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Lee Naylor
Hope, British Columbia

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Lee Naylor

Mr. Naylor is a retired Canadian Forces officer. He is also the son of a Second World War Veteran who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong and endured many hardships as a Hong Kong prisoner of war for many years. From his father’s horrific experience, Mr. Naylor became heavily involved in preserving the stories of those Canadians who fought in Hong Kong during the Second World War. Since 2008, Mr. Naylor has been the Education Chair of the Hong Kong Veterans’ Commemorative Association of B.C. and, since 2009, he has been the Association’s Director. On two occasions, Mr. Naylor has been the guest speaker at annual International Human Rights Day student symposiums, which were each attended by several hundred students from many regional school districts. In addition, Mr. Naylor has set up educational displays at teachers’ workshops and conferences at the Chilliwack Museum. He also participated in organizing a three-week study tour of Asia as part of the Association for Learning and Preserving WWII History in Asia. During Veterans’ Week in 2010 and 2011, Mr. Naylor manned a display at the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, where he made presentations to approximately 15,000 students and teachers. Mr. Naylor is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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