This past November, Veterans Ombudsman Craig Dalton presented the 2019 Veterans Ombudsman Commendation to recipients in Ottawa.
The Commendation recognizes the exceptional dedication, hard work, and selfless motivation to Canada’s Veterans and their families.
“These outstanding recipients were nominated by their peers and selected for a Veterans Ombudsman Commendation because of the positive and lasting change they make within the Veterans’ community,” said the Ombudsman.
“Their leadership and dedication to their work inspire others to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families,” he added.
In consultation with his Advisory Council, the Veterans Ombudsman awards the Commendations each year, as a form of recognition towards the efforts of those selected.
The recipients of the 2019 Commendations were:
Individual Contribution: Richard Nicholson and Patrice Bergeron
Mr. Bergeron took the lead role on the “Tous pour un Kili” expedition, which took twelve Veterans who have PTSD, on an unforgettable climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mr. Bergeron organized and helped finance the expedition while also acting as a coach for the Veterans.
Mr. Nicholson is a Veteran who served for 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. More recently, Mr. Nicholson has assumed a 24/7 volunteer position as Resident Manager of Cockrell House, a transitional home in Colwood, BC, for Veterans that have found themselves homeless or under-housed.
National Organization: Wounded Warriors Canada
Wounded Warriors Canada is an organization dedicated to supporting ill and injured CAF members, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. WWC works alongside its national clinical team to support the well-being of approximately 2,000 individuals each year.
Local Organization: Great War Centenary Association (GWCA)
The GWCA has been working to commemorate contributions of Veterans from Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations of the Grand River Communities during the First World War. The GWCA is a charitable organization, with a devoted volunteer base that honours and brings awareness to local Veterans of the Second World War.
Lifetime Contribution: Ken Reimer, Joseph Paquette, and Luc O’Bomsawin
Joseph Paquette received his commendation from Mr. Dalton earlier this year in Brampton, ON, and Luc O’Bomsawin received his commendation in Quebec last week. Ken Reimer is to receive his award in Chatsworth, Ontario, on November 28th, 2019.