Presentation of Honours at Rideau Hall

February 26, 2018
UPDATED - February 27, 2018

Governor General to Present Honours at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present honours to 48 recipients during a ceremony on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Rideau Hall.

Recognized for their excellence, courage and exceptional service to the Canadian Armed Forces and to various military organizations, the recipients will be presented with one of the following honours: Meritorious Service Decorations, Decorations for Bravery, or the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

A schedule of the ceremony, the recipients’ citations, and background information on the types of honours being presented are attached.                                                                                         

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 Media interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:

Sara Régnier-McKellar
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569 (office)
613-301-2465 (cell)
sara.regnier-mckellar@gg.ca

CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:00 a.m.:      Media start to arrive at Rideau Hall

10:30 a.m.:      Ceremony begins

                         The Governor General speaks

                         The Governor General presents the honours

                         Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, speaks

11:45 a.m.:      Interviews with recipients

Please note that the information in this news release reflects the rank of the recipients at the time of the event for which they are being recognized.

RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

 Colonel Sean Thomas Boyle, O.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Colonel Boyle was deployed to Joint Task Force–Iraq from April to October 2015 as Air Task Force commander. He quickly established relationships with coalition counterparts that enabled the sharing of operation tactics, techniques and procedures and, in turn, led to the successful conduct of more than 500 combat sorties against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. A combat-experienced, charismatic and visionary leader, Colonel Boyle selflessly dedicated himself to the flawless execution of air operations, which significantly raised Canada’s international reputation.

 Colonel Daniel Stewart Constable, M.S.C., C.D.
Belleville, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

 From October 2014 to May 2015, Colonel Constable excelled as commander of the inaugural Joint Task Force-Iraq in Kuwait. He skilfully managed a high volume of critical issues while maintaining unwavering personal dedication to the mission. His exceptional leadership and professionalism, while overseeing the strategic integration of Canada into the United States-led coalition, enabled the task force to commence direct combat air operations in record time. Colonel Constable’s distinctive accomplishments have brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

Lieutenant-Colonel Steven James Hunter, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Petawawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

During two separate tours as the commander of a special operations task force, Lieutenant-Colonel Hunter displayed unparalleled leadership and competence. His strength and deft command were critical in the aftermath of an incident that injured three operators and killed another in theatre. His tactical innovation modified intelligence collection methodology, resulting in substantially improved kinetic effects against the enemy. With thoroughness, he assured the seamless integration of a specialized team employment, receiving regular praise by the host nation and the coalition leadership.

 Colonel Orest Babij, M.S.M., C.D.
York, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From May 2016 to July 2017, Colonel Babij was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as an intelligence liaison officer for the Ministerial Liaison Team and as commanding officer of Canadian personnel. He provided vital intelligence briefings, liaised effectively with the U.S. military and the government of Iraq, and reinforced the Iraqi Security Forces’ capacity to combat Daesh. With inspiring leadership and technical acumen, Colonel Babij has brought great credit to himself and promoted Canada’s strategic objectives in the region.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Colonel Babij.

 Captain(N) Jeffrey Michael Hamilton, M.S.M., C.D.
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From September 2015 to January 2017, Captain(N) Hamilton exhibited leadership and professionalism during the development of the Defence Policy Review. His contribution directly enabled the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to present a comprehensive defence policy to the government for the first time in over 20 years. Captain(N) Hamilton’s organizational vision, coupled with a solid work ethic, resulted in an impressively executed review that was praised at the highest levels of government.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Captain(N) Hamilton.

 Rear-Admiral Darren Carl Hawco, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From July 2016 to June 2017, Rear-Admiral Hawco demonstrated exemplary leadership and professionalism as chief of Force Development in Ottawa. As co-lead for the Defence Policy Review, he exhibited a high degree of strategic vision and exemplary personal commitment, which enabled the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to present the most comprehensive and holistic defence policy to the government for the first time in over two decades, thereby meeting its institutional needs for years to come.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Rear-Admiral Hawco.

 Colonel James Andrew Irvine, M.S.M., C.D.
Belleville, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

 Colonel Irvine was deployed to Kuwait from November 2015 to June 2016 as part of Canada’s contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force. As commander of Joint Task Force–Iraq, he was instrumental in overseeing its transition from a primarily air-based mandate to a holistic one with new capabilities. Moreover, he personally led an initial visit to Jordan to develop options for a Canadian capacity building mission. Colonel Irvine’s outstanding performance solidified Canada’s reputation within the multinational coalition.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Colonel Irvine.

Commander Jason Scott Armstrong, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Commander Armstrong was deployed from August 2014 to January 2015 to the regions of the Mediterranean and Black seas. As the commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto, he led his crew through successful naval patrols that provided a deterrent and bolstered the maritime situational awareness of Standing Maritime NATO Group 2. Commander Armstrong’s outstanding leadership contributed to maintaining the stability and security of eastern and central Europe, and strengthened Canada’s commitment to NATO.

 Captain Charles M. S. Bailey, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From January to October 2015, Captain Bailey was deployed to Kuwait as the Joint Task Force intelligence targeting officer as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force. His superb work ethic and attention to detail proved invaluable to coalition and Canadian joint targeting efforts. Moreover, his expert advice and thorough analysis of intelligence products were well received and trusted by all within headquarters. Captain Bailey’s outstanding performance helped set the conditions for operational success.

 Colonel Angela Marie Banville, M.S.M., C.D.
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From July 2016 to July 2017, Colonel Banville was deployed to Jerusalem as the deputy commander of Task Force Jerusalem and the director of Operational Support for the United States Security Coordinator. She led a multinational team that bolstered the capacity of the Palestinian Authority Security Force, enabling it to police the West Bank more effectively and safely. With steadfast leadership and professionalism, Colonel Banville cemented critical strategic alliances and advanced Canada’s interests in the Middle East.

Warrant Officer Michel Beliveau, M.S.M., C.D.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

 While deployed, Warrant Officer Beliveau was responsible for overseeing the provision of medical services for the task force. Demonstrating exceptional expertise and professionalism during the host nation campaigns, he was responsible for the treatment of hundreds of casualties. His expert planning and treatment of these casualties went beyond the call of duty and brought honour to Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.

 Sergeant Jordan Kekoa Dexter Bourne, M.S.M., C.D.
Petawawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Sergeant Bourne placed himself and his team in positions of overwatch during the critical phases of host nation operations. He controlled the fire of his personnel and coordinated host nation-level leadership to adjust formations in real time, in order to defeat a well-entrenched enemy.

 Warrant Officer Andrew Paul Carriere, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Warrant Officer Carriere filled the role of a senior enlisted medical advisor in a casualty collection point for the Coalition Special Operations Task Force from December 2016 to April 2017. His superior performance provided a seamless integration of medical assets from seven different countries, which provided life-saving medical care to over 270 battlefield-injured casualties. As a result of these efforts, the relationship between coalition forces and the host nation’s leadership could not have been stronger.

 Master Corporal John Trevor Chaisson, M.S.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Master Corporal Chaisson was deployed to Qatar from December 2015 to March 2016 as part of Canada’s contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force. In addition to his primary job as detachment collator, he performed exceptionally well as the target engagement authority intelligence advisor. Master Corporal Chaisson provided outstanding support and enabled the effective prosecution of targets in accordance with Canadian policy.

Lieutenant-General Roy Raymond Crabbe, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D. (Retired)
East St. Paul, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As colonel of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment, Lieutenant-General Crabbe was the driving force behind the Regiment’s highly successful 100th anniversary celebrations. His leadership, guidance and tireless efforts galvanized the entire regimental family, enabling it to deliver a keystone element of the Government of Canada’s wider plan to honour the efforts of the nation’s First World War veterans.

 Brigadier-General Ross William Ermel, M.S.M., C.D.
Cupar, Saskatchewan
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From September 2015 to January 2017, Brigadier-General Ermel exhibited leadership and professionalism during the development of the Defence Policy Review. His contribution directly enabled the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to present a comprehensive defence policy to the government for the first time in over 20 years. Brigadier-General Ermel’s organizational vision, coupled with an indefatigable work ethic, resulted in an impressively executed review that was lauded at the highest levels of government.

 Commander Andrew Colin Hingston, M.S.M., C.D.
Darthmouth, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

 Commander Hingston was the commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown from June 2016 to January 2017, when the ship was deployed as part of Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance measures in the Mediterranean and Black seas. He demonstrated steadfast leadership and outstanding professionalism throughout his tenure, particularly when he assumed command of the NATO Task Group responsible for the execution of targeted surveillance missions. Commander Hingston’s actions brought great credit to himself and bolstered Canada’s standing with our NATO allies.

 Chief Warrant Officer Emmett Gary Kelly, M.S.M., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2011 to 2015, Chief Warrant Officer Kelly led the flawless execution of a series of parades throughout Europe commemorating the Battle of St. Julien. His expert planning, coordination and relationship building with a broad range of stakeholders were instrumental to the success and security of these internationally significant events. Chief Warrant Officer Kelly brought great credibility and distinction to Canada on the international level.

 Captain(N) Frank Michael Knippel, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Between 2013 and 2015, Captain(N) Knippel was instrumental in transforming the Naval Fleet Schools into a modern and responsible organization that will ensure the Royal Canadian Navy is prepared for current and future missions. His leadership, strategic vision and personal and tireless pursuit of excellence transformed current naval training models to meet the challenges of future classes of ships and equipment.

 Major Wayne Christopher John Lindsay, M.S.M., C.D.
Kingston, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to South Sudan from August 2014 to June 2015, Major Lindsay led multinational teams of senior civilians and military officers to gain critical intelligence used to save lives. He also established the Canada House Education Initiative, which offers free business and computer courses to locals. He selflessly devoted his free time to raising funds for the initiative and to teaching its students. While giving hope to hundreds of youths from a war-torn region, Major Lindsay significantly contributed to mission objectives.

Lieutenant-Commander Wilfred Douglas Gordon Lund, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

 Between 2014 and 2016, Lieutenant-Commander Lund displayed exceptional vision, dedication, planning and leadership throughout the creation and employment of the Maritime Tactical Operations Group. His commitment enabled the development of a proficient Enhanced Naval Boarding Team that could conduct obstructed boardings and assist with future direct support of special operations, deployments and Canadian Armed Forces objectives. His actions and achievements reflect the highest standards of dedication and professionalism.

 Brigadier-General Derek Alan Macaulay, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

 Brigadier-General Macaulay served as the chief of staff of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command–Iraq from April 2015 to March 2016. With exceptional leadership, he united a multinational command and staff of over 4 000 soldiers from 18 countries, and oversaw more than 50 strikes aimed at defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. As the senior Canadian Armed Forces representative in Iraq, Brigadier-General Macaulay solidified Canada’s reputation among the allied countries of the coalition.

 Master Seaman Kevin Hervé Macdonald, M.S.M.
Astra, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In his role providing technical expertise to Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), Master Seaman Macdonald established an enduring analytical, scientific and intelligent counter-terrorism framework across Canadian and allied communities. Most significantly, his ability to work with other agencies and multiple nations has revolutionized how the Canadian Armed Forces conducts threat analysis. This had a direct influence on the preparation of CANSOFCOM missions and enhanced real-time knowledge of threats in theatres of operations.

Colonel Joseph Robert François Malo, M.S.M., C.D.
Repentigny, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the director general of the Canadian Forces Grievances Authority from May 2012 to February 2017, Colonel Malo demonstrated great leadership, outstanding professionalism and personal commitment. During a period of unprecedented transformation and renewal, he gave a voice to Canadian Armed Forces members during grievance processes.

 Brigadier-General Mark Alan Matheson, M.S.M., C.D.
Chatham, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From August 2013 to July 2016, Brigadier-General Matheson displayed hands-on leadership and unparalleled astuteness as director general of Compensation and Benefits in Ottawa. His exemplary contributions to pension delivery modernization, benefit enhancements, relocations and the efficient release of members have greatly improved the quality of life of the entire defence team. The impressive professional abilities of Brigadier-General Matheson, along with his manifestly selfless dedication to duty, have brought great credit to himself and to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan James Nelles, M.S.M., C.D.
Brampton, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

 As Air Expeditionary Wing commander from April to June 2014, Lieutenant-Colonel Nelles was instrumental in the development of the first Air Expeditionary Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Managed Readiness Plan. As a result of his outstanding leadership, the newly created deployable force has enhanced delivery of air power at the operational level for domestic and international operations. Maintaining his professional acumen while under enormous pressure, Lieutenant-Colonel Nelles has brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Paul Charles Nichols, M.S.M.
Terry Lee Nichols, M.S.M.
Quesnel, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

After struggling to come to terms with his experience while serving on a peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia, military veteran Paul Nichols found healing through equine-assisted therapy. He and his wife, Terry, organized The Ride Across Canada, a 211-day trek on horseback that offered local veterans the opportunity to experience the positive effects of equine therapy while connecting with Canadians along the way. Drawing from the ride’s success, the Nichols now offer specialized, equine-assisted mindfulness therapy to veterans at their home ranch in B.C.’s Cariboo region.

 Lieutenant-Colonel David James Pletz, M.S.M., C.D.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Pletz was deployed to Romania and Lithuania from May 2014 to January 2015 in response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine. The excellence with which he handled his assigned diplomatic, mentoring and training duties ensured increased operational capability with a key NATO partner. In particular, Lieutenant-Colonel Pletz’s remarkable leadership, dedication and operational performance during the Baltic Air Policing mission in Lithuania resulted in significant operational successes for Canada in support of NATO operations, thereby solidifying military co-operation within Eastern Europe.

 Corporal Adam Savory, M.S.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2015 to 2017, while serving with the Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Centre, Corporal Savory demonstrated exceptional professional knowledge of and dedication to the Operational Electronic Intelligence (Op ELINT) mission. The Near Real-Time Electronic Anomaly Detection tool that he developed significantly improved the efficiency of time and personnel required to deliver actionable intelligence. Corporal Savory’s outstanding contributions have positively impacted the FIVE EYES ELINT community.

Lieutenant-Colonel Todd Scharlach, M.S.M., C.D.
Kitchener, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2015 to 2017, Lieutenant-Colonel Scharlach’s outstanding performance was critical to the successful planning and execution of an extremely complex multinational exercise involving tactical outputs and strategic political decision making. As the lead planner, he personally organized and shepherded key activities and senior-level engagements, culminating in a successful exercise that contributed significantly to national security through the enhancement of specific procedures and protocols. Lieutenant-Colonel Scharlach’s efforts and dedication have brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada.

Sergeant Nicolaas Soulis, M.S.M., C.D.
Kingston, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From August 2012 to July 2016, Sergeant Soulis demonstrated outstanding dedication to the Royal Canadian Air Force deployable High Readiness Tactical Data Link capability. With exceptional leadership skills and an inspirational work ethic, he played a crucial role in the development and implementation of the expeditionary Tactical Data Link and Full Motion Video capabilities in support of domestic and international missions.

Karen Storwick, M.S.M.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Karen Storwick is the founder of the Mural of Honour at The Military Museums in Calgary. Each tile in this educational mosaic represents an event or individual from Canada’s military history. Ms. Storwick has devoted countless hours to making school presentations, commemorating unmarked battlefields where Canadians fought in Italy, and conducting interviews with veterans, all with an aim to enriching the preservation of our military heritage.

 Lieutenant-Colonel Tammy Tremblay, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From May to September 2016, Lieutenant-Colonel Tremblay served as the first military expert to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General responsible for improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse. She excelled at generating necessary decisions from her international partners in this complex and sensitive environment. Her efforts led directly to the development of world-class tools to address and prevent sexual misconduct by members of United Nations forces.

 Major Declan Ward, M.S.M., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

After a section of the allied defensive line was attacked and overrun by enemy forces, Major Ward advanced with a small team and took control of a highly volatile and uncertain situation. He provided unwavering guidance to his team while simultaneously advising and assisting allied commanders in order to regain the initiative and re-establish the defensive line. Major Ward’s personal leadership solidified relations at the tactical level and resulted in unprecedented recognition of Canadian national support.

Captain(N) William Hargen Wilson, O.M.M., A.O.E., M.S.M., C.D. (Retired)
High River, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

Captain(N) William Hargen Wilson was the driving force behind the creation of the Naval Museum of Alberta and, in 2008, brokered its co-location with seven other museums to form The Military Museums of Calgary.  Known affectionately as Captain Bill, he has worked tirelessly to amass an impressive collection of artifacts and to share his knowledge of Canadian naval history with younger generations.

 DECORATIONS FOR BRAVERY

 Master Corporal Alisha Dawn St. George, M.B.
Cold Lake, Alberta
Medal of Bravery

On March 11, 2015, Master Corporal Alisha St. George, then-Corporal Fisher, saved a colleague from drowning in the ocean at Torrey Pines State Beach Park, near San Diego, California. The victim had been caught in a rip tide and was struggling to reach the shore. Seeing his predicament, Master Corporal St. George rushed into the water and, after reaching his side, held the distressed man afloat for several minutes. A lifeguard finally reached them and brought the victim to safety, while Master Corporal St. George made it back to shore on her own.

 SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS

 Carole Bourgeois
Québec, Quebec

For more than 20 years, Carole Bourgeois’ generosity and commitment have contributed to the success of the 2630 Cadet Corps. Thanks to her efforts, the Cadet Corps is in excellent financial health.

 Vice-Admiral Ronald Buck, C.M.M., C.D. (Retired)
North Gower, Ontario

After retiring from a 39-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy, Ron Buck joined the Navy League of Canada in 2009 and committed himself to improving its governance and youth programs. In 2013, he joined the board of directors of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre to support veterans in the community and to address the unique health care issues of seniors.

Petty Officer 1st Class Aubrey Callan, C.D. (Retired)
Mountain, Ontario

For 40 years, Aubrey Callan has volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion and numerous civic organizations dedicated to serving veterans in his community.

Brian G. Goodfellow
Long Sault, Ontario

Since 1994, Brian Goodfellow has been supporting military and police officers through the Red Ribbon Forces, which raises money for veterans and their families through the sale of red ribbons and magnets.

Thomas Davey Gordon, C.D.
Aurora, Ontario

Since 1987, Thomas Gordon has volunteered with the Air Force and Army cadets, as well as with numerous veterans’ organizations. His involvement with the Commissionaires Ceremonial Marching Unit has inspired young cadets and veterans alike.

Major John C. Hunter
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

For more than two decades, John Hunter has dedicated his time and talents to a wide variety of causes and projects. In particular, he is recognized for his design and development of the Canadian Airborne Forces Museum.

 Captain Brenna Lavigne
Kingston, Ontario

Since 2007, Brenna Lavigne has been an exemplary and compassionate volunteer with the Military Family Resource Centre. From enhancing daycare facilities to instituting a dog therapy program for seniors, she has vastly improved the quality of life of those around her.

 Alexander Moseanu, C.D. 
Toronto, Ontario

Since 1977, Alexander Moseanu has volunteered with the Army Cadet League of Canada, and has been a positive mentor for youth engaged in the cadet movement. He has been an aide-de-camp to the lieutenant governor of Ontario for 20 years and was the honorary lieutenant-colonel of the 32 Signal Regiment from 2011 to 2015.

 Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Poulin (Retired)
Saint-Georges, Quebec

For 25 years, Denis Poulin has volunteered for the Comité du Cénotaphe du Régiment de la Chaudière, where he has served as organizer, treasurer, fundraiser and emcee of the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies.

 Major Wayne Shellnutt, C.D.
Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

Wayne Shellnutt has volunteered for 16 years as an executive member of the Army Cadet League of Nova Scotia, in addition to directing the 2501 Army Cadet Corps of Lower Sackville.

 Paul W. Yu
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Since 2009, Paul Yu has volunteered with a number of organizations including the Royal Canadian Cadet Corps, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Youth Leadership Program and multiple church group ministries. He is passionate about improving his community, and mentors youth and adults on how to achieve their goals.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON CANADIAN HONOURS 
PRESENTED IN RIDEAU HALL

About the Meritorious Service Decorations
The Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

The Military Division recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner or of a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

The Civil Division recognizes remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts. The contributions can be innovative, set an example for others to follow, or improve the quality of life of a community. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit merit.gg.ca.

About the Decorations for Bravery
Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger. The three levels of the Decorations for Bravery reflect the degree to which the recipients put themselves at risk: the Cross of Valour recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

About the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers. For more information or to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit caring.gg.ca.