Monday, September 27, 2010

Honouring bravery

When you start to think that people don't care, just think of these people, because a lot of average people do extraordinary things when called upon by fate.

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today the awarding of two Stars of Courage and 22 Medals of Bravery. The recipients will be invited to receive their decorations at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The Decorations for Bravery were created in 1972 to recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or to protect the lives of others. The Cross of Valour (C.V.) recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

A list of recipients and their citations, as well as a fact sheet on the Decorations for Bravery, are attached.



Miranda Suggitt, S.C.

Lindsay, Ont.

Michael Thomas Westwell, S.C., C.D.

Pukatawagan, Man.


Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Wynn Baird, M.B., C.D.

Aylesford Lake, N.S.

Constable Robert Bérubé, M.B.

Montréal, Que.

Scott Borlase, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

Joseph Henry Roland Bouliane, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

Constable Benoit Brissette, M.B.

Montréal, Que.

Sergeant Steve Desgagné, M.B.

Montréal, Que.

Richard Frauley, M.B.

Saint John, N.B.

Isabelle Gagnon, M.B.

Saint-Hubert, Que.

Master Corporal Julien Gauthier, M.B.

Greenwood, N.S.

Major William Robertson Green, M.B., C.D.

Moose Jaw, Sask.

Blair William Allan Hockin, M.B.

Portage La Prairie, Man.

Sergeant André Joseph Hotton, M.B., C.D.

Greenwood, N.S.

Tim Kautaq, M.B.

Hall Beach, NU

RCMP Constable Alfred Douglas Lavallee, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

Pascale Pelletier, M.B.

Mercier, Que.

Sergeant Joseph Kenneth Penman, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

Stephen Power, M.B.

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Master Warrant Officer Hamish Seggie, M.B., C.D.

Winnipeg Man.

Warrant Officer Shaun Spence, M.B., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Tami Elizabeth Strickland, M.B.

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Abebe Yohannes, M.B.

Brandon, Man.

Herman Zarbel, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

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  1. My sincere gratitude to the courage and superb quality of spirit that enables these dedicated souls (men and women) who choose to face danger and pain without showing fear and risk their lives every day in the work that they do for our country.

    I stand up for you and applaud your dedication, loyality and especially your bravery in combating all elements of fear to help save lives.

    Thank you!
    An Appreciative Canadian from Toronto, Ontario

  2. Hi, I'm Miranda Suggitt! I just decided to google myself and see what I found. It's amazing what some of these people did if you've read the stories. They all were very brave with what they've done...simply courageous.

    Miranda Suggitt ,S.C
    -Lindsay, ON

  3. It’s my pleasure and honour to hear from you, thank you for what you did. I did rescue work for 15 years, I saw a lot of people do stuff that even they didn’t expect to be able to do.