26 years of promoting the value of Reserve Service – Miller Ayre – Recipient of the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service

June 10, 2021 - Defence Stories

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Mr. Miller Ayre receives the Canadian Forces Medallion for distinguished Service, presented by Cdr. Allan Brown and CPO2 Allison Tilley, Comd Team for HMCS CABOT, at the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club, St. John’s Newfoundland on 6 May 2021.

Although no stranger to recognizing the value of service, Miller Ayre is likely more familiar with recognizing others than he is with receiving recognition. After all, the Canadian Forces Liaison Council is just one of the many causes he has dedicated his time to, being a director of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s Advisory Council, the Canadian Deafness Research and Training Institute and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, among many others who have benefitted from his skills, knowledge and connections.

In a presentation modified for COVID-19 restrictions, Mr. Ayre was presented the Canadian Forces Medallion for over 25 years of distinguished service and contributions towards the Canadian Forces Reserves, at the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club near his home of St. John’s Newfoundland on 6 May 2021. Joined virtually by his son Andrew in California, and Daughter Deidre in Prince Edward Island, with his wife by his side, Miller Ayre was presented the medallion by the local Reserve Force Command Teams from HMCS Cabot and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, and virtually by Chief of Reserves and Employer Support, MGen Rob Roy MacKenzie and Director Employer Support Programs, Mr. Ray Coutu. The citation reads: “Since joining the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) in 1994, Mr. Ayre has demonstrated tireless dedication towards reservists across Canada. Upon taking the helm of the CFLC Honours and Awards Program in 2011, he used his extensive professional and personal network to revitalize and restructure the program, this enhancing the number of award nominations. Mr. Ayre’s professionalism and leadership have contributed to the phenomenal success of the program, which benefitted thousands of reservists.”

Mr. Ayre is a fitting recipient for this award, having applied his industry experience and insights into the changing Canadian landscape to help promote the value of Reserve service not only in his home of Newfoundland and Labrador, but across the country. His legacy lives on in the form of renewed recognition programs that recognize the efforts of employers and educators who go the extra mile in facilitating both reserve training and deployments on operations.

Congratulations Mr. Ayre!

For more information on how you can nominate your employer or educator, visit the Supporting reservists and employers web page.

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Mr. Miller Ayre, pictured with his wife Deb Murray after receiving the Canadian Forces Medallion for distinguished Service at the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club, St. John’s Newfoundland on 6 May 2021.

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Mr. Miller Ayre receives the Canadian Forces Medallion for distinguished Service, presented by Cdr. Allan Brown and CPO2 Allison Tilley, Comd Team for HMCS CABOT, at the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club, St. John’s Newfoundland on 6 May 2021.

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Mr. Miller Ayre receives the citation and lapel pin that accompanies the Canadian Forces Medallion for distinguished Service, presented by LCol Kyle Strong and CWO John Heffernan, Comd Team for 1 Royal Newfound Land Regiment, at the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club, St. John’s Newfoundland on 6 May 2021.

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