Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region Exemplary Service Medals

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Awarded February 20, 2019

The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is part of the Canadian Honours System and recognizes Coast Guard employees who provide exemplary service in difficult or critical situations.

Canadian Coast Guard employees who have worked a minimum of 20 years with the Department, with at least 10 years in a risk environment, are eligible for the award when that service is marked by exemplary conduct. After 30 years of service, employees are eligible to receive the Bar that attaches to the medal.

Exemplary Service Medal Recipients

1.      Ernest Baker

Originally from Harbour Mill, NL, Ernest Baker began his Canadian Coast Guard career in 1992 as an electrical officer on the CCGS Sir John Franklin.  Throughout his career, Mr. Baker has worked on a number of Coast Guard ships including the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert, CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell and the CCGS Ann Harvey.  He has earned the reputation of being a highly dependable, capable officer in his field and is currently working onboard the CCGS George R. Pearkes.

2.      Captain Windross Banton

Captain Banton, originally from Winterton, NL, began his Coast Guard career in 1986 as a seaman onboard the CCGS John Cabot.  Over the course of his career, he has progressed through the navigational ranks and eventually assumed command in 1991 onboard the CCGS Harp.  Since that time, he has been commanding officer on a number of CCG vessels including the CCGS Leonard J. Cowley, CCGS J.E. Bernier, CCGS Henry Larsen and is currently assigned as the commanding officer onboard the CCGS Terry Fox.  Captain Banton has been involved in numerous search and rescue operations and has played an instrumental role in icebreaking operations in our region.

3.      Dennis Carter

Dennis Carter hails from  Greenspond, Bonavista Bay, NL and joined the Coast Guard in 1991 as an oiler onboard the CCGS Ann Harvey.  Throughout his career, he has worked on the CCGS Sir John Franklin and since 1999 onboard the CCGS Henry Larsen.  He has worked nineteen seasons in the Arctic and was appointed as an engine room technician in 2009.

4.      Wilfred Emberley

Wilfred Emberley, originally from Upper Island Cover, NL, began his Coast Guard career in 1990 as a deckhand and worked with the Coast Guard Central and Arctic Region on the Great Lakes for over eighteen years.  Over the course of his career he has worked on a number of CCG ships including the CCGS Simcoe, CCGS Griffon, CCGS Ann Harvey and the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

5.      James LePrieur

James LePrieur hails from Corner Brook, NL and began his Canadian Coast Guard career in 1990 as an electrical officer onboard the CCGS Sir John Franklin.  Mr. LePrieur has sailed on various CCG ships including the CCGS Ann Harvey and the CCGS George R. Pearkes.  In 2009, Mr. LePrieur was appointed to the position of senior electrical officer and has been assigned to the CCGS Henry Larsen for the past ten years.

6.      Captain Neil MacDonald

Originally from Gaultois, NL, Captain MacDonald began his career with the Canadian Coast Guard in 1996 and first served as a deckhand onboard the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert.  While having worked in a variety of navigational officer capacities on numerous CCG Ships, Captain MacDonald spent the majority of his career working offshore fisheries patrol onboard the CCGS Leonard J. Cowley and the CCGS Cygnus.  Captain MacDonald is currently the commanding officer of the CCGS Henry Larsen and plays a vital role in icebreaking operations in our region.    

7.      Captain Roy Penney

Captain Roy Penney began his Coast Guard career in 1986 as a navigational officer on the CCGS Cape Roger.  Throughout his career, Captain Penney has sailed on a number of CCG Ships including the CCGS Cygnus, CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert, CCGS Leonard J. Cowley and currently holds the position of commanding officer onboard the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell.  Captain Penney has worked various high profile Coast Guard operations in the areas of fisheries patrol, search and rescue and icebreaking.

8.      Captain Elotus Sturge

Originally from Valleyfield, NL, Captain Elotus Sturge began his career with the Canadian Coast Guard in 1995 as a deckhand onboard the CCGS Shamook.  While working on various Coast Guard Ships including the CCGS Groswater Bay, CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell and the CCGS Ann Harvey, Captain Sturge progressed through the navigational ranks and is currently working as the commanding officer of the CCGS Leonard J. Cowley.  Captain Sturge has worked a significant portion of his career on fisheries patrol, buoy tending operations and search and rescue.

9.      Captain Jerry Williams

Captain Jerry Williams is originally from Bay Bulls, NL and began his Coast Guard career in 1995 as a seaman onboard the CCGS Cygnus.  His career has seen him work on a number of CCG vessels including the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert, CCGS J.E. Bernier and the CCGS Leonard J. Cowley.  While advancing through the navigational ranks and holding command positions on various ships, Captain Williams Coast Guard career came full circle as he is finishing his career as commanding officer on the CCGS Cygnus with his retirement planned in the coming months.

Exemplary Service Medal and First Bar Recipients

1.      Captain Chris Boyd

Captain Chris Boyd hails from Twillingate, NL and began his career with the Canadian Coast Guard in 1983 as a navigation cadet onboard the CCGS Grenfell.  Throughout his career Captain Boyd has worked in various navigational capacities including that of seaman, leading seaman, boatswain, navigational officer, first officer, chief officer and eventually obtained a command position in 2003.  Captain Boyd has sailed on a variety of CCG ships including the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell, CCGS Ann Harvey, CCGS Cygnus and currently holds the position of commanding officer onboard the CCGS Teleost.

2.      Edward Bridgeman

Originally from St. Brendan’s island, off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Edward Bridgeman joined the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert as a deckhand on December 24, 1985.    Over the course of his thirty-three (33) year career he has sailed on numerous CCG vessels including the CCGS John Cabot, CCGS George R. Pearkes and the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.  He has held the positions of leading seaman and boatswain’s mate and is currently working as a boatswain on the CCGS Captain Molly Kool.  

3.      Dale Collins

Dale Collins, originally from Placentia, NL, began is Coast Guard career in 1985 as a steward onboard the CCGS Leonard J. Cowley.  He has worked on a variety on CCG ships including the CCGS Cape Roger, CCGS Vladykov and the CCGS Terry Fox.  Mr. Collins has had the unique experience of serving in the navigation, engineering and logistics departments onboard Coast Guard vessels and his shore based experiences in the areas of search and rescue and Canadian hydrography services have served him well throughout his career.  He is a member of the rescue specialist program and is certified in armed boarding.

4.      Captain Chris Ropson

Captain Chris Ropson began his Coast Guard career in 1985 as a deckhand on the CCGS Skidegate.  While advancing through the ranks, Captain Ropson has served on a number of CCG Ships including the CCGS Harp, CCGS Hood, CCGS Cape Roger and currently holds the position of commanding officer onboard the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell.  Throughout his career, Captain Ropson has worked various CCG programs including buoy tending, science missions, fisheries patrol and search and rescue operations.

Exemplary First Bar Recipients

1.      Andrew Duke (retired)

Andrew Duke began is career with the Canadian Coast Guard in 1984 as a deckhand onboard the CCGS John Cabot and eventually assumed the role leading seaman.  After working for ten (10) years on the CCGS Hood and a variety of other CCG ships, Mr. Duke joined the search and rescue inshore rescue boat program as a coxswain and was a key contributor in both RHIOT, zodiac and small craft training.  He also worked in the position of SAR IRB coordinator and SAR training officer up to his retirement in November 2017.  Mr. Duke was recognized as being a twenty-five year long time member of the search and rescue (SAR) rescue specialist program.

2.       Derek Frye (retired)
Originally from Musgravetown, NL, Mr. Frye began his career with Canadian Coast Guard as a Deckhand in 1983.  He was quickly promoted to the position of second officer where he earned the respect of his colleagues for his dedication and exceptional work ethic.  Throughout his career, he worked on a variety of CCG vessels including the CCGS John Cabot, the CCGS Bartlett, and the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert.  In 2017 he retired after many years working on the CCGS Ann Harvey


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