Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

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Announcement
Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 CDA/CDA Institute Ottawa Conference
Friday, February 20, 2015

Ottawa – Mr. Stéphane Ouellette, President and CEO, the Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP), was proud to announce the first time recipient of the Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award, that was presented to Vice-Admiral Ron Buck, RCN (Ret’d), at the 2015 CDA/CDA Institute Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence.

The MNCTP created this award to recognize excellence in character, loyalty, and devotion of the highest order in service to Canada, and a long time and enduring commitment to bringing awareness and support to the cause of the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies.

Throughout his long career of public service, Vice-Admiral Buck (Ret’d) has demonstrated unwavering support to Canada’s veterans, including Canada’s Merchant Navy Veterans. Vice-Admiral Buck supported the Merchant Navy both while serving as the Chief of the Maritime Staff, Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, and more recently, as the President, and now Immediate Past President of the Navy League of Canada.

“It is an honour and a privilege for me to be here today to recognize the recipient of the Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Vice-Admiral Buck, here at the CDA/CDA Institute 2015 Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence,” said Mr. Stéphane Ouellette, President and CEO, MNCTP. “Both Colonel Gardam and Vice-Admiral Buck have provided leadership roles that were, and continue to be critical to the Mission of the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies.”

“I commend Vice-Admiral Buck for his devotion to the legacy of the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies. His dedication to Canadian veterans while serving in the CAF and as a veteran makes him truly deserving of this Award.”

The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Of the many displays of support, Vice Admiral Buck ensured that Canada’s Merchant Navy Veterans be included in the official National Battle of the Atlantic ceremonies. In 2003, Vice-Admiral Buck acknowledged the importance and scope of the Merchant Navy initiative, and (in collaboration with MNCTP) established a historical precedent by ushering in a new era of co-operation between the Canadian Merchant Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy.

The Award was presented to Vice Admiral Buck by Mr. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa — Orléans, and Chair, House of Commons Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Mr. Stéphane Ouellette.

“It is with great pleasure that I pay tribute to the accomplishments of Vice-Admiral Ronald Douglas Buck CMM, CD (Ret.)", says MP Royal Galipeau. "The role played by the veterans of the merchant navy during World War II has often been marginalized. It's thanks to the support of devoted people such as Vice-Admiral Buck, who is and has always been a great supporter of veterans, that their important contribution is remembered and honoured.”

“The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) is delighted to see Vice-Admiral Ron Buck, Vice-Chair of the CDA, recognized as the first recipient of the Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award by the MNCTP,” said LGen Richard Evraire, Chairman of the CDA. “The CDA was established in 1932 to study the problems of security and defence and to promote the efficiency and well-being of Canada’s Armed Forces. It is a non-partisan, independent, and non-profit advocacy organization, representing 52 associations from all parts of the country. It is an honour for us to witness this recognition of VAdm Buck for his outstanding work and support for the Canadian Merchant Navy.”

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 11:15 am
Location: Ballroom, Fairmont Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario

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