2022 Veterans Ombud Commendations Announced

Ottawa ON

November 30, 2020 – Ottawa, ON: The Veterans Ombud Commendation recognizes and honours the exceptional dedication, hard work and selfless motivation of an individual or group's contribution to Canada's Veterans and their families. This afternoon, Veterans Ombud Colonel (Ret’d) Nishika Jardine awarded these eight Commendations for 2022: 

  • Individual Contribution: Michael Pretty
  • Individual Contribution: J. Robert Walsh
  • Lifetime Contribution: Sean Bruyea 
  • Lifetime Contribution: Victoria Coffey
  • Lifetime Contribution: Kent Griffiths
  • Lifetime Contribution: Fern Taillefer
  • Local Organization: Keith and Sue Henderson
  • National Organization: Helmets to Hardhats

I am honoured to present the 2022 Veterans Ombud Commendation to these outstanding recipients. They were nominated by their peers in recognition of their dedication to Canadian Veterans and their families. Their leadership reflects the difference that one person or organization can make to the Veterans community and is an inspiration for others to follow.

- Veterans Ombud Colonel (Ret’d) Nishika Jardine 

Quick facts:

The Veterans Ombud, in consultation with the Veterans Ombud Advisory Council, awards these commendations annually in recognition of outstanding individuals and organizations making a positive impact on the lives of Veterans and their families.

The Office of the Veterans Ombud investigates complaints and challenges the policies and decisions of Veterans Affairs Canada where we find individual or systemic unfairness. We strive to be an independent and respected voice for fairness and a champion for the well-being of Veterans and their families.

Related links:

Veterans Ombudsman Commendation

Biographies: 2022 Commendation recipients


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Commendation Recipients for 2022