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February 10, 2012
Ottawa —On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country, presented Kelowna resident James Shackleton with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. The presentation was made during an informal ceremony in Kelowna.
“Mr. Shackleton has made a real and lasting difference with his service and dedication to our nation’s truest heroes,” said Minister Blaney. “Our Government is proud to acknowledge his extraordinary efforts in helping to provide the care and recognition our Veterans and their families deserve by awarding Mr. Shackleton the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.”
“I am proud to recognize such a remarkable individual who has devoted his life to serving his fellow comrades,” stated Mr. Cannan. “After bravely serving our country, he has provided care and comfort to countless Veterans and their families, at a time when they needed it most. Mr. Shackleton is truly a deserving recipient of this award.”
Mr. Shackleton is a Canadian Forces Veteran. He has also held almost every executive position in his Royal Canadian Legion branch, including vice-president and president. He is a member of the Branch Colour Party and, for the past ten years, has made the arrangements for the Legion portion of funeral services. This involves visiting bereaved families and funeral homes, liaising with clergy and arranging the attendance of Branch members at funeral services. Mr. Shackleton also devotes considerable time to visiting Veterans and widows at home, in hospitals and in retirement homes.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation includes a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a Veteran’s blazer, as well as a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate.
The Commendation is presented to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily for Veterans, but in some circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.
Find more information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, including the accomplishments and biography of the recipient, at veterans.gc.ca.
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