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Order of Merit of the Police Forces Investiture Ceremony

September 14, 2016
Updated on September 14, 2016 at 11:25 a.m.

Governor General to Invest 51 Recipients into
the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

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
Friday, September 16, 2016, at 11 a.m.

During the ceremony, the Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on 1 Commander, 4 Officers and 46 Members.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of 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 ceremonies, the lists of recipients and a backgrounder on the Order are attached.

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Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the
Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m.

For information on the Order and the ceremony:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca 

For information on the recipients:

Sara Sowieta
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
613-595-1101
sara@cacp.ca 

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

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

11 a.m.: Ceremony begins
              The Governor General speaks
              The Governor General presents the insignia
              (Commanders first, followed by Officers and Members)
              The RCMP Commissioner speaks
12 p.m.:  Interviews with recipients
 

RECIPIENTS

COMMANDER

Commissioner J. Vincent N. Hawkes, C.O.M.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia


OFFICERS

Deputy Commissioner Bradley Blair, O.O.M.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Assistant Commissioner Craig Steven MacMillan, O.O.M.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario 

Chief Douglas A. Palson, O.O.M.

Dakota Ojibway Police Service, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Chief Superintendent Jennifer Anne Strachan, O.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, London, Ontario


MEMBERS

Chief Superintendent Rosemary Abbruzzese, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Terry Ray Armstrong, M.O.M.

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, South Thunder Bay, Ontario

Corps Sergeant Major Darren C. Campbell, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Inspector Lawrence Cope, M.O.M.

Vancouver Police Department, British Columbia

Superintendent Joseph Bernard Serge Côté, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Superintendent Kari Dart, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Chief Shawn Devine, M.O.M.

North Bay Police Service, Ontario

Ms. Susan C. Double, M.O.M.

Hamilton Police Service, Ontario

Deputy Chief Nishan J. Duraiappah, M.O.M.

Halton Regional Police Service, Oakville, Ontario

Inspector Patrick S. Flanagan, M.O.M.

Ottawa Police Service, Ontario

Staff Sergeant Douglas Frank Gambicourt, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Chief Constable Ralph Leonard Goerke, M.O.M.

West Vancouver Police Department, British Columbia

Superintendent Nancy Goodes-Ritchie, M.O.M.

Hamilton Police Service, Ontario

Staff Sergeant Douglas James Houston, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Dauphin, Manitoba

Staff Sergeant Wilfred E. Hurren, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Bracebridge

Deputy Chief David Jarvis, M.O.M.

Peel Regional Police, Brampton, Ontario

Inspector Edmund P. Kodis, M.O.M

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Chief Bryan M. Larkin, M.O.M.

Waterloo Regional Police Service, Cambridge, Ontario

Deputy Chief Allan Robert Lekun, M.O.M.

Greater Sudbury Police Service, Ontario

Inspector David J. Lucas, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Kenora

Sergeant Stephen MacDonald, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Superintendent Mandip Singh Mann, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Constable David Marchand, M.O.M.

Vancouver Police Department, British Columbia

Superintendent Glenn Arnold Martindale, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant David Bruce Muirhead, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Corporal Jacques M. A. Neri, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Lethbridge, Alberta

Staff Superintendent Randall Patrick, M.O.M.

Peel Regional Police, Brampton, Ontario

Sergeant Denis Perrier, M.O.M.

Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, Quebec

Chief Superintendent Richard A. J. Philbin, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Chief Darryl J. Pinnell, M.O.M.

St. Thomas Police Service, Ontario

Deputy Chief Constable Satwinder Rai, M.O.M.

Vancouver Police Department, British Columbia

Staff Sergeant Brian John Reed, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, London, Ontario

Staff Sergeant Thomas Robb, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Superintendent John Alfred Robin, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Inspector David Brian Saunders, M.O.M.

Toronto Police Service, Ontario

Commander David Shane, M.O.M.

Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, Quebec

Ms. Lisa Shipley, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Superintendent Konrad Lionel Shourie, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Marty Roy Singleton, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Thunder Bay

Superintendent Guy Warwick Slater, M.O.M.

Calgary Police Service, Alberta

Superintendent Hilton Basil Smee, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Inspector Karl Thomas, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Chief Superintendent Sandra Anne Thomas, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia

Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf, M.O.M.

Cobourg Police Service, Ontario

Sergeant William Michael James Whalen, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Constable Andrew Preston Wilder, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Chatsworth


Please note that the information in this media advisory reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their appointment to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

 

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.ca/honours or visit the website of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at www.cacp.ca/order-of-merit.html.