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Minister Blaney Honours Exceptional Citizens from British Columbia

VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Thirteen citizens from British Columbia were honoured today for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented these individuals with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Vancouver.

"Today, our Government is proud to recognize a number of outstanding individuals who devote their lives to honouring the sacrifices and contributions of our nation's heroes," said Minister Blaney. "These are men and women who, through their selfless dedication, have had a positive impact on the lives of Veterans and in celebrating the incredible achievements of our Veterans."

The Minister presented the Commendation to the following individuals:

Warren Byrnell, Pitt Meadows   Donald Mann, Saanichton
Horace "Gerry" Gerrard, Victoria   Jennifer McFarlane, Victoria
Harry Glowachuk, Surrey   Lee Naylor, Hope
John Goheen, Port Coquitlam   Janet Robertson, Quesnel
Neil Jarvie, Trail   Patricia Slark, Burnaby
Richard Lundin, Osoyoos   Ronald Webber, Courtenay
Valerie MacGregor, North Vancouver  

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation includes a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a recipient's blazer, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate.

The Commendation is presented to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily for Veterans, but in some circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.

For more information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including the accomplishments and biographies of the recipients, visit veterans.gc.ca.

SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada

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