), BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

(2). SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED POWERS EUROPE (SHAPE), CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(3). COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATIONS SYSTEMS GROUP HEADQUARTERS (CIS GROUP HQ), CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(4). JOINT FORCE COMMAND (JFC) BRUNSSUM, BRUNSSUMS, NETHERLANDS

(5). AIR COMMAND (AC) RAMSTEIN, RAMSTEIN, GERMANY

(6). NORTHWOOD MARITIME COMMAND HEADQUARTERS (MARCOM HQ), NORTHWOOD, UK

(7). 1 NATO SIGNALS BATTALION (NSB), WESEL, GERMANY

(8). COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTRE (CAOC) UEDEM, UEDEM, GERMANY

(9). JOINT FORCE COMMAND (JFC) NAPLES, NAPLES, ITALY

(10). COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTRE (CAOC) TORREJON, TORREJON, SPAIN

(11). LAND COMMAND (LC) IZMIR, IZMIR, TURKEY

(12). DEPLOYABLE AIR COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE (DACCC) POGGIO RENATICO, POGGIO RENATICO, ITALY

(13). 2 NATO SIGNALS BATTALION (2NSB), CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(14). ALLIED RAPID REACTION CORPS (ARRC), INNSWORTH, UK

(15). NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION AGENCY (NCIA), POGGIO RENATICO, ITALY

(16). NATO INTELLIGENCE FUSION CENTRE (NIFC), MOLESWORTH, UK

(17). NATO INTELLIGENCE UNIT, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

(18). ALLIED COMMAND COUNTER INTELLIGENCE (ACCI), CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(19). FEDERATED MISSION NETWORKING (FMN) SECRETARIAT, CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(20). NATO SPECIAL OPERATIONS HEADQUARTERS (NSHQ), CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(21). NATO ALLIANCE GROUND SURVEILLANCE FORCE (NAGSF), SIGONELLA, ITALY

(22). NATO FORCE INTEGRATED UNIT - LITHUANIA (NFIU LTU), VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

(23). NATO FORCE INTEGRATED UNIT - ESTONIA (NFIU EST), TALLIN, ESTONIA

(24). MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS - NORTHEAST (MNC), SZCZECIN, POLAND

(25). MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION - SOUTHEAST (MND SE), BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

(26). NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION AGENCY - MONS (NCIA-MONS), CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(27). NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION AGENCY - BRUNSSUM (NCIA- BRUNSSUM), BRUNSSUM, NETHERLANDS

(28). NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION AGENCY - NORFOLK (NCIA- NORFOLK), NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, USA

(29). NATO COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION AGENCY - RAMSTEIN (NCIA- RAMSTEIN), RAMSTEIN, GERMANY

(30). MILITARY PARTNERSHIP DIVISION, CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(31). NATO RAPID DEPLOYABLE CORPS (NRDC), ISTANBUL, TURKEY

(32). COMMAND CENTRE NATO AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AND FORCE CONTROL HEADQUARTERS (NAEWFC HQ), GEILENKIRCHEN, GERMANY
SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED OR POSTED TO THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, WHOSE SOLE FOCUS IS TO PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT TO NATO OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THEIR PLANNING AND EXECUTION, SINCE 29 APRIL 2014:

(1). CANADIAN MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE (CANMILREP), BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

(2). NATIONAL MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE ALLIED COMMAND ORGANIZATION SHAPE (NMR ACO SHAPE), CASTEAU, BELGIUM

(3). JOINT FORCE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS (JFC HQ), NAPLES, ITALY

(4). CANADIAN NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE (CANIC) - NAPLES, NAPLES, ITALY

(5). LAND COMMAND COMMAND SENIOR ENLISTED LEADER OFFICE (LC IZMIR CSEL OFFICE), IZMIR, TURKEY

(6). JOINT FORCE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS BRUNSSUM COMMAND SENIOR ENLISTED LEADER OFFICE (JFCHQ BRUNSSUM CSEL OFFICE), BRUNSSUM, NETHERLANDS
SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED OR POSTED TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BELGIUM, GERMANY, LITHUANIA, THE NETHERLANDS, ROMANIA, SPAIN AND THE UK, IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF OP REASSURANCE SUCH AS PLANNERS, LO S AND CI PERS, SINCE 29 APRIL 2014

SERVICE IN NATO TRANSFORMATION ESTABLISHMENTS, SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, NATO TRAINING, EXERCISES AND CONFERENCES, AS WELL AS OTHER SIMILAR SERVICE NOT IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF NATO OPS REMAINS EXCLUDED FROM ELIGIBILITY

April 26, 2017

Her Excellency to Present Medal for Volunteers, 28 April 2017

OTTAWA—As part of National Volunteer Week, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 64 exceptional volunteers from Canada’s Capital Region during a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West, on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers.

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS BY WARD

Ward 1 - Orléans

Aldege Bellefeuille
Ottawa, Ontario

A football coach and passionate fundraiser, Aldege Bellefeuille has changed many young lives by raising awareness of the barriers facing youth from low-income and at-risk families.

Ian Faris
Ottawa, Ontario

Ian Faris promotes community outreach and integration through sports as a director of communications and fundraiser for local sports teams including the Gloucester Hornets’ soccer club and the Capital Xelles basketball league.

Sigurdur Ewald Sigurdson
Ottawa, Ontario

For more than 20 years, Sigurdur Sigurdson has helped RCMP veterans and his community as a member of the Ottawa Division Veterans’ Association, notably by serving on the editorial board of the association’s quarterly magazine and by organizing numerous social events and visitations.

Ward 2 - Innes

Divya Massilamani
Ottawa, Ontario

In addition to volunteering with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre, Divya Massilamani has been caring for the elderly at Madonna Care Community for the past eight years. She also tutored high school English, and was involved in the Abhilasha Project and her university's World Vision Club.

Harvey Nuelle
Ottawa, Ontario

For more than 15 years, Harvey Nuelle has volunteered with the Bruyère Continuing Care Helpline, an outreach service that promotes independent living for vulnerable individuals living alone in rural areas.

Ward 3 - Barrhaven

Raymond (Ray) Desjardins
Ottawa, Ontario

Raymond Desjardins has been involved with the Royal Canadian Legion since 1998, serving in many executive positions, raising funds and even co-founding a new branch in Barrhaven.

David Sereda
Ottawa, Ontario

David Sereda has volunteered in several roles with the Barrhaven Royal Canadian Legion, notably organizing the Legion’s Golf Tournament, which has raised thousands of dollars. He is also president of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

Ward 4 – Kanata North

Cathy Briggs
Ottawa, Ontario

With over 20 years of coaching experience, Cathy Briggs has been instrumental in creating popular and competitive soccer programs for more than 1 600 young players in Kanata North.

Dwight Brown
Ottawa, Ontario

For the past 18 years, Dwight Brown has participated in hundreds of civic initiatives, including fundraisers for the Rotary Club and the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Canadian Blood Services drives, Walks for Hospice, and the Running on Empties Christmas Campaign.

Jim Malone
Ottawa, Ontario

Jim Malone has been a volunteer executive board member for the Kanata Lakes Community Association for more than 14 years where he helps to raise funds and serves as a key resource in community clean-ups, consultations and policing.

Judi Miller
Ottawa, Ontario

Judith Miller volunteers with the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, an artist-run co-operative, where she helps promote local artists and engages with the public to raise awareness of the gallery and its programs.

Neil Thomson
Ottawa, Ontario

Neil Thomson has been a community volunteer in Kanata for more than 30 years, most recently as chair of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association where he is actively involved in developing proposals to support the expansion of the area.

Sarah Trant
Ottawa, Ontario

Sarah Trant has volunteered with the Kanata Seniors Council since 2009, and has actively promoted and successfully increased interest in the council by making programs and activities available to seniors in her community.

Ward 5 – West Carleton-March

Greg Patacairk
Ottawa, Ontario

Greg Patacairk has been a key volunteer at the Dunrobin Community Centre, serving as its president, as a coach and as an instructor of an expanding special needs class. His encouraging, patient nature has made him a pillar in the community over the past 10 years.

Len Russell
Ottawa, Ontario

An invaluable community asset, Len Russell has served the Constance Bay and Buckham’s Bay Community Association in various positions, including president, vice-president and secretary, for more than 20 years.

Ward 6 - Stittsville

Barbara Bottriell
Ottawa, Ontario

Barbara Bottriell has been publishing the genealogical, political and social history of the area since 1998. As president of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society from 2000 to 2016, she oversaw the digitization of the Society’s local history files.

Paula Farrell
Ottawa, Ontario

As a board member and volunteer with the Stittsville Food Bank for more than a decade, Paula Farrell collects and distributes donations through several Food Bank programs, ensuring that families in her community have access to food throughout the year.

Thomas Mark Graza
Ottawa, Ontario

Thomas Mark Grasza has shared his expertise as an accomplished artist with the British North American Philatelic League of Canada. He also donated thousands of his own original paintings to raise funds for local health institutions and international relief missions.

Tysen Lefebvre
Stittsville, Ontario

Tysen Lefebvre founded the Mission to a Million campaign to raise a million dollars to help 100 youth make their wishes come true. Through his inspirational fundraising initiatives in his community and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he has raised $600,000, and has fulfilled the dreams of 60 young people.

Brenda Tirrell
Ottawa, Ontario

A volunteer firefighter with Stittsville’s Station 81 Fire Hall, Brenda Tirrell is the director of the 9 Run Run event, which raises funds for and awareness of for mental health issues, and was also involved in the development of the Crossing Bridge Residents Association.

Ward 7 - Bay

Anna Bevilacqua
Ottawa, Ontario

A board member of the Queensway Terrace North Community Association for more than 10 years, Anna Bevilacqua currently serves as its president and has led the coordination of the community’s annual winter carnival.

Carmel Graziani
Ottawa, Ontario

In her 16 years with the Ottawa Council on Smoking or Health, Carmela Graziani has researched, written, presented and tirelessly advocated for greater public education and a smoke-free Ottawa. Also a volunteer with the Canadian Lung Association and a patient advocate, she has helped to create healthier public spaces in her city.

Maurice Charlebois
Ottawa, Ontario

Maurice Charlebois has been volunteering in his community of Britannia Village for more than 35 years and has also served as co-chair of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre’s United Neighbors project since 2008.

Ward 8 - College

Bruce Campbell
Ottawa, Ontario

President of the East Nepean Little League for 26 years, Bruce Campbell has also served on the Little League International advisory board and founded Challenger Baseball in East Nepean for youth with disabilities.

David Palmer
Ottawa, Ontario

David Palmer has tirelessly fundraised for Camp Trillium, Camp Chrysalis and the Rotary Interact Club. He has also supported veterans through the Royal Canadian Legion and was a member of the board at a Trenton-based home for young offenders.

Ward 9 – Knoxdale-Merivale

Shannon Bagg Mallen
Ottawa, Ontario

Shannon Bagg Mallen created the Just for Kicks soccer program for children with developmental challenges after recognizing that no such program existed in the city. She continues to lead the program by fundraising and coordinating more than 80 volunteers.

Eric Rabin
Ottawa, Ontario

Eric Rabin has been a math and science tutor with the Pinecrest-Queensway’s Pathways to Education program since 2008, where he spends at least six hours a week teaching youth in economically disadvantaged communities.

Ward 11 – Beacon Hill-Cyrville

Jean-Marie Legris
Ottawa, Ontario

For more than 27 years, Jean-Marie Legris has volunteered with Bruyère Continuing Care where he provides exceptional care and service to the organization and its patients.

Steven Dieter
Ottawa, Ontario

Steven Dieter has volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion for 24 years, and has made significant contributions to military history as a result of his passion for veterans. His research on military personnel in the Second World War has shed light on the contributions of numerous veterans who would have otherwise remained unknown.

Ward 12 – Rideau-Vanier

Anna Bourgon
Ottawa, Ontario

For the past 25 years, Anna Bourgon has warmly welcomed thousands of families into the community of Chez Mère Bruyère. Three days a week, she works with expectant mothers to prepare full layettes for their newborn babies, in addition to providing clothing for their siblings.

Festus Ifeolu Akinbobola
Ottawa, Ontario

Since 2007, Festus Ifeolu Akinbobola has been attending the Tuesday drop-in at Ottawa Innercity Ministries to help make and serve nutritious meals to those living in poverty. His engaging and compassionate interactions with the clientele have made a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe

Leo Bédard
Ottawa, Ontario

Leo Bédard has served with the Royal Canadian Legion for 27 years in such roles as zone commander, president and, currently, as long-term care surveyor. A dedicated volunteer, he has driven members to various appointments, arranged for veterans’ medals to be mounted, and helped ensure that the many events at the Legion hall run smoothly.

Marc Grecco
Ottawa, Ontario

Marc Grecco has been volunteering in a number of capacities with the Ottawa East Minor Hockey Association, most notably as a coach. He also recently participated in the RBC Learn to Skate program, where he helped young athletes develop the confidence and skills needed to play.

Stu (Seaward) Higdon
Ottawa, Ontario

Stu Higdon has been volunteering with Bruyère Continuing Care for 37 years, caring for the well-being and quality of life of patients, and organizing social events and activities to improve and enhance their lives.

Ward 14 - Somerset

Mary Young
Ottawa, Ontario

Mary Young has been an integral part of the Cambridge Street Public School community for the last eight years. She serves as chair of the parent council, where she organizes and coordinates numerous fundraisers, projects, events and workshops for students, teachers and parents alike. She has created strong partnerships with the wider community to benefit the school.

Ward 15 - Kitchissippi

Gus Kennedy
Ottawa, Ontario

Gus Kennedy volunteers with Bruyère Continuing Care where he facilitates recreation and leisure activities for patients with traumatic brain injuries. He encourages camaraderie and fun through his weekly Games with Gus program and escorts clients on excursions to the mall.

Ward 16 - River

Trina Costantini-Powell
Ottawa, Ontario

A volunteer since 1968, Trina Constantini-Powell currently serves as president of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians in the National Capital District, and as the advisory board director of the Dalhousie Food Cupboard.

Robert Crout
Ottawa, Ontario

Robert Crout initiated the annual May Family Fun Day and Shinny Hockey events, and also volunteers with Stride Wheelchairs Plus, which distributes used health care equipment to those in need.

Linda Dodd
Ottawa, Ontario

Linda Dodd has served in various roles with the Carlington Community Association and has also canvassed on behalf of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Arthritis Society and the Canadian Cancer Research Institute.

John Sankey
Ottawa, Ontario

John Sankey has helped improve the condition of local parks and furthered environmental causes as a member of the Hunt Club Community Organization and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, and as chair of the Eastern Chapter Society of Ontario Nut Growers.

Ward 17 - Capital

Allison Dingle
Ottawa, Ontario

Allison Dingle has helped promote local and Canadian musical talent as a board member with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for nearly four decades. She has also canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society for 20 years and chairs the Centretown Emergency Food Centre.

Beatrice Raffoul
Ottawa, Ontario

Beatrice Raffoul is a founding member of the Ottawa Famous 5 Committee and played an instrumental role in the placement of the Women Are Persons! Monument on Parliament Hill in 2000.

Lynn Graham
Ottawa, Ontario

Lynn Graham has helped advance public educational activities in the community as chair of multiple committees and organizations, and as a volunteer with the Old Ottawa South Community Association, Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa, Christie Lake Kids, and Girl Guides of Canada.

Patricia Hewitt
Ottawa, Ontario

For more than 36 years, Patricia Hewitt has volunteered with the Emergency Department at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus. She is so dedicated to her role that, for years, the ER staff thought she was a paid employee.

Dr. Susan Pisterman
Ottawa, Ontario

Since 2004, Susan Pisterman has volunteered her time with early learning and youth-centred initiatives. She served on the boards of both the Youth Services Bureau and Andrew Fleck Child Care Services, where she contributed to improved governance, leadership and programming.

Ward 18 – Alta Vista

John Gomez
Ottawa, Ontario

A devoted leader in Canadian orchestral music, John Gomez is a founder and dedicated volunteer of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, which supports the development of young musicians in Ottawa.

Carmel Horan
Ottawa, Ontario

Carmel Horan has been a volunteer cook at Bruce House for more than 14 years. She has also participated in the OK Clean Water Project, which supports the distribution of clean, potable water to some 43 000 people living in 43 villages in the Kumbo region of Cameroon

Ward 19 - Cumberland

Elizabeth Bengle
Ottawa, Ontario

Since 2010, Elizabeth Bengle has been instrumental in developing a wooded forest around the Des Sentiers elementary school in Orléans. The space has become an outdoor classroom for students to learn about nature and how to protect it.

Jean Seguin
Vars, Ontario

Jean Seguin has been a strong leader in the community of Vars, spearheading several projects as part of the Neighborhood Planning Initiative to develop and promote the region’s rich historical heritage.

Ward 20 - Osgoode

Tracey Nesrallah
Ottawa, Ontario

Tracey Nesrallah volunteers with the St. Leonard Catholic School Council as a fundraiser and basketball coach. She also volunteers with the Osgoode Youth Association in a range of capacities, from fundraising to teaching drama workshops.

Ward 21 – Rideau-Goulbourn

John Curry
Ottawa, Ontario

John Curry has enriched the community of Stittsville over the past 25 years as a volunteer on the boards of various organizations, including the Goulbourn Museum and Architectural Advisory Committee, and the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Bob Easy
Ottawa, Ontario

For more than 50 years, Bob Easy has coached minor hockey in his community, teaching young athletes of all levels the skills of the game. He also frequently lends his support to various summer ball leagues as well as to the local community association.

Cyril Leeder
Ottawa, Ontario

A leader in the Ottawa community, Cyril Leeder founded the Bell Canada Cup charitable tournament and was instrumental in raising funds for a cancer treatment centre at The Ottawa Hospital. He is also very involved with the Ottawa Senators Foundation.

Noel Norensius
Ottawa, Ontario

As president of the Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association, Noel Norenius has worked on developing several community projects, including tree plantings, park pathways, a Remembrance Park, and the arena’s expansion.

Shaun Tolson
Ottawa, Ontario

Shaun Tolson has contributed to the village of Kars in many important ways, notably as president of the Kars Community Association and as a former volunteer with the Ottawa Police Service.

Georgina Tupper
Ottawa, Ontario

As a founding member of the Rideau Township Historical Society, Georgina Tupper has been volunteering her time as an archivist since 1974, documenting and preserving the history and heritage of the community.

Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean

Lesia Gilbert
Ottawa, Ontario

For nearly a decade, Lesia Gilbert has volunteered with the Riverside South Community Association where she was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars in support of the holiday toy drive.

Emily Prieur
Ottawa, Ontario

Emily Prieur is making a significant impact on her community through her focussed volunteer initiatives and leadership. She is devoted to helping people in Aboriginal communities, in the north and in Ottawa, and she helped establish an organization that raises funds for children with disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism.

Stuart Schwatz
Ottawa, Ontario

A social media champion of various charities in Ottawa, Stuart Schwartz created the #NoMoreBullies campaign, as well as the #StuStrong campaign, which has raised more than $270,000 in support of leukemia and stem cell research.

Jennifer Vollrath
Ottawa, Ontario

Jennifer Vollrath has been involved in numerous volunteer initiatives, notably as emcee of Cocktails for Cancer in support the Canadian Cancer Society, and has personally sponsored two newly arrived Syrian families.

Ward 23 – Kanata South

Henry Terrace Jacobs
Ottawa, Ontario

Henry "Terry" Jacobs has always looked for new ways he can volunteer his time to make a difference in society. Through his involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion, the Kinsmen Club and as the co-establisher of the Canadian Volkssport Federation and the Kanata Wanderers, he has done just that.

Richard Lemieux
Ottawa, Ontario

Richard Lemieux's volunteer efforts with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593 have made the organization a better place. As sergeant-at-arms, he led the Remembrance Day parade, and as veterans services officer, he has organized veterans' activities and has helped assist veterans with a variety of claims through Veterans Affairs Canada.

Rick Chase
Ottawa, Ontario

For the past 15 years, Rick Chase has used his success as an entrepreneur to advise multiple charitable and not-for-profit boards that are looking to make a positive impact with limited resources. He was also instrumental in raising $50,000 for the Kanata Food Bank.

Rob Nino
Ottawa, Ontario

In addition to being an active volunteer in youth sports leagues, Rob Nino is currently president of the Glen Cairn Community Association, which hosts special events throughout the year for Kanata residents.

April 21, 2017

HONOURS AND DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT, 10 Apr 2017

ON BEHALF OF THE QUEEN, HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL HAS APPROVED NATIONAL HONOURS FOR THE FOLLOWING DESERVING INDIVIDUALS.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE CROSS

(1) COL D. ELDER - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP, SUPERB PROFESSIONALISM AND SELFLESS DEDICATION AS COMD OF ATF-IRAQ, OCT 15 TO APR 16

MEDAL OF BRAVERY

(1) LT(N) S. GAUDREAULT, LT(N) D. WILLIS, LS J.-F. MARTINEAU, AB J. RICHARDS - FOR THEIR SELFLESS AND BRAVE ACTIONS DURING A FIRE IN ANTALYA, TURKEY, 14 NOV 14

(2) CPL A.E. ZAWYRUCHA, CPL M.T. LEPAIN - FOR COURAGEOUS AND SELFLESS ACTIONS FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT IN WINDSOR, ON, 13 AUG 15

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

(1) COL J.J.A. ALEXANDER - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AS THE CHIEF OF LIAISON FOR THE MFO AND THE CDN CONTINGENT COMD FOR TF EL GORAH IN THE SINAI, EGYPT, JUN 15 TO JUL 16

(2) COL J.J.L.N. PILON - FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AS MINUSTAH COS AND AS TF COMD AT PORT-AU-PRINCE, JUL 15 TO JUL 16

(3) LCOL T.M. ARSENAULT - FOR REMARKABLE LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM AS COMD OP UNIFIER DURING HIS DEPLOYMENT TO UKRAINE, JAN TO AUG 16

(4) CDR P. BELHUMEUR - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND UNWAVERING DEDICATION AS CO OF HMCS WINNIPEG THROUGH THREE OPERATIONAL MISSIONS AND TWO KEY NATO EXERCISES IN THE CARIBBEAN, MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS AND THE INDIAN OCEAN, JUN 15 TO JAN 16

(5) CAPT D.D. CYR - FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM AS THE CAF FAC AND CAS SME WITHIN THE AIR-LAND INTEGRATION CELL IN KINGSTON, ON, JUL 09 TO SEP 15
CMPC IS ALSO PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS FOR THE FOLLOWING DESERVING INDIVIDUALS

CDS COMMENDATION

(1) COL G. BOURDELOUX (FRENCH AIR FORCE) - FOR DEDICATION AND PERSEVERANCE IN DEVELOPING A ROBUST AND WELL-STRUCTURED GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE RCAF, AND SETTING UP A STRATEGIC EXERCISE PROGRAM WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES IN OTTAWA, ON, SEP 13 TO AUG 16

(2) HCOL J.G. MASSIE - FOR OUTSTANDING DEDICATION AS CHAIR OF A PANEL TO FUND THE MEMORIAL WALL AT CFB BORDEN AND SUPPORTING THE RESTORATION OF BORDEN S FIRST WORLD WAR TRAINING TRENCHES, SINCE 2012

(3) MAJ J.A.G. HARDY - FOR WORK ETHIC AND PERSEVERANCE AS CJOC AND LO COORDINATOR FOR THE CDA WHILE POSTED AT THE CANADIAN EMBASSY IN KIEV, UKRAINE, APR TO OCT 15

(4) MAJ S. LYON (USAF) - FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION WHILE ON EXCHANGE WITH THE CDN SPACE OPERATIONS CENTER IN OTTAWA, ON, JUL 14 TO MAY 16

(5) MAJ J.G.D. PILON - FOR HAVING SELFLESSLY PERFORMED CPR ON A DRIVER EJECTED FROM HIS VEHICLE AS THE RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 30 WEST NEAR VAUDREUIL-DORION, QC, 20 AUG 14

(6) CAPT J.A. ANDERSON - FOR POISED LEADERSHIP, AND LIFE-SAVING ACTIONS FOLLOWING A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT OUTSIDE LEDUC, AB, 25 AUG 14

(7) CAPT R. CARRIER - FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION TO MULTIPLE CANSOFCOM MISSIONS ALONG WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EBOLA CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

(8) CAPT B. BOUTHILLIER CHOQUETTE - FOR PROFESSIONALISM AND SELFLESS ACTIONS WHEN PERFORMING CPR ON AN INDIVIDUAL LYING ON THE GROUND IN MONTREAL, QC, 29 MAY 14

(9) CAPT C.P. SCHENK - FOR PROFESSIONALISM AND DECISIVE ACTIONS IN PROVIDING LIFE-SAVING FIRST AID TO A MAN WHO WAS CHOCKING AT PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN TORONTO, ON, 14 DEC 15

(10) LT(N) M. VANDAL - FOR SELFLESS ACTIONS IN PROVIDING FIRST AID TO HIS COMPANION FOLLOWING A HUNTING ACCIDENT IN NORTH-WESTERN AB, 22 SEPT 15

(11) CWO J.E.G. GODBOUT - FOR REMARKABLE PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION DURING CFB BORDEN S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS, IN 2015 AND 2016

(12) SGT J.G.S. LAMBERT - FOR LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION AS MPSS DET CMDR AT THE CANADIAN EMBASSY IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, MAR TO JUN 15

(13) MCPL S. BIGELOW - FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM AND SWIFT ACTIONS AS FIRST RESPONDER FOLLOWING A COLLISION BETWEEN A MOTORCYCLE AND A CAR IN TRURO HEIGHTS, NS, 31 AUG 15

(14) MCPL J.M.B. BYATT, MCPL L.I. LEVESQUE - FOR THEIR SELFLESS ACTIONS IN PROVIDING FIRST-AID TO A PERSON WHO WAS SUFFOCATING AT LA ROCAILLE CAMPSITE IN SAGUENAY, QC, 16 JUL 14

(15) MCPL S.A. CHARD - FOR DECISIVE LEADERSHIP AND SWIFT ACTIONS IN PROVIDING FIRST AID TO MULTIPLE CASUALTIES INVOLVED IN A THREE CAR ACCIDENT ON HWY 17, WEST OF OTTAWA, ON, 9 SEP 15

(16) MCPL C. PACE, CPL C.S. MILLS - FOR EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONALISM AND PROFICIENCY AS SNIPERS DURING THE 2013 CDN INTERNATIONAL SNIPER CONCENTRATION, AND AT THE 2014 AND 2015 UK TRI-SERVICE INTERNATIONAL SNIPER COMPETITIONS

(17) CPL C. DESMARAIS - FOR QUICK AND DECISIVE ACTION TO PREVENT A SUICIDE ATTEMPT BY A TROUBLED CIVILIAN IN CLAIRMONT, FLORIDA, 16 FEB 15

(18) CPL J. SMITH - FOR PROFESSIONALISM IN PROVIDING LIFE-SAVING FIRST AID TO AN INJURED SNOWMOBILER SUFFERING FROM HYPOTHERMIA AND CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING NEAR KAKWA LAKE, BC, 18 DEC 15

(19) CPL P.-L. TREMBLAY - FOR REMARKABLE PROFESSIONALISM AND SELFLESS ACTIONS WHEN RESCUING AND PROVIDING CPR TO A SNOWSHOER BURIED UNDER THE SNOW FOLLOWING AN AVALANCHE NEAR SAINT-DAVID-DE-FALARDEAU, QC, 31 JAN 15

(20) FIVE MEMBERS FROM CANSOFCOM WERE AWARDED THE CDSC FOR OUTSTANDING ACTIONS DURING OPERATIONS OUTSIDE OF CANADA. FOR SECURITY AND OPERATIONAL REASONS, THE NAMES AND CITATIONS ARE NOT RELEASED

(21) TEN MEMBERS AND A LINGUIST OF THE US FORCES WERE AWARDED THE CDSC. FOR SECURITY AND OPERATIONAL REASONS, THE NAMES AND CITATIONS ARE NOT RELEASED

CF MEDALLION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

(1) COL D.S. MORESIDE (RETD) - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND UNWAVERING DEDICATION AS THE CBRN OMNIBUS DEPUTY PROJ DIR IN OTTAWA, DEC 04 TO JAN 16

(2) CAPT S.P. JAENEN (RETD) - FOR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AND REMARKABLE DEDICATION THAT HELPED GROW THE CFMWS, WHICH INCREASED ITS FOOTPRINT AND ENABLED THE PROVISION OF CRITICAL SERVICES TO MEMBERS OF THE CAF, FROM 1998 TO 2016

(3) MR. J. BELLIVEAU - FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM, DEDICATION AND INITIATIVE AS GRAPHIC DESIGNER FOR 410 TAC F OT SQN, COLD LAKE, AB, SINCE 1993

(4) MR. A. COLE, MS. K. KERR - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SELFLESS DEDICATION IN ESTABLISHING AND SUSTAINING THE ANNUAL FAIRWAYS FOR HEROES GOLF TOURNAMENT, SINCE 2009

(5) MS. G. SCHIANO DI ZENISE - FOR OUTSTANDING DEDICATION AND EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AS THE ADMIN ASST TO THE CANADIAN NATIONAL SUPPORT ELEMENT/CFSU (EUROPE) DET NAPLES, DEC 94 TO JAN 16
CF UNIT COMMENDATION

(1) CF AE FLIGHT TRENTON - FOR SWIFTLY ESTABLISHING THE MEDICAL COMPONENTS OF AN INTERIM EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION CAPABILITY THAT WAS OPERATIONALLY READY IN NOV 14

(2) HMCS VANCOUVER - FOR DISTINGUISHING THEMSELVES BY SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYING THE FIRST HARPOON BLOCK II DURING THE JOINT LITTORAL TARGETING EXERCISE IN APR 16 AND BY PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE PEOPLE OF KAIKOURA FOLLOWING THE NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE IN NOV 16

 

April 21, 2017

Presentation of Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division), 9 April 2017

April 9, 2017

Presentation of Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division)

LILLE, FRANCE—Today, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented a Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) to Mr. Michel Le Baron during a private ceremony in Lille, France.

Michel Le Baron, M.S.M.
Normandy, France
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Michel Le Baron was one of the key drivers behind the Comité Juno Canada Normandie, a French organization that co-ordinates ceremonies commemorating the contribution of Canadian soldiers to the war effort in France. Dedicated to strengthening the ties between France and Canada, the organization aims to raise awareness in future generations of the war efforts and sacrifices of Canadians.

April 21, 2017

Governor General to Present Medal for Volunteers, 24 April 2017

Governor General to Present Medal for Volunteers


OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 46 individuals on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

The Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, it also pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers.

Guy Arcand
Shawinigan, Que.

Russell Barton
Birch Hills, Sask.

Jack Boersma
Abbotsford, B.C.

Brigadier-General William Buckham, O.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d)
St. Albert, Alta.

Neil Chymko
Edmonton, Alta.

Faith Dickinson
Lakefield, Ont.

Ilija Dimeski
Mississauga, Ont.

Monique Ferland
Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Que.

Clément Fortin
Rivière-du-Loup, Que

Mary Fredlund
Rankin Inlet, Nvt.

Douglas Brian Hay
Toronto, Ont.

Louisa Henry
Bonaventure, Que.

Kirk Hughes
Behchoko, N.W.T.

Kathleen Irwin
Rankin Inlet, Nvt.

Hazel Joyce
Eastern Passage, N.S.

Louisa Kay
Fort McPherson, N.W.T.

Susan-Mary Louise Keddie
Drumheller, Alta.

Alis Kennedy, O.Ont., C.D., O.M.C.
Woodbridge, Ont.

Teresa Kewachuk
Pugwash, N.S.

Joseph Lanteigne
Saint-Léolin, N.B.

André Larouche
Rivière-Malbaie, Que.

Donald Lavigne
Bathurst, N.B.

Marcel Lavigne
Ottawa, Ont.

Thérèse Hélène Lavigne
Ottawa, Ont.

Heather MacKinnon
Edmonton, Alta.

Thomas Morin-Cabana
Saint-Georges, Que.

Ken Hiu-Ming Ng
Unionville, Ont.

Avinash Patel
Calgary, Alta.

Denis Pelletier
Cacouna, Que.

Vinh Phan
Toronto, Ont.

Joffre Plaquin
Millet, Alta.

George Poblete
Toronto, Ont.

Margaret Roberts
Weston, Ont.

Claudette Savaria
Varennes, Que.

Adele Shamie
Toronto, Ont.

John Shaw
Brandon, Man.

Joe Shea
Canmore, Alta.

Harvey Shevalier
Sundre, Alta.

Darryl Sittler
Toronto, Ont.

June Switzer
Erin, Ont.

Huguette Tardif
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Marjorie van de Sande
Calgary, Alta.

Mario Vincent
Warwick, Que.

Michael White
Bathurst, N.B.

Cecil Whitten
St. John's, N.L.

RECIPIENTS’ CITATIONS

Guy Arcand
Shawinigan, Quebec

Guy Arcand has been actively involved in his community since 1970. He has devoted his time to youth, working with the cadet corps, and to regional heritage, having founded the Musée du bûcheron and the Appartenance Mauricie Société d'histoire régionale.

Russell Barton
Birch Hills, Saskatchewan

Russell Barton has improved the quality of life for those around him as a volunteer with the Red Cross and the Royal Canadian Legion. From assisting families who have lost their homes in a disaster to working as president of the Prince Albert branch of the Legion, he has dedicated his time to helping others in need.

Jack Boersma
Abbotsford, British Columbia

For the past four decades, Jack Boersma has helped over 1 000 students from Abbotsford Christian Secondary School reach their potential as track and field athletes. Through his committed and sustained efforts, he was able to put together the third-largest team of track and field athletes in British Columbia and ensured each student had a positive experience with the sport.

Brigadier-General William Buckham, O.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d)
St. Albert, Alberta

William Buckham has helped to preserve Edmonton's aviation heritage through his involvement with the Alberta Aviation Museum and as president of the Griesbach RCAF Commemorative Society. He also serves as an honorary associate with the Air Cadet League of Canada and volunteers his time to a number of veterans associations.

Neil Chymko
Edmonton, Alberta

For 36 years, Neil Chymko has been dedicated to creating and improving public facilities within his community for children, adults and seniors, through his involvement with the Castle Downs Recreation Society. His contributions led to the opening of the Castle Downs Recreation Centre, as well as a YMCA facility.

Faith Dickinson
Lakefield, Ontario

At the age of nine, Faith Dickinson created Cuddles for Cancer to help children undergoing cancer treatments stay warm; since then, she has gone on to make over 2 000 cuddle blankets for patients and soldiers across Canada and around the world. Her fundraising efforts and yearly campaigns continue to keep thousands of people warm during times of hardship.

Ilija Dimeski
Mississauga, Ontario

Ilija Dimeski has volunteered his skills, time and resources to helping others, working to keep people safe, empower those with disabilities and provide a home to those without one. While an undergraduate student at York University, and even before that, he was an active participant in Armagh House, Connect-4-Life, Victims Services of Peel, Safe City Mississauga and Habitat for Humanity.

Monique Ferland
Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Quebec

Monique Ferland has been the captain of her Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Relay for Life team for the past 14 years, and together they have raised close to $100,000. She has been named ambassador of the CCS in her region and has been instrumental in the success of the Thingamaboob campaign targeting women and early breast cancer detection.

Clément Fortin
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec

Actively involved in his community, Clément Fortin has been volunteering for the Optimist Club since 1998, in addition to being a member of the hockey tournament committee. He is considered the expert on coordinating security for community events.

Mary Fredlund
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

Mary Fredlund is a dedicated volunteer with the Ikurraq Food Bank (Deacon's Cupboard) where she operates the thrift store and distributes food to hundreds of families. Her efforts have raised awareness about poverty in the north, and have stimulated an influx in donations and relief from throughout the country.

Douglas Brian Hay
Toronto, Ontario

For over 40 years, Douglas Brian Hay has been a voluntary board member of numerous non-profit organizations. He is the current vice-chair and past chair of the Mackenzie Institute, a Canadian think tank focused on security issues. He has also volunteered as both director and chair of the Fortune Society of Canada, a non-profit aimed at rehabilitating ex-offenders.

Louisa Henry
Bonaventure, Quebec

Louisa Henry volunteers with the Cercle de Fermières de Bonaventure and, for the past 25 years, has been helping with the Café de l'amitié, a service offered to families and citizens at funerals. She also founded her community's municipal library, which she ran for 10 years.

Kirk Hughes
Behchoko, Northwest Territories

A dedicated emergency response and community volunteer, Kirk Hughes has been a leader in the implementation and development of volunteer search and rescue groups in Ontario and the Northwest Territories. His involvement and mentorship in this field have helped improve emergency response services in communities across Canada.

Kathleen Irwin
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

Kathleen Irwin has coordinated and served as a board member of Ikurraq Food Bank (Deacon's Cupboard) for more than 10 years. From mobilizing volunteers and fundraising to organizing the thrift shop and conducting outreach, she has contributed to the growth of this much-needed institution.

Hazel Joyce
Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

For the past 50 years, Hazel Joyce has been volunteering at the Ocean View Continuing Care Centre, a long-term care home that provides round-the-clock assistance to its 176 residents. She is dedicated to putting the needs and well-being of the residents first.

Louisa Kay
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories

A member of her community's Special Activities Committee for seven years, Louisa Kay has organized a number of local events, from dance competitions to wedding anniversaries. She also volunteers at the community radio station on a weekly basis, where she routinely hosts donation programs to support families trying to cover the costs of funerals.

Susan-Mary Louise Keddie
Drumheller, Alberta

For a decade, Susan-Mary Louise Keddie has been volunteering with her church, where she has held the position of rector's warden, organized community outreach projects, and provided pastoral care to the elderly. She also founded Drumheller's first Welcome Wagon, and was the coordinator of the local farmers' market, which expanded substantially under her direction.

Alis Kennedy, O.Ont., C.D., O.M.C.
Woodbridge, Ontario

For over 50 years, Dr. Alis Kennedy has contributed to many humanitarian, charitable and conservation organizations, both in Canada and abroad. In particular, she is recognized for her efforts on behalf of Métis and veterans groups, as well as for her commitment to wildlife conservation in Africa.

Teresa Kewachuk
Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Teresa Kewachuk is the volunteer on-site manager at the Thinkers Lodge National Historic site, the birthplace of the international Pugwash Movement that strives for nuclear disarmament. In the summer, she supervises university and high school interns, gives tours and oversees events; during part of the school year, she and the community volunteers welcome the general public.

Joseph Lanteigne
Saint-Léolin, New Brunswick

Joseph Lanteigne volunteers with a number of charitable organizations, including the parish of Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys. For the past 25 years, he has been involved with the annual fundraising campaign benefiting the Fondation Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus, where he has helped raise thousands of dollars by organizing more than 40 fundraising dinners.

André Larouche
Rivière-Malbaie, Quebec

André Larouche has long been involved with various charitable organizations in his community. He is especially known for his volunteer work at the Centre hospitalier Saint-Joseph de la Malbaie where, for the past 40 years, he has been visiting patients every evening, listening to them and bringing comfort with words of hope and prayers.

Donald Lavigne
Bathurst, New Brunswick

Known for his compassion for young people with developmental disabilities, Donald Lavigne has been a cross-country ski coach for the Special Olympics since 1998. Despite the challenges these youths face, he has introduced many young athletes to the world of sport.

Marcel Lavigne
Ottawa, Ontario

Marcel Lavigne's first-hand knowledge of war allows him to serve as an indispensable interpreter at the Canadian War Museum, where he helps to keep Canada's military history alive. He also contributes to his community by volunteering at the local food bank on a weekly basis.

Thérèse Hélène Lavigne
Ottawa, Ontario

Thérèse Lavigne is a dedicated volunteer with the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre, where she works at the food bank and has taught computer skills to seniors. Her commitment to helping others was underscored when she sewed protective arm bands for patients undergoing chemotherapy, all while dealing with her own health issues.

Heather MacKinnon
Edmonton, Alberta

After 18 years of assisting low-income Canadians with their taxes, Heather MacKinnon continues to lead volunteers who help others gain access to essential financial resources.

Thomas Morin-Cabana
Saint-Georges, Quebec

Since 2011, Thomas Morin-Cabana has been volunteering in his community by helping out at Moisson Beauce, fundraising for the Citoyens du monde programme, and providing support to youth struggling with addiction and alcohol abuse. He is also a member of the Beauce Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Ken Hiu-Ming Ng
Unionville, Ontario

In 1981, Ken Hiu-Ming Ng founded and developed the Markham Chinese Cultural Centre. Through his work with various community organizations, he has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to promoting and improving intercultural co-operation.

Avinash Patel
Calgary, Alberta

For over four decades, Avinash Patel has been involved with the Gujarati Mandal of Calgary, an organization dedicated to supporting the culture and traditions of the Gujarat community. He is noted for organizing seniors' activities that enhance their quality of life.

Denis Pelletier
Cacouna, Quebec

Since 1970, Denis Pelletier has been volunteering in the areas of health and education in the communities where he has lived. His contributions have enabled his fellow citizens—young or old, sick or healthy—to make the most of their community through a better quality of life.

Vinh Phan
Toronto, Ontario

Vinh Phan has dedicated countless hours to assisting underprivileged and at-risk youth. Having worked to establish both Rumie and the Teen Legal Helpline, he has enabled young men and women in Canada and around the world to have access to legal advice and to engage with educational materials on an equal and unbiased basis.

Joffre Plaquin
Millet, Alberta

Joffre Plaquin is a dedicated community volunteer who works hard to serve and honour veterans, support youth and fundraise for health initiatives. His most notable achievements include the renaming of several streets in his town as a tribute to first responders, and the restoration of approximately 50 veterans' headstones.

George Poblete
Toronto, Ontario

For more than 50 years, George Poblete has enhanced the lives of people in his community by supporting numerous causes with dedication and passion, particularly those related to youth and sport, Filipino culture, and religious growth.

Sarah Rinke
Airdrie, Alberta

Sarah Rinke devotes her time and energy to numerous endeavours, both at her school and in her community. Whether she is leading a team at her school's Ride of the Mustangs fundraiser, helping out with the breakfast program, or working at the Airdrie Food Bank, she serves as an inspiration to her fellow citizens.

Margaret Roberts
Weston, Ontario

Margaret Roberts has been committed to helping hospital patients and those needing assistance for over 30 years. She has provided leadership and been an aspirational model with the Buttonwood Catholic Pastoral Services at West Park Hospital, where she has been dedicated to the well-being and spiritual healing of patients, and with Weston Area Emergency Support Food Bank, where she has inspired others-young and old alike-to help those less fortunate.

Claudette Savaria
Varennes, Quebec

For many years, horticulturist Claudette Savaria has been promoting the creation of green spaces and environmental protection in municipalities across Canada to help improve the quality of life of her fellow citizens. Of note, she has worked with the Association des responsables d'espaces verts du Québec, the international Livable Communities program and Communities in Bloom.

Adele Shamie
Toronto, Ontario

Adele Shamie's commitment to visual arts over the last 30 years has heralded great success for the Gardiner Museum. In addition to her tremendous knowledge of ceramics and strong relationships with the clientele, she has established many programs that support the museum and inspire creativity in Canada, including the Gardiner Shop, the Joy of Ceramics Luncheon and the 12 Trees of Christmas fundraiser and gala.

John Shaw
Brandon, Manitoba

John Shaw has been inspiring youth for 40 years. As the longest-serving volunteer with the Encounters with Canada program, he helped thousands of students learn about their country, explore career options and network with peers. He has also given his time to the United Church of Canada and to various youth sport organizations.

Joe Shea
Canmore, Alberta

In the early 1970s, Joe Shea helped establish Little League Canada in order to improve the game of baseball for children. Over the following years, he has volunteered as a coach, as a district administrator and as president of the League. Now serving as its Canadian regional director, he has fostered the growth of baseball programs across the country.

Harvey Shevalier
Sundre, Alberta

Harvey Shevalier has been an energetic volunteer in every community he has called home. He has been involved with such organizations as Scouts Canada, the Food Bank and the Legion; additionally, he was a driving force behind the introduction of veterans' licence plates in Alberta, and a key player in having a major highway renamed the Veterans Memorial Highway.

Darryl Sittler
Toronto, Ontario

Since the 1970s, Darryl Sittler has been a committed volunteer with Special Olympics Canada. In this capacity, he has attended countless luncheons and breakfasts, and continues to support and promote the organization through television and radio appearances.

June Switzer
Erin, Ontario

June Switzer has been an active volunteer and 4-H leader for over 40 years, with six years of service on the provincial council to her credit. She has led hundreds of clubs and is responsible for developing numerous provincial projects, such as Sporting Change and Lego Engineering.

Huguette Tardif
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

Huguette Tardif has devoted herself to giving back to her community by opening a clothing counter, volunteering for the local food bank and caring for a neighbour living with a disability. She offers moral support to all those she helps and makes a difference in the lives of many people.

Marjorie van de Sande
Calgary, Alberta

Since 1995, Marjorie van de Sande has increased public awareness of myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia syndrome while working to improve the lives of those afflicted. As a volunteer with the National ME/FM Action Network, and through her contributions to various non-profit medical initiatives, she has helped galvanize the interest of the international research community.

Mario Vincent
Warwick, Quebec

In 1993, Mario Vincent joined the Scout movement in his community and remains active at the district level. From the outset, he has endeavoured to encourage better scouting, because he cares deeply about the movement and the values it upholds.

Michael White
Bathurst, New Brunswick

Michael White has been volunteering with such organizations as the Royal Canadian Legion, Scouts Canada and Encounters with Canada for over 40 years, helping young Canadians become responsible, active citizens. In various roles, from mentor to executive, he has guided many of today's community leaders.

Cecil Whitten
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Cecil Whitten has long been a champion for those with disabilities, participating in a number of municipal committees and working groups, while also serving as a board member for several charitable organizations. His hard work has improved the lives of many, notably by making the city of St. John's more accessible to all of its residents.

Description of the Medal

The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.

The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the viceregal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.

The design of the medal was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, based on a concept by Darcy DeMarsico of the Chancellery of Honours. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at its Ottawa facility.

March 07, 2017

Governor General to Present Honours in London, Ontario-March 9, 2017

Governor General to Present Honours in London, Ontario

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present honours during a ceremony on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the London Convention Centre, in London, Ontario.

More than 45 remarkable Canadians will be recognized for their excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service with one of the following honours: the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, the Meritorious Service Decoration, the Decoration for Bravery, the Polar Medal or the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The ceremony will be streamed live online at www.gg.ca/live, starting at 2 p.m. EST.

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS

ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

Daniel J. Bowman, M.O.M.
Hamilton, Ontario
Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

For his progressive and innovative management of police resources within the Hamilton Police Services, and for his long-term community leadership.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Christopher Guiney, M.S.C., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

From August 2015 to January 2016, Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Christopher Guiney deployed to Ukraine as the inaugural task force commander. His exceptional leadership, professionalism and dedication shaped the structure of the task force, while the outstanding relationships he developed with the Canadian Embassy and the Armed Forces of Ukraine proved pivotal to creating a sustainable mission. Lieutenant-Colonel Guiney greatly contributed to strengthening Ukraine’s capacity for maintaining its sovereignty, security and stability.

Major Robert Paul Joseph Tremblay, M.S.C., C.D.
Hamilton, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

While serving in Haiti from March to September 2015 as United Nations and Haitian National Police (HNP) team leader, Major Robert Paul Joseph Tremblay played a key role in developing electoral security measures. Through his leadership, he helped to establish a command and control structure for operations by the HNP under complex and difficult circumstances. During this deployment, Major Tremblay forged an effective civilian-military team that advanced governance in the region, bringing great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

Jessica DiSabatino, M.S.C.
Calgary, Alberta
Robert David Ellis, M.S.C.
Paris, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

After losing a family member in a preventable workplace accident, Robert David Ellis and Jessica DiSabatino founded MySafeWork so that other young workers would know how to deal with unsafe situations in the workplace. Each year, they deliver presentations to over 100 000 students, employers and policy makers, empowering them to build a culture of safety in their industries.

Michael Kaufman, M.S.C.
The Honourable Jack Layton, P.C., M.S.C. (posthumous)
Ronald Sluser, M.S.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Michael Kaufman, Jack Layton and Ron Sluser challenged negative concepts of masculinity by getting men to talk about gender equality. Their efforts sparked the White Ribbon Campaign, which encourages men and boys to pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Today, the movement has spread to 60 countries, and continues to promote a safe and equitable future by having fathers and other male role models talk to boys about respect and healthy relationships.

The Meritorious Service Cross awarded to Dr. Kaufman will be presented to him at a later date.
The Meritorious Service Cross awarded to the late Honourable Jack Layton will be presented to his spouse, Ms. Olivia Chow.

Ting Yim Lee, M.S.C.
London, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Ting Yim Lee developed an algorithm to measure blood flow in people who have suffered a stroke or heart attack, or who are living with cancer. Marketed as software by General Electric, this major medical advancement has now been integrated into more than 8 000 medical imaging devices worldwide.

Mark Wafer, M.S.C.
Collingwood, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

Mark Wafer has tackled the issue of high unemployment rates among disabled Canadians head-on. Since opening the first of seven Tim Hortons stores, he has employed over 150 Canadians with disabilities in both management and customer service positions. His business model has proven fruitful in helping both his community and his bottom line. He now encourages other businesses to implement the same practices and to tap into this incredible talent pool.

Patricia S. Adachi, M.S.M.
Scarborough, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Pat Adachi wrote Asahi: A Baseball Legend, the true story of a Japanese-Canadian team that took the Pacific Northwest Baseball League by storm from 1914 to 1941. By shedding light on the challenges these players overcame during World War II and the dark period of Japanese-Canadian internment, she has not only preserved the history of a talented team, but also illuminated the healing power of sport.

Paul Finkelstein, M.S.M.
Stratford, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

With his organic gardens and experiential teaching approach, Paul Finkelstein is the backbone of the Screaming Avocado Café. This alternative, student-run cafeteria, located inside Stratford Northwestern Secondary School, teaches students the ins and outs of running a business as they develop healthy eating habits.

Ian Scott Graham, M.S.M.
Puslinch, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Long before the issue of bullying became headline news, Scott Graham started Kids 4 Kids, a leadership and anti-bullying program, in 1993. His sense of fun and his belief in celebrating our differences permeate his after-school sessions, summer camps and school assembly presentations. Through co-operative games, team-building exercises, music and frank discussions, he has instilled into thousands of youngsters a positive outlook and a lifelong sense of confidence.

Claire Hopkinson, M.S.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Claire Hopkinson realized her vision of connecting the city’s neighbourhoods through the arts as the head of the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. Her transformative, street-level arts programming, her support for emerging artists, and her dedicated advocacy and outreach efforts have had a broad impact on the city’s arts community and beyond.

Hal Johnson, M.S.M.
Joanne McLeod, M.S.M.
Oakville, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod initiated BodyBreak, a series of 90-second television segments that inspired viewers to “keep fit and have fun” through healthy nutrition and active living. Twenty-five years later, they remain active in community outreach and speaking engagements, positively impacting the health of Canadians across the country.

Michael Landsberg, M.S.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

In 2009, television personality Michael Landsberg publicly disclosed his struggles with mental illness during an interview on his program “Off The Record.” Since his candid disclosure, he has worked passionately to shatter the stigma associated with mental illness as an ambassador for the Bell Let’s Talk initiative and by mounting his own social media campaign, Sick Not Weak. His frank, honest and fearless dialogue has inspired countless Canadians to speak up and seek the help they need.

Narendra Chetram Singh, M.S.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Toronto-based pediatrician Narendra Chetram Singh founded Guyana Help the Kids in 2009 to address neonatal and infant mortality rates in his country of birth. He raised funds to procure essential equipment, then went on to establish a residency program in collaboration with Canadian universities to train Guyanese pediatricians and nurses. Thanks to his efforts, the infant mortality rate in Guyana’s largest hospital has decreased by nearly 40 per cent.

Dave Sopha, M.S.M.
Cambridge, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

With the desire to honour the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in combat in Afghanistan, Dave Sopha created a memorial painting entitled Portraits of Honour. In 2011, the mural went on a cross-Canada tour dedicated to the families who had lost a loved one, visiting the hometowns of the fallen and communities housing a military base, helping the families to move through their grief.

 

DECORATIONS FOR BRAVERY

John Allison, M.B.
John McDonald, M.B.
Robert Stokes, M.B.
Petrolia, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On April 22, 2015, John Allison, John McDonald and Robert Stokes rescued an elderly woman from her burning car in Petrolia, Ontario. The injured victim tried exiting through the window, but her legs became stuck beneath the steering wheel. Mr. Allison reached inside the car and, after several attempts, managed to free the trapped victim. Messrs. McDonald and Stokes then assisted Mr. Allison in pulling her out of the vehicle and carrying her across the road to safety.

Special Constable Joshua Ford, M.B.
Barrie, Ontario
Constable Blake Pyatt, M.B.
Angus, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On September 12, 2015, Special Constable Joshua Ford and Constable Blake Pyatt, of the Barrie Police Service, rescued a man who was trapped in his car following an accident in Barrie, Ontario. As the officers entered the overturned vehicle, they found fuel leaking past exposed wires and into the cabin, soaking their clothes. Racing against time, the two officers quickly cut the victim free from his seatbelt and pulled him from the wreck.

Barry Gateman, M.B.
Elmwood, Ontario
James Sylvest, M.B.
South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On October 1, 2015, Barry Gateman and James Sylvest rescued a woman from a burning vehicle in South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. The victim’s car had rolled and collided with a hydro pole, causing live wires to fall on her vehicle as it caught fire. Despite the danger, Messrs. Gateman and Sylvest reached inside the wreck, pulled the woman out and brought her a safe distance away.

Constable Zoran Ivkovic, M.B.
Toronto, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On March 31, 2015, Constable Zoran Ivkovic, of the Toronto Police Service, rescued a young boy from a burning apartment in Toronto, Ontario. Advised that the child was trapped inside the unit, Constable Ivkovic ran into the smoke-filled building. Crawling on his stomach, he banged on doors to alert tenants to the fire until he reached the victim’s unit at the end of the hallway. He then forced open the apartment door, and called for the boy. After hearing a faint moan, he located the child close by and pulled him to safety.

Darren Life, M.B.
Peterborough, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On June 29, 2015, Darren Life rescued four people who were in danger of drowning in the Otonabee River, in Peterborough, Ontario. When two children fell into the river, three adult family members jumped in after them, but became distressed. Hearing the commotion, Mr. Life swam towards the victims. He gave a life ring to the adults before swimming to the children, who had been swept away by the current, and brought them one by one to the ring. He then attempted to tow them all to shore but, tiring from the effort, had to grab onto another life ring thrown at him by bystanders, who then pulled the group to safety. Sadly, one of the adults could not be rescued.


POLAR MEDAL

Jill Heinerth
Mississauga, Ontario

Jill Heinerth is an expert technical diver, writer, photographer, filmmaker and the inaugural explorer-in-residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Considered one of the most accomplished explorers and underwater cave divers in the world, she has excelled at this high-risk activity with unparalleled skill. Her work has helped researchers unlock the history of climate change while broadening our understanding of the underwater ecosystems present in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.


SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Bryan Beattie
Grand Bend, Ontario

A volunteer with the Rotary Club of Grand Bend for the past 24 years, Bryan Beattie has contributed to the success of initiatives to eradicate polio, promote global literacy, enhance the community and support local charitable organizations. His dedication, his involvement in various causes, and his advice and expertise have brought success to many projects, including the Huron Country Playhouse, for which he has been a champion of artistic and cultural opportunities.

Richard Cadilha
Kitchener, Ontario

Richard Cadilha seeks to promote healthy living among young people through the Ontario Hockey Association and the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy, where he has coached for over two decades. He has also served on sports committees, most notably the Organizing Committee for the Special Hockey International Tournament for Autistic Children.

Aslam Daud
Maple, Ontario

Since founding the Canadian chapter of Humanity First in 2004, Aslam Daud has divided his volunteer time between local and international projects, from disaster relief assistance to supporting a food bank that delivers food to the doorsteps of the needy in the Greater Toronto Area. He recently undertook the challenge of raising an additional $4 million to complete the Humanity First Community Centre in his home community of Maple, Ontario.

Miranda Germani
Toronto, Ontario

For over a decade, Miranda Germani has raised funds for several health-related organizations, ranging from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has also been a long-standing volunteer with the Canadian Public Relations Society, and recently participated in a toy drive for Syrian refugees being resettled in the Toronto area.

Cathy Gerrow
Acton, Ontario

Cathy Gerrow has been the face of the Acton branch of the Canadian Cancer Society for nearly 30 years and has maintained her unwavering commitment to its aims and mission. She has served in a broad range of roles, including Daffodil Month organizer, fundraising volunteer and canvasser, branch president and organizer of the Society’s fashion shows. She has also helped coordinate and mentor new volunteers.

Doug Gough
Toronto, Ontario

For more than 50 years, Doug Gough has been volunteering in various capacities with Scouts Canada, most recently as registrar of the Greater Toronto Council, where he helps administer the No One Left Behind program. Since 2011, he has been working with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to help young patients register for modified scouting programs.

Denis Hoban
Toronto, Ontario

For over 50 years, Denis Hoban has been dedicating his time to help improve the quality of life of the sick, elderly and underprivileged in his community through various charitable organizations and initiatives. He has been the minister of communion at the Immaculate Conception Parish, an active member of the Knights of Columbus, grand prior of the Order of St. Stanislas for Canada, and a volunteer with the Learning Enrichment Foundation, where he has been helping newcomers to Canada for nearly four decades.

Suzanne Holmes
London, Ontario

Suzanne Holmes has been volunteering in her community since 2002 and served as president of the Cercle des copains de London for 14 years. Her leadership and vision have had a significant impact on the Francophone and Francophile community.

John Hunt
Woodstock, Ontario

Since 2004, John Hunt has been volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, where he promotes awareness, facilitates community partnerships, co-chairs Woodstock’s annual Relay for Life and serves as chair of the Regional Advisory Committee. His efforts have made a significant contribution to the fight against cancer.

Raymond Knight
Brantford, Ontario

Raymond Knight has supported his community through a broad spectrum of charitable organizations for nearly 20 years, helping the underprivileged, parents, children, seniors and those affected by serious medical conditions. He has donated hundreds of hours to organizations like the Brantford Food Bank, Help a Child Reach for Tomorrow, and the Church of Christ, always going out of his way to help others in need.

Duncan LeBlanc
Scarborough, Ontario

In addition to coaching several high school sports teams, Duncan LeBlanc has been involved with Special Olympics Ontario for the past decade, most recently as part of the coaching staff at the 2016 National Winter Games. Since 2005, he has been serving as a representative for Autism Ontario on the local school board’s Special Education Advisory Committee.

John Leitch
London, Ontario

Through his leadership, John Leitch has pushed for a more open and caring Canada for over 30 years. He has served on the boards of such organizations as the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Thames Valley Education Foundation, and United Way London & Middlesex.

Pat Palmer
Shedden, Ontario

For over 25 years, Pat Palmer has served as president and secretary of the Shedden Women’s Institute and of 4-H, where she has coordinated such initiatives as the annual Go for the Gold competition. Her dedication has brought innumerable opportunities for both young and old in Elgin County.

Dennis Sauve
LaSalle, Ontario

As a director of Windsor Lifeline Outreach, Dennis Sauve manages the food bank and the clothing distribution centre. He builds partnerships and volunteers on a daily basis to help the charity assist some 600 families per month, as well as individuals affected by natural disasters, both locally and internationally.

John D. Scott
Fergus, Ontario

Since 1990, John D. Scott has been involved with Lyme Ontario, where he has served as president for 17 years. Throughout this period, he has raised awareness of Lyme disease by organizing international conferences, distributing written material, establishing support groups and conducting his own research, which has been recognized by the scientific community.

Benny Kwok Man Tam
Markham, Ontario

As a volunteer with the 11th Toronto Scout Group since its founding in 1990, Benny Tam has been assisting with the delivery of the youth program, coordinating fundraisers and developing training programs. From 1990 to 1994, he was also part of a network that helped new Hong Kong immigrants integrate into the Toronto community.

Matthew Wakem
St. Mary’s, Ontario

Over the course of 12 years, Matthew Wakem has accrued 15 000 community service hours for St. John Ambulance. He also volunteers with physically challenged individuals and is the founder of the St. Mary’s Leo Club, a youth-run component of the St. Mary’s Lions Club.

David G. Ward
Caledon, Ontario

Since joining the Trans Canada Trail’s (TCT) board of directors in 2000, David Ward has provided valuable leadership and dedication to the organization. Thanks to his creativity and discipline, the TCT overcame financial challenges following the completion of the Millennium Relay, which allowed for the continued expansion of the Trail.

George Wilkinson
London, Ontario

For over 10 years, George Wilkinson has proven himself to be a devoted humanitarian and goodwill ambassador by donating his time locally and internationally to those in need. He has travelled to post-Katrina New Orleans and Mississippi, as well as to Nicaragua in 2013, helping people there rebuild their lives; he has also aided in the recovery and return of Second World War German and Russian remains in Latvia and is active in his own community as a coach for the Special Olympics.

Kathryn Zador
Kitchener, Ontario

After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Kathryn Zador founded FibroMoves 10 years ago, a warm-water pool rehabilitation program intended to help fibromyalgia sufferers. Dedicated to public health and well-being, she is also a supporter of the Kitchener-Waterloo Fibromyalgia Support Group and the Canadian Aqua-fitness Leadership Alliance.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON CANADIAN HONOURS

About the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian police services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development. There are three categories of membership: Commander, Officer and Member.

About the Decorations for Bravery

Created in 1972, the Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger. The three levels of the Decorations for Bravery reflect the degree to which the recipients put themselves at risk: the Cross of Valour recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

About the Meritorious Service Decorations

The Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

The Military Division recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner or of a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

The Civil Division recognizes remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts. The contributions can be innovative, set an example for others to follow, or improve the quality of life of a community. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit merit.gg.ca.

About the Polar Medal

The Polar Medal celebrates Canada’s northern heritage and recognizes persons who render extraordinary services in the polar regions and in Canada’s North. As an official honour created by the Crown, the Polar Medal incorporated and replaced the Governor General’s Northern Medal, created in 2005 by then-Governor General the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.

About the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of individuals from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers.

February 28, 2017

Governor General to Present Honours in Montréal- March 1, 2017

Governor General to Present Honours in Montréal

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present a Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division) to Mr. Pernell-Karl (P.K.) Subban and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 12 deserving individuals from the Montréal region. The ceremony will take place in the P.K. Subban Atrium of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATION

Pernell-Karl Sylvester Subban, M.S.C.
Nashville, Tennessee and Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

A member of the board of directors of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and spokesman for the Montreal Children’s Hospital, hockey defenceman Pernell-Karl (P.K.) Subban made the largest-ever donation by a professional athlete in Canadian history. Working with the hospital, he created P.K.’s Helping Hand, a fund dedicated to supporting families struggling financially as a result of their child’s illness. His generous gift stands as an example of how professional athletes can positively change lives in their communities.

SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Lucie Bombardier
Longueuil, Quebec

As the lead volunteer with the Club des petits déjeuners at École Hubert-Perron over the past 20 years, Lucie Bombardier has logged 3 200 mornings, 9 600 hours and more than 256 000 breakfasts served. Her warmth, dedication and effort have placed children in a better position to succeed at school and in their community.

Glynis Burton-Jenkins
Saint-Lazare, Quebec

In addition to helping the poor in India and Africa, Glynis Jenkins is a founder and director of Montréal’s Extended Hands, a food bank and kitchen serving the community of Lachine. Under her management, its programs have grown to include clothing and furniture distribution throughout the city.

Lise Gauthier
Boucherville, Quebec

For the past three decades, Lise Gauthier has been volunteering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, where she is a master instructor. Her ongoing efforts, notably the numerous training courses she offers free of charge, contribute to the prevention of cardiac injuries and illnesses, and to the development of emergency medical care.

Marc-André Gélinas
Longueuil, Quebec

Marc-André Gélinas has brought his enthusiasm and expertise to various economic, social, youth, municipal and humanitarian organizations. His work as a mentor with Futurpreneur, with the Red Cross, or with municipal youth and urban planning groups, demonstrates the breadth of his commitment.

Louis-Gabriel Girard
Boucherville, Quebec

Louis-Gabriel Girard is a student involved in both his school and community. He was part of an international co-operation trip to Ecuador and has more recently taken part in activities organized by Groupe HumaniTerre, which helps those most in need, notably by raising funds to support refugees in Kenya.

Virginia Lafleur
Montréal, Quebec

Since retiring in 1998, Sister Virginia has given of her time and attention to those in need in the Montréal community. She has helped shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, shepherd the ailing to medical appointments, and bring comfort to critically ill infants and their parents during difficult times.

Guy Lapointe
Prévost, Quebec

For 25 years, Guy Lapointe has been responding to emergencies and helping to save lives as an active member of search and rescue groups. His work has ensured new generations of volunteers are well trained and has strengthened collaboration among emergency services personnel.

Jean-Marie Lapointe
Montréal, Quebec

Since 1996, Jean-Marie Lapointe has improved his community through his work with a number of causes. He has been a volunteer and spokesperson for Défi sportif AlterGo since 2002, has provided support to terminally ill children through Leucan, and was closely involved in establishing la Maison l’Éclaircie, where he continues to serve as spokesperson.

Martin Lessard
Montérégie Region, Quebec

For over 15 years, Martin Lessard has been involved with the Canadian Organ Donors Association. As coordinator of the police volunteers serving the Montréal area, he ensures the transport of organs, tissues and medical teams between hospitals or from the airport to collection or transplant centres in Quebec.

Carol Manning
Westmount, Quebec

Carol Manning has helped foster a culture of caring at Selwyn House School by encouraging students to volunteer at the Christ Church Cathedral in Montréal, where she has been serving meals to the city’s homeless population for the past 18 years. She also oversees a number of student-led initiatives, most notably donation drives to the NDG Food Depot, a local food bank.

Emma Prat
Saint-Lambert, Quebec

Emma Prat has been involved in her community for as long as she has been in school. She supports a number of causes that are dear to her, including an elementary school’s breakfast club, a fundraiser to help disaster victims in Nepal, and Groupe HumaniTerre, which organizes various activities to support those most in need.

Nicolas Steinmetz
Westmount, Quebec

An active member of the volunteer board of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation since 2005, Dr. Nicolas Steinmetz has held various executive positions including that of chair. His leadership and dedication were instrumental in realizing the capital campaign goal of $100 million, and in uniting pediatric and adult health care on one site.