Governor General to Invest 39 Recipients into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

January 28, 2019
UPDATED January 31, 2019


OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Merit of the Police Forces investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 11 a.m.

During the ceremony, the Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on
4 Officers and 35 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:

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

For information on the recipients:

Please contact the Police Forces directly.

Follow GGJuliePayette and RideauHall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

CEREMONY SCHEDULE

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


10:30 a.m.:      Media arrives at Rideau Hall

11 a.m.:           Ceremony begins
                        The Governor General speaks
                        The Governor General presents the insignia
                        (Officers first, followed by Members)
                        The RCMP Commissioner speaks

11:45 a.m.:      Interviews with recipients

RECIPIENTS

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.

OFFICERS

Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum, O.O.M.

This is a promotion within the Order.
 

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr, O.O.M.

This is a promotion within the Order.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia

Chief Constable David Jones, O.O.M.

This is a promotion within the Order.
 

New Westminster Police Department, British Columbia

Deputy Director Yves Morency, O.O.M.
 

Sûreté du Québec, Montréal

MEMBERS

 

Inspector Shawna E. Baher, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia
 

Superintendent Marc Maurice Bedard, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Staff Sergeant Donald Edward Bill, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
 

Chief Brent Ivan Blackmore, M.O.M.

 

Woodstock Police Force, New Brunswick

Superintendent Edward Boettcher, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia
 

Deputy Director Sylvain Caron, M.O.M.

Sûreté du Québec, Montréal
 

Staff Sergeant Diane L. Cockle, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia
 

Staff Sergeant Stephen T. Conohan, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
 

Deputy Chief Paul Cook, M.O.M.

Calgary Police Service, Alberta
 

Chief Superintendent Roseanne DiMarco, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Chief Superintendent Bernadine Paulette Freill, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia
 

Sergeant Luc Gagnon, M.O.M.

Sûreté du Québec, Montréal
 

Detective Inspector Shawn W. Glassford, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Superintendent Marty Lang Kearns, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Ms. Ann King, M.O.M.

Peel Regional Police, Brampton, Ontario
 

Detective John Phillip Langford, M.O.M.

Calgary Police Service, Alberta
 

Inspector Robyn Dawn MacEachern, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Superintendent Paul Russell Mackey, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Constable Tad Kenneth Milmine, M.O.M.

Calgary Police Service, Alberta
 

Constable Michelle Mosher, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Grande Prairie, Alberta
 

Inspector Wayne O. A. Nichols, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
 

Staff Sergeant Thomas Edward Norton, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Surrey, British Columbia
 

Deputy Chief Satpal Singh Parhar, M.O.M.

Calgary Police Service, Alberta
 

Chief Superintendent Chesley Walter Parsons, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario
 

Director Danny W. Paterson, M.O.M.

Saint-Jérôme Police Service, Quebec
 

Deputy Chief Robert John Gordon Ritchie, M.O.M.

Calgary Police Service, Alberta
 

Superintendent Manuel Rodrigues, M.O.M.

Peel Regional Police, Brampton, Ontario
 

Sergeant Nancy Rudback, M.O.M.

Halifax Regional Police, Nova Scotia
 

Mr. Peter D. Shipley, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Inspector Bruce D. Singer, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
 

Assistant Commissioner Serge J. J. Therriault, M.O.M.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario
 

Superintendent Mark VanZant, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

Chief Superintendent Ross Arthur White, M.O.M.

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Fredericton, New Brunswick
 

Superintendent Brenda Young, M.O.M.

Halifax Regional Police, Nova Scotia
 

Inspector Charles Young, M.O.M.

Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia
 

 

 

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.