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Order of Merit of the Police Forces Investiture Ceremony

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June 6, 2011

Governor General to Invest 42 Recipients into
the Order of Merit of the Police Forces on its 10th anniversary

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Merit of the Police Forces investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. Seven Officers and 35 Members will be invested in the Order.

This ceremony will mark the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. “It is an honour to celebrate the exceptional careers of the men and women who serve with the Canadian Police Services,” said His Excellency, who is chancellor of the Order. “They go beyond the call of duty in situations that require them to do so, and I am pleased to pay tribute to their dedication as we celebrate the 10th anniversary investiture of this Order.”

This honour was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of the Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. Three levels of membership with post-nominal letters reflect long-term, outstanding service: Commander (C.O.M.), Officer (O.O.M.) and Member (M.O.M.).

A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients and a backgrounder on the Order are attached.

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Media interested in covering this ceremony are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m., on the day of the event.

For information on the Order and on the ceremony:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

For information on the police forces recipients:
Sara Sowieta
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
613-233-1106
sara@cacp.ca

For information on the RCMP recipients:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Media Relations
613-993-2999
www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca



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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:00 a.m.:      Media arrive at Rideau Hall
11:00 a.m.:      Ceremony begins
                       The Governor General speaks
                       The Governor General presents the insignia
                       (Officers first, followed by Members)
Noon:               Interviews with recipients


RECIPIENTS

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

Assistant Commissioner Line Carbonneau, O.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Westmount, Que.

Chief Robert Herman, O.O.M.

Thunder Bay Police Service, Ont.

Deputy Chief Constable Warren Lemcke, O.O.M.

Vancouver Police Department, B.C.

Chief Dale R. McFee, O.O.M.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Prince Albert Police Service, Sask.

Superintendent Brian Simpson, O.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Red Deer, Alta.

Chief A. Paul Smith, O.O.M.

Charlottetown Police Services, P.E.I.

Chief Wendy Southall, O.O.M.

Niagara Regional Police Service, Ont.


MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES

Deputy Chief Danny Aikman, M.O.M.

Cornwall Community Police Service, Ont.

Director Serge Bélisle, M.O.M.

Service de police de la Ville de Québec, Que.

Deputy Chief Gary Broste, M.O.M., M.B.

Saskatoon Police Service, Sask.

Sergeant John William Burchill, M.O.M.

Winnipeg Police Service, Man.

Assistant Commissioner J. G. P. Michel Cabana, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.

Staff Sergeant Jean-Marc Collin, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Moncton, N.B.

Deputy Chief Troy Cooper, M.O.M.

Prince Albert Police Service, Sask.

Superintendent Robert Davis, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Newmarket, Ont.

Chief Glenn De Caire, M.O.M.

Hamilton Police Service, Ont.

Chief Henry DeLaronde, M.O.M.

Treaty Three Police Service, Kenora, Ont.

Chief Frank Elsner, M.O.M.

Greater Sudbury Police Service, Ont.

Deputy Chief Eric Girt, M.O.M.

Hamilton Police Service, Ont.

Chaplain R. A. (Bob) Harper, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton, Alta.

Superintendent Timothy Head, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.

Sergeant Toby Hinton, M.O.M.

Vancouver Police Department, B.C.

Superintendent Andrew Hobbs, M.O.M.

Vancouver Police Department, B.C.

Superintendent Jamie Jagoe, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Kitchener, Ont.

Ms. Kristine Kijewski, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ont.

Chief Superintendent Alphonse MacNeil, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.

Ms. Sylvie Mantha, M.O.M.

Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau, Que.

Superintendent Kathryn Martin, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ont.

Assistant Commissioner Dale McGowan, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Regina, Sask.

Staff Superintendent Jeffrey McGuire, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ont.

Chief Stephen McIntyre, M.O.M.

Rothesay Regional Police Force, N.B.

Chief Superintendent Blair McKnight, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Halifax, N.S.

Staff Sergeant Terry McLachlan, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Kelowna, B.C.

Detective Raymond Wai-Sang Miu, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ont.

Deputy Chief Robert Napier, M.O.M.

Kingston Police, Ont.

Chief Superintendent Richard Noble, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, St. John’s, N.L.

Detective Inspector Dennis J. Olinyk, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Kenora, Ont.

Deputy Chief Bernard Pannell, M.O.M.

Saskatoon Police Service, Sask.

Staff Sergeant Stephen Patterson, M.O.M.

Saint John Police Force, N.B.

Chief Murray Rodd, M.O.M.

Peterborough Lakefield Community Police, Ont.

Staff Sergeant Stéphane St-Jacques, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ont.

Chief Joseph Tomei, M.O.M.

Orangeville Police Service, Ont.

   



ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES FACT SHEET

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of Canadian police forces, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.

The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Principal Commander of the Order, submits recommendations for appointment to the governor general on behalf of an advisory committee. Nominations for appointment to the Order may be made by submitting the name of a member or employee of a police force to the commanding officer of that police force.

Levels and post-nominals

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign of the Order; the governor general is the chancellor and one of the commanders of the Order. The Principal Commander is the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Commander – Post-nominals: C.O.M.

Recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility over an extended period, usually at the national or international level.

Officer – Post-nominals: O.O.M.

Recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility over an extended period, usually at the regional or provincial level.

Member – Post-nominals: M.O.M.

Recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty over an extended period, usually at the local or regional/provincial level.


Insignia Description

The badge of the Order is the same as that of the Order of Military Merit: a blue-enamelled, straight-end cross (four arms, narrow at the centre, wider at the ends) with an annulus in red, surmounted by St. Edward’s Crown. The ribbon is different and consists of three equal bands of blue, gold and blue. The annulus bears the inscription MERIT.MÉRITE.CANADA.

For more information about the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, visit the Honours section of our website at www.gg.caor visit the website of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at www.cacp.ca.