Veterans Ombudsman Commendation Guidelines

What is the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation?

Many individuals and groups work tirelessly on behalf of Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and their families. It is often the dedication, hard-work and selfless motivation of these individuals and groups that lay the groundwork for positive and lasting change for the Veterans' community.

The Veterans Ombudsman, in consultation with the Veterans Ombudsman's Advisory Council (VOAC), awards the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation, in recognition of the efforts of these individuals and groups. The intent of the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation is to recognize and honour the exceptional dedication, hard-work and selfless motivation of an individual or group's contribution to Canada's Veterans and their families.

Who can be nominated?

Any individual, group, business or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to the well-being of Veterans and their families can be nominated. Current members of the VOAC and staff of the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman are not eligible for the Commendation, nor can they put forward a nomination. Additionally, self-nominations will not be accepted. A nominator can make a maximum of two (2) nominations in the same nomination period.

Who is the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation given to?

In order to recognize individuals, business or organizations and groups at both the national and local levels, commendations for the following categories may be awarded:

  • National organization or group – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an organization or group with a national scope that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact on the well-being of Veterans and their families;
  • Local organization or group – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an organization or group that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact, at the local or regional level, on the well-being of Veterans and their families;
  • Individual – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an individual that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact on the well-being of Veterans and their families at the national or local level; and
  • Lifetime Contribution – to recognize the life-long dedication, exceptional work, and significant contribution an individual has made in supporting or advocating for Veterans and their families.

How to make a nomination?

A nomination must include the following:

  • A completed nomination form;
  • A nomination summary of approximately 300 words in length, explaining why the nominee should be awarded the commendation; and
  • Two (2) letters of support from individuals other than the nominator (maximum 750 words in length).

When preparing a nomination please ensure that:

  • The nomination package is complete including the nomination form, nomination summary, and two letters of support; and
  • Nomination letters clearly illustrate with examples how the individual or organization has made a lasting and positive impact on Veterans and their families.

Please send your nomination form, summary and letters of support by mail, fax or electronically:

By Mail: 
Office of the Veterans Ombudsman 
1560–360 Albert Street 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K1R 7X7

By Fax: 613-944-2939

By email: communication@ombudsman-veterans.gc.ca

How are recipients selected?

The VOAC members review all nominations and make recommendations to the Veterans Ombudsman, who then makes the final decision. Recipients will be announced on an annual basis.

All submissions are the property of the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman and are subject to the Privacy Act.