Military Employer Support Awards Ceremony
May 26, 2017 – OTTAWA – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Employers and educators from across Canada were recognized yesterday by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) for outstanding support to their employees and students who serve as Reservists in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Organizations from every province were honoured for their ongoing efforts and flexibility to support their reservists.
VIA Rail took the top trophy for Most Supportive Employer – National, not only for their efforts to support their own reservist employees but for also offering discounted fares to all Canadian Armed Forces members.
Provincial winners for “Most Supportive Employer” included:
- Eastern Health – Newfoundland and Labrador
- Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre – Nova Scotia
- Leary’s Independent Grocer – Prince Edward Island
- Saint John Fire Department – New Brunswick
- VIA Rail - Quebec
- Corporation of the City of Mississauga – Ontario
- Manitoba Public Insurance – Manitoba
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic – Saskatchewan
- Calgary Fire Department – Alberta
- Hawthorne, Piggot and Co – British Columbia
- Yukon Diocese, Anglican Church – Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon
Special Award for “Continuing Support to Reservists” winners:
- Dalhousie University – Nova Scotia
- Queen Elizabeth Emergency Department and Health – Prince Edward Island
- University of New Brunswick – New Brunswick
- Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Fire and Emergency Services – Ontario
- Norman Paterson School of International Affairs – Ontario
- Regina Correctional Centre – Saskatchewan
- Prostar Well Service – Alberta
- Correctional Services of Canada, Mountain Institution – British Columbia
- University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus – British Columbia
- Government of Nunavut, Kivalliq School Operations – Nunavut
- Fireweed RV Services Ltd - Yukon
Each of these employers works hard to develop programs and policies that allow their reservist employees to attend military training and deploy on operations when needed, without jeopardizing their careers or their educational progress.
“Canada’s active reservists are a vital element of the Canadian Armed Forces. They contribute to keeping Canadians safe both at home and abroad, and enhance the Canadian Armed Forces capability to operate. These awards recognize the employers and educational institutes who demonstrate their respect for this valuable contribution by reducing the challenge of balancing civilian employment and military service.”
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Acting Vice-Chief of Defence Staff
Employer Support Awards are presented every two years at the provincial and national levels. All Canadian employers and educational institutions, private and public sector, are eligible.
The afternoon (provincial) ceremony at Cartier Square Drill Hall included addresses and presentations by Acting Vice-Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ron Lloyd, and Scott Shepherd, National Chair, Canadian Forces Liaison Council.
The evening (national) ceremony at the Canadian War Museum included addresses and presentations by Jody Thomas, Senior Deputy Minister of Defence, Tom Jackson, Canadian entertainer and Ambassador to the Invictus Games and Major-General Paul Bury, Chief of Reserves.
The CFLC is a group of civilian business people who volunteer to promote the reserve force. They work with civilian employers and educational institutions to encourage creative policies to support CAF members serving in the reserves.
Reservists themselves nominate their employers in appreciation of the support they receive, and a subcommittee of the CFLC selects the winners. The categories consist of Most Supportive Employer in each province, a Special Award for Continuing Support, and a national Award for Most Supportive Employer.
Captain Donna Riguidel, CD
Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Forces Liaison Council
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