Dedicated Canadians recognized for their volunteer contributions during Veterans’ Week

News release

10 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, especially during Veterans’ Week.  

Today, during Veterans’ Week, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to the following individuals in recognition of their annual contributions to commemorative events and ceremonies in Ottawa every November, and throughout the calendar year.

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.

Quotes

Rabbi Bulka and Suzanne Sarault have made countless contributions each year, to ceremonies in Ottawa commemorating Canada’s Veterans. During past Veterans’ Weeks, their volunteer time and efforts have helped all those in Ottawa pay tribute to those who bravely served.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Quick facts

  • 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.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468
media@veterans.gc.ca

Cameron McNeill,
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
cameron.mcneill@veterans.gc.ca

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