Black Diamond Resident Michel Jackson Honoured With Commendation by Veterans Affairs

Michel Jackson, Black Diamond

2016-michel-jacksonMr. Michel Jackson is a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Jackson has fulfilled the role of service officer with The Royal Canadian Legion. His compassionate work in this role has made a resounding difference in many people’s lives, including Veterans, their widows and their families. Mr. Jackson has helped find people affordable housing, helped people work through their financial issues, and fundraised for the support of families and individuals in need. Mr. Jackson’s work in organizing and operating a Legion curling bonspiel called the “Brown Jug” helped transform the bonspiel into a major, province-wide event. In Mr. Jackson’s many years as service officer, he has shown great compassion for Veterans, and his exemplary work is highly regarded by those he serves, as well as other Legion branches throughout the province. Mr. Jackson is presently working towards the development of a Veterans’ lounge in the Turner Valley Legion.

Canadians recognized for their dedication to Veterans

 Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation presented at a ceremony in Calgary

August 15, 2016 — Calgary, Alberta

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to the following Alberta residents, honouring their contributions in the service of Canada’s Veterans:

  • Mr. Michael (Wayne) Donner, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Mr. Richard Dumas, Edmonton, AB
  • Mr. Michel Jackson, Black Diamond, AB
  • Mr. Wayne Kennedy, Hinton, AB
  • Ms. Lisa Peterson, Fox Creek, AB
  • Mr. Kyle Scott, Whitecourt, AB
  • Mr. Karel Spykerman, Calgary, AB
  • Mr. Roderich (Rod) Stewart, Vegreville, AB
  • Mr. Nick Twyman, Calgary, AB


Through their efforts, these citizens provide invaluable support to the Veteran community, promoting greater awareness of the sacrifices and achievements of Canada’s Veterans and dedicating themselves to Veteran care.


“Each of the Canadians recognized today serves Canada’s Veterans beyond measure. I applaud their continuing efforts in proudly serving our Veterans. Their tireless sense of care, compassion and respect for Veterans is an invaluable part of the communities of which we are all a part.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Quick Facts

  • The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation was created in 2001 by Warrant of the Governor General and with the approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The governing policies call for it to be “…awarded to individuals who have performed commendable service to the Veteran community or individuals who represent commendable role models for their fellow Veterans.”
  • The Commendation consists of a certificate, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a bar for wear with decorations.


Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

commendation-hiresSince serving in uniform, many of Canada’s Veterans continue to provide outstanding service to their country, their communities and their fellow Veterans. To formally recognize the contributions of these outstanding Canadians, the Governor General authorized the creation of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.

The Commendation is awarded annually to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans.

The Commendation is intended primarily for Veterans, but may be awarded to non-Veterans.