VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 19, 2012) - Minister Ashfield was honoured that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, today was invested as Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard at a ceremony held in the Lieutenant Governor's residence in Victoria.
"Our government is proud to support and honour the Canadian Coast Guard and the men and women who serve this proud institution. We are pleased to welcome His Excellency to a new honorary role as the Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard," said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. "For 50 years, the Canadian Coast Guard has served our country with dedication and we are proud to honour them on this important milestone."
The Governor General also presented Diamond Jubilee Medals to 35 Fishery Officers, Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans employees in the Pacific region for their contributions and achievements. A complete list of the recipients and an overview of their accomplishments is available in the accompanying backgrounder.
This commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne as Queen of Canada. This year, the Canadian Coast Guard is also celebrating its 50th anniversary of service to Canadians.
"I would like to join all Canadians in recognizing 50 years of dedication by the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard whose commitment to service and safety is unbounded and exemplary," said Minister Ashfield.
The Honorary Chief Commissioner's roles and responsibilities include national ceremonial and promotional initiatives that celebrate the crucial role the Canadian Coast Guard plays in saving lives and protecting the marine environment.
The last Honorary Chief Commissioner title was held by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean who was invested in St. John's, Newfoundland in 2006. The investiture is the eighth since the title was first established at Government House in 1976 with the investment of the Right Honourable Jules Léger. Every subsequent Governor General has carried the title.
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His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, was invested as Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard at a ceremony held in the Lieutenant Governor's residence in Victoria today. The Governor General also presented 35 Diamond Jubilee Medals to Fishery Officers, Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans employees in the Pacific region for their contributions and achievements.
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RECIPIENTS OF DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDALS
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented Diamond Jubilee Medals to 35 employees from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, as well as Fishery Officers, for their contributions and achievements. Below are the recipients and an overview of their accomplishments.
Fisheries and Oceans
- Mr. Neil Davis for his dedication and excellence in designing a streamlined planning process for the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) which has resulted in the development of a more focused and strategic plan for this large ocean area.
- Mr. Brad Fanos's excellence in the management and leadership of the Habitat Regulatory Program in Pacific Region under very challenging conditions has resulted in a more coherent, predictable and effective habitat program.
- Ms. Susan Farlinger for encouraging an environment which supports individuals from EE groups and supporting programs that encourage First Nations to consider careers within the Public Service.
- Mr. Robert M. Hare for excellence in his profession, serving the people of Canada. He's recognized internationally as an expert in hydrographic charts and returns a great deal to his profession through his volunteer activities.
- Mr. Arthur Les Jantz for his distinguished 30 year career as a salmon manager and exceptional ability to work in an inclusive, positive and respectful manner with all interested parties to develop best possible plans for conservation and harvest opportunities.
- Mr. Ralph A.C. Johnston for his technical lead of the Yukon Land Claim Agreement. He has also been actively engaged in the community with the development of cross country ski courses, minor hockey, the Canada Winter Games and the Arctic Winter Games.
- Mr. Jeff Jung for his leadership in the Stream to Sea Strategy which inspired generations of BC youth, seniors and volunteers to adopt a strong stewardship ethic to improve the health and sustainability of their communities and local aquatic ecosystems.
- Mr. Gary R. Meyer for his work as a leading expert on pathogens and diseases in shellfish in Canada. He consistently demonstrates outstanding leadership and innovation in diagnostic test development and research on economically important diseases.
- Ms. Tracey Sandgathe for her strong management and professionalism in managing environmental assessments for major development projects and contributing to enhanced client service in delivery of the Major Projects program in Pacific Region.
- Mr. Richard David Stanley for showing outstanding leadership in aquatic animal science and assessment of commercially important stocks, Mr Stanley's work provides innovative solutions for fisheries management. He has been a leader and tireless worker in the BC Special Olympics for many years.
- Mr. Joe Kambeitz for sharing his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm about fish over the past 42 years and building a legacy of community volunteers who share his passion for the fisheries resource.
- Mr. Corino Salomi for showing tremendous leadership in implementing the habitat management program, and in building relationships with stakeholders throughout the Fraser Valley.
Canadian Coast Guard
- Ms. Lana Marie Kainz and Ms. Laura Danielle Taylor for fundraising, organizing, purchasing and delivering charity baskets to local needy families.
- Captain David Allen Snider for publishing a book on Polar Ship Operations to focus international attention on improving safety at sea throughout the maritime industry.
- Mr. Kevin Thomas Tomsett for his dedication to raising the standard of operating methodologies and small craft design and is exemplified through having developed the world-renowned Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training (RHIOT) School, Bamfield, B.C.
- Mr. Roy Sebastian Klohn and Mr. Bradley A. Falconer for volunteering extensively for BC's Camp Kerry Society, specializing in bereavement care for families and being long-time Variety Club volunteers.
- Mr. Clayton Vernon Evans for authoring the international history of motor lifeboats around the world, and volunteers at the Maritime Museum of B.C.
- Mr. Gregory Albert Locke for volunteering as a Critical Incident Stress counselor and for being instrumental in developing the regional CIS system. He was also recognized for his on-site leadership during the Swiss Air disaster and worked for Rotary Club International's community assistance programs.
- Mrs. Lily-Ann MacDonald for volunteering with the International Peace Arch Association's Canada Chapter.
- Mr. Villiam (Bill) Reiger for volunteering in local fire brigades, the Sandspit Emergency Preparedness Program, and as a First Aid Instructor.
- Mr. Mark J. Kelly for dedicating many years to the local volunteer fire department, including serving as Chief, and has been extremely pivotal in spearheading equipment replacements, training, and working with local First Nations.
- Mr. Lindsay Funk for volunteering in community outreach programs, serving as a coach for youth baseball.
- Mr. Mark Simpson for annually coordinating and promoting international softball tournaments between Canada and the U.S.A., and inter-departmental events.
- Mr. Larry Paike for being a nationally-recognized Force Continuum instructor, Member of the Code of Conduct Investigation Team, participating in numerous recruitment processes since 2006, member of the national Force Continuum committee, and member of the aquaculture program implementation team.
- Mr. Chris Williams for being a Force Continuum instructor, a regional influence in the move to intelligence-lead policing, member of the aquaculture program implementation team, member of the regional reality-based training development team and former member of the national Force Continuum committee.
- Mr. Rich Elson for being team leader for the reality-based training initiative that developed the non-enforcement firearms training program. He was a Force Continuum instructor, regional firearms officer, cadet orientation instructor and both participated and lead regional fishery officer cadet recruitment programs.
- Mr. Brian Atagi for being a former regional firearms officer, code of conduct investigator, Force Continuum instructor, for leading the regional recruitment program for many years, and for being a former member of the national Force Continuum committee.
- Mr. Scott Coultish for being a Force Continuum instructor that lead the regional input into the development of the National Intelligence and Investigation Services. Scott was the first regional Chief of Intelligence and Investigation Services.
- Mr. Brad Wattie for being a Force Continuum instructor that co-developed regional detachment standards program and lead reality-based training in region. He was also a member of the regional reality based training initiative team, member of the regional recruitment team.
- Ms. Linda Higgins for being Force Continuum trainer that has participated in the Fishery Officer Career Progression Program since 2006 and coordinates the waste water response program in South Coast area. She developed a concept of operations for the new Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel Program, chaired the Pacific Deployment Committee for the Standard Operating Procedure development team.
- Mr. Terry Matheson for being a National Code of Conduct investigator developing K9 program in Maritimes region. He was also member of several regional Fishery Officer Career Progression Programs, has undertaken assignments in Maritimes Regional HQ as well as Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.
- Mr. Gary Miller for being a former Force Continuum instructor, member of the regional FOCPP recruitment team, member of the national code of conduct team, representing DFO and Canada at many international fisheries commission meetings and forums.
- Mr. Neil Jensen for being a Force Continuum instructor, emergency vehicle operator instructor, regionally recognized field trainer and mentor to junior officers, and for developing the DFO DARE (Drug Awareness) program within the Pacific Region.