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Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

Canadians from every walk of life provide outstanding volunteer service to Veterans, their communities and their country. In April 2001, the Governor General authorized the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to formally recognize these Canadians’ contributions.

The Governor General Warrant states the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation be "...awarded to individuals who have performed commendable service to the Veteran community and/or individuals who represent commendable role models for their fellow Veterans."

The Commendation is awarded annually to deserving recipients.

Insignia and Wear

The Commendation consists of a certificate, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a bar for wear with decorations. The design is a gold maple leaf resting on a red poppy—a flower long associated with the sacrifices of war—and the Royal Crown on the top of the pin.

A recipient may wear the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation bar on their blazer, formal wear, etc., on occasions appropriate for wearing medals. A recipient should wear the bar below their official decorations.

A recipient may wear the Commendation lapel pin on civilian dress at any time.


Type of service to Veterans

We recognize the diverse scope and range of work performed in contribution to the care and well-being of Veterans, or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans.


Eligible recipients must be:

  • an individual, not a group or couple, of any age;
  • a volunteer who made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their Veteran community; and
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent Canadian resident when nominated.

Posthumous award

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation recognizes the efforts of living individuals. In the unfortunate circumstance a nominee is approved to receive this award, but passes away before the award has been presented, they may receive the award posthumously.


Individuals may only receive the Minister’s Commendation once.

You may nominate an individual for the Commendation once in a given year. If a nomination is not successful, you may resubmit it for consideration in a subsequent year.


Name Location
Arbour, Sylvain CD St-Gervais, Quebec
Armstrong, Sergeant, Patrick H Ontario Provincial Police Bayfield, Ontario
Beggs, Michael Joseph Ladysmith, British Columbia
Bell, Allan “Dinger” Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Bransfield, Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Theodore Steven CD Kanata, Ontario
Brown, Steeve Jonquière, Quebec
Buchannon, Patrick Tyrone Burnaby, British Columbia
Calnan, Major (Retired) Michael Thomas Antony CD Kars, Ontario
Casey, Scott James Merritt, British Columbia
Cook, Casey New Westminster, British Columbia
Cregheur, Roland Les Cèdres, Quebec
Cummings, Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class (Retired) James Leo CD Halifax, Nova Scotia
Damude, Warrant Officer (Retired) Douglas John Petawawa, Ontario
Davis, Master Corporal (Retired) Harold Francis Cobble Hill, British Columbia
Davis-Fitzpatrick, Terri Windsor, Ontario
De Genova, Allan West Vancouver, British Columbia
Downey, Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Clifford CD Chilliwack, British Columbia
Drew, Master Corporal Giselle Edmonton, Alberta
Easton, Janice Plainfield, Ontario
Everitt, Wesley CD Chemainus, British Columbia
Feyko, Michael Greater Lakeburn, New Brunswick
Forbes, Sergeant (Retired) John (Posthumous) Miramichi, New Brunswick
French, Woodrow Conception Bay South, Newfoundland & Labrador
Garratt, Greg Penetanguishene, Ontario
Grear, Corporal (Retired) Clarence W. CD Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia
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