Canadian recognized for their volunteer efforts in helping Veterans
9 November 2021 - Ottawa, ON - Veterans Affairs Canada
Canadians have many reasons to show gratitude to our Veterans. Whether for the freedoms and peace that we enjoy at home today, or for the peace they helped establish and maintain around the world. Recognizing these contributions, many Canadians dedicate time and effort to commemorate Veterans and their service.
Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to the following Ontario resident in recognition of their contributions in service to Canada’s Veterans:
- Brian James Patterson, OStJ - Newmarket, ON
Since its creation in 2001, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation has been awarded each year to deserving Canadians who have improved the care and well-being of our Veterans, or honoured the sacrifices they have made. Close to 1,200 individuals from across provinces and territories have been awarded the Commendation over the past two decades.
“For decades, during and after his own service ended, Brian Patterson has been relentless in his efforts to help other Veterans. Whether organizing donations of cellphones to homeless Veterans or volunteering with programs offering shelter for those experiencing homelessness, in addition to participating in many other initiatives, Brian is truly deserving of this recognition.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation was created in 2001 by Warrant of the Governor General and with the approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Since 2001, close to 1,200 people have received this award.
The Commendation consists of a certificate, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a bar for wear with decorations.
The design is a gold maple leaf resting on a red poppy— a flower long associated with the sacrifices of war— with the Royal Crown on the top of the pin.
Veterans Affairs Canada
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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