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Backgrounder Article from  Prime Minister's Office

Ottawa, Ontario – 15 February 2015

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of our national flag, our Government is giving this proud Canadian symbol to 50 Canadians and organizations who have contributed significantly to the well-being of our citizens. The flags are being given to:

  1. Chief Darcy Bear, of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation south of Saskatoon, for his service to his community since 1991 and his focus on financial accountability, self-governance and job creation through partnerships. He was re-elected to a seventh consecutive term in 2012.
  2. Frédéric Bilodeau, a national inspiration. Frédéric, who has cerebral palsy, garnered extensive worldwide media attention during the Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games for the support he provided to his brother. Their story touched millions.
  3. Emile Blokland, former Mayor of High River, for his handling of the flood in that community in 2013. Emile worked tirelessly in the days and weeks after the flood to get people back in their homes.
  4. Jean Cauchy, a veteran of the Second World War, for his work as an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12 in Lévis, Quebec, since 1959. He is involved with the “Coeurs battants,” a group dedicated to promoting veterans’ fitness, and shares his personal wartime experiences with youth. He is also a devoted volunteer of the Red Cross.
  5. Elaine Chan, founder of the ChineseAcademy in Calgary, for spending thousands of volunteer hours promoting Canadian pluralism via the integration of language and cultural exchange.
  6. Jeff Clark, firefighter and Vice President of the Burnaby Firefighters Association, for the important role he played in bringing the 2009 World Police and Fire Games to Canada and for volunteering in countless ways to raise funds for causes that benefit children, veterans and his community.
  7. Edmee Comstock, a Métis elder who has devoted much of her life to support Calgary’s Aboriginal and Métis populations. She dedicates her time to several organizations, including as an elder advisor to the Calgary Public School Board for Métis.
  8. Ernest Côté, a 101 year-old veteran of the Second World War from Ottawa, Ontario, for his service as a member of the Royal 22e Régiment that fought in the Battle of Normandy. On his 100th birthday, he travelled to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the famous Second World War battle.
  9. Nellie Cournoyea, Chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Northwest Territories, for her work in support of the Inuit, Canada’s North, and her involvement in Aboriginal policy in Canada.
  10. Paul Dalseg, a World War II veteran and an active community leader and volunteer through his service as President of both the Sault Ste. Marie Rotary Club and the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. Paul is an accomplished entrepreneur and is dedicated to the advancement of education through his involvement with the SaultCollege.
  11. Elsie Dandy, a 97 year old World War II veteran. She first joined the Canadian Army in 1942 and was stationed at the Basingstoke Neurological and Plastic Surgery Hospital southwest of London. She remains an active volunteer with the local hospital and visits schools to share her war experiences.
  12. David Day, a volunteer with Rovers Ground Search & Rescue (GSAR) for over 25 years and has been actively involved on the local, provincial and national scene in moving forward initiatives affecting GSAR volunteers in Canada. David currently works with the City of St. John’s under the St. John’s Regional Fire Department in the capacity of Manager, Emergency Preparedness, and is proud to be a Canadian.
  13. Emily Dean, a 17 year old National Air Rifle champion and a member of Team New Brunswick for target shooting at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, as well as a member of the St. Croix Sportsman Club. Emily is also involved in Girl Guides of Canada and has received many awards, including Duke of Edinburgh (Gold, Silver & Bronze), the Lady Baden-Powell Award, and The Canada Cord.
  14. Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba, for his tireless efforts in support of cancer victims and cancer prevention. Using evidence based medicine, he has passionately advocated for improving cancer care and addressing modern burgeoning cancer challenges through innovative, population based programs.
  15. Chloé, Justine and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, from Montréal, Quebec, for excellence in mogul skiing and inspiring a generation of female athletes. Chloé, the middle sister, represented Canada at the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, winning a silver medal at Sochi. Justine, the youngest sister, won gold at Sochi in her first Olympic appearance, making history with older sister Chloé when they finished first and second. Maxime, the eldest sister, also proudly represented Canada at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games where she earned a 12th place finish.
  16. David Durepos, a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball team from 1994 until 2014. He won the Paralympic Games gold medal in 2000, 2004 and 2012, and won a World Championship gold medal in 2006. He served as the captain for Team Canada. Mr. Durepos was awarded the Sport N.B. Male Athlete of the Year in 2001 and 2004, and was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
  17. Maurice Faucher, who spent over 33 years in the education field as a teacher and principal. He was also involved in various municipal organizations, including as Mayor of the municipality of Joly from 1973 to 1983, and in the health sector in the Lotbinière region. He recently received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal in recognition of his community involvement.
  18. Louis Garneau, from QuébecCity, for representing Canada in the sport of cycling from 1970 to 1983. In 1984, he represented Canada at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He then left competitive cycling to start Louis Garneau Sports. Mr. Garneau was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999 and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 1997.
  19. Girl Guides Canada, in recognition of the organization’s efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadian girls and women.
  20. Bruce Goulet, for his community-building efforts in North Bay, Ontario, including as Mayor of the city from 1971 to 1972.
  21. Charles Hamelin, for excellence in speed skating and inspiring young athletes across Canada. He won a total of four medals at the Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. He is involved with the Breakfast Club of Canada.
  22. Michael Hanna, founder of Gabriel Pizza, dedicated local business owner and philanthropic community builder, for his contributions to Orleans, the OttawaValley and the St. Lawrence Valley.
  23. Jagjeet Singh Hans, better known by his ring name Tiger Jeet Singh, is a world-renowned wrestler, celebrated philanthropist and serves as a shining ambassador for Canada.
  24. Maggie Ip, founder and Patron of the Society of United Chinese Enrichment Social Services (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.), for her tireless work promoting the well-being of immigrants to Canada, helping them with employment, health, education, training, social services, good citizenship, and participation in the community.
  25. Louie Kamookak, a historian in Gjoa Haven, for his more than 30 years of interviewing Inuit elders in Nunavut and his efforts to collect oral histories about the ill-fated expedition led by Sir John Franklin. This research helped lead to the 2014 discovery of one of the expedition’s two ships, HMS Erebus, off King William Island.
  26. The Kiwanis Clubs of Canada, in recognition of the 215 Canadian clubs and their dedication to strengthening communities and serving the children of the world, under the leadership of Canadian Dr. John Button, President of Kiwanis International.
  27. Julie Koschitzky, for her work as an activist, philanthropist, and leader of the Canadian and world Jewish communities.
  28. Ihor Kozak, in recognition of becoming the first immigrant from the former USSR to attend the prestigious Royal Military College of Canada. Mr. Kozak served the country as a decorated officer in the Canadian Forces, both at home and abroad, and was decorated twice for his outstanding leadership. Upon retirement from the Forces, he obtained an MBA and has become a successful entrepreneur. He also finds time to support charitable causes and to take a leadership role in the Ukrainian community.
  29. Colonel (Ret’d) Howe Lee, co-founding past Chair of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society, for his archiving of the military history of Canadians of Chinese descent and his role in encouraging Chinese Canadians to join the lower mainland cadet program in Richmond, British Columbia, in which he still volunteers.
  30. Joseph Macerollo, a world-renowned accordion player and a founding member of the Mississauga Arts Council. Mr. Macerollo is known for being a pioneer of contemporary music and of bringing the classical accordion to Canadian concert halls.
  31. Phyllis MacPherson, head of the Lake County Food Assistance Society, a local food bank in Lake Country, British Columbia, for her over 30 years of working as a volunteer and administrator.
  32. Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a registered charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children with the goal of reducing child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public.
  33. National Microbiology Laboratory (Winnipeg, Manitoba), including the Special Pathogens Unit under the guidance of Dr. Gary Kobinger, for world class scientific knowledge and breakthrough Ebola research.
  34. Larry Noonan, retired school principal, volunteer and historian, in recognition of his work as a steward of the AltonaForest in Pickering, Ontario, and as a proponent of the Rouge National Urban Park Initiative. Mr. Noonan has contributed to Pickering and City of Toronto environmental initiatives, served on park committees, and has been active in leading adult and youth groups and school classes into the Rouge Valley for both leisure and study activities.
  35. North Shore Rescue, a search and rescue team based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, and consisting of approximately 40 volunteers skilled in mountain, canyon and urban settings, for their work carrying out some 90 search and rescue operations annually.
  36. Herb Peppard, a 93 year-old war veteran from Truro, Nova Scotia, for his service as a member of the joint Canada-United States elite unit that came to be known as the Devil’s Brigade, an early iteration of current Special Operations Forces. In February 2015, that unit was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.
  37. Prairies Women on Snowmobiles, based in Saskatchewan, for their work in raising awareness and fundraising for the fight against breast cancer.
  38. Ginette Reno, from Boucherville, Quebec, for her many cultural accomplishments as an author, composer, singer, and actress. She has received multiple awards, including Juno and Felix Awards, as well as numerous nominations for Genie and Gemini Awards. She is a gold and platinum selling musician.
  39. Dr. Brian Riddell, President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and an internationally recognized fisheries scientist, for his far-reaching conservation work that has benefited the wild Pacific salmon and their habitat, making British Columbians and all Canadians proud.
  40. The Rotary Clubs of Canada, in recognition of Canadian Rotarians’ dedication to “service above self” and their efforts to save mothers and children, provide clean water, support education and fight disease.
  41. The Royal Canadian Legion, in recognition of its work to support Canada’s veterans.
  42. Scouts Canada, for teaching Canada’s youth to always be prepared.
  43. Amandeep Singh, a well-known and respected lawyer, for his many years of community work in Brampton, Ontario.
  44. Amos Sochaczevski, founder and driving force behind the Jewish Unity Partnership, for his many contributions as a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Community Leisure Council, including volunteering with numerous sporting programs.
  45. Marianne St-Gelais, from St-Félicien, Quebec, for sporting excellence in speed skating. She represented Canada at the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, winning a total of three medals. She is involved with the Children’s Wish Foundation as an Ambassador.
  46. Nathan Tidridge, an award-winning history teacher at WaterdownDistrictHigh School, and an author.
  47. Marga Van den Hogan, affectionately known as the Flag Lady, resides in Thornhill and is founder of the Flag Flyers, a group of dedicated citizens who spread awareness of Flag Day throughout Greater Toronto. Marga makes sure all flag poles in the area have a Canadian flag waving in the breeze. She has extended her Canada Flag influence, by having Toronto’s CN Tower flooded in red and white, honouring our flag’s 50th Anniversary.
  48. Luanne Whitmarsh, CEO of the Kerby Centre in Calgary, for delivering valuable social services to senior citizens of all income levels.
  49. Father Danny Wilson, a priest in Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island, and the surrounding area, for his efforts in favour of world peace.
  50. Chris Young, a high school history teacher, for excellence in teaching at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in particular for his efforts to highlight the history of the school, its veteran alumni and their participation in the First and Second World Wars.

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