MNO Citizens and well-wishers meet in Port Credit to honour MNOVC President Joseph Paquette in a special appreciation lunch. Back (L-R): Don Kennedy, Brian Black, Paul Pirie, Shelly Claus, Sgt Raymond Stark, Senator Guy Mandeville, Sharlene Lance, Doug Woods, Greg Garratt. Front (L-R): Margaret Froh and Joseph Paquette. Photo Credit: Sarah Paquette
On July 7, a special tribute honoured Joseph Paquette in recognition of his many years of service to both the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans Council and the wider Métis community.
The Service Appreciation Lunch was held at the Legion Branch #82 in Port Credit and provided a space for colleagues, friends and family to come together, share stories and express their gratitude for the dedication and leadership Joe has shown over the years.
Also attending Sunday’s lunch were MNO President Margaret Froh and members of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO), MNO staff and MNO community members.
In addition to sharing stories, some tokens of appreciation were exchanged, including the gifting of a special Warrior quilt from the Quilts of Valor organization.
While celebrating Joe’s contributions over the years and highlighting his work with Métis Youth, PCMNO Youth Representative Mitch Case took the opportunity to announce a joint partnership between the MNO Youth and Veterans Councils which includes the formation of a new scholarship to be named in Joe’s honour.
In a special presentation, Joe was bestowed with the Order of the Métis Nation. The Métis National Council's “Order of the Métis Nation” recognizes the positive impact a recipient has made in moving forward the rights and aspirations of the Métis.
On July 16, Joe was additionally awarded the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation Lifetime Contribution at a special ceremony held at the Credit River Métis community office.
The MNO would like to sincerely thank Joe for the leadership and support he has provided the MNO over the years. Thanks Joe! Your contributions, mentorship and service will long be remembered.
Jan 26, 2019 was MNO Veterans councils citizen, Alex Boucher's 106 Birthday.
The oldest living Aboriginal veteran in Canada. Veterans from as far
away as Windsor, ON showed up for the celebration yesterday at his home
in Britt. (MNO region 7) As well as an HBC fleece throw and knitted
socks from the veterans council he was presented with letters of
recognition from Queen Elizabeth and Canada's Governor General.
Also in attendance for her second year in a row was MNO President
Margaret Froh, who earlier this week did Alex proud with a video tribute
to him. Alex served in WW11 and was surrounded by well wishers and
family that put a well deserved smile on his face.
PHOTO left to right ( all veterans except for President Froh)
Joseph Paquette, President Froh, Brian Black, Rob Baskey, Shelly Claus,
Paul Pirie, Greg Garratt
and seated in chair of honour is Alex Boucher
Veterans released between February 2016 and September 2018 can now request their Veteran’s Service Card, with the downloadable, mail-in application form available below. The form lists the information you will need to provide for verification of previous military service. The use of a mail-in application form is necessary to conform to federal privacy and security considerations.
The new Veteran’s Service Card (VSC) helps you stay connected to military and veteran support programs during your transition from military to civilian life. This card also recognizes your previous service as a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member.
It is estimated that there are 26,000 veterans who are now eligible to apply for their Veteran’s Service Card. Another estimated 450,000, who have honourably released prior to February 2016, will be able to apply for their Veteran’s Service Card during the summer of 2019. This staged approach allows the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada to ensure that the necessary resources are in place to verify, produce, and distribute the Veteran’s Service Cards.Who is eligible
You are eligible to receive a Veteran’s Service Card if you have:
As of September 2018, all eligible members automatically receive a Veteran’s Service Card as they release from the CAF, and will receive their card during their final release interview.
Veterans released before February 2016 will be able to request their Veteran’s Service Card during the summer of 2019.Instructions for Veteran’s Service Card applications*
1. Download the Veteran’s Service Card Application Form. The application form can be filled out electronically or handwritten. For handwritten submissions, please ensure you print in clear block letters.
2. Print off the application form. It is recommended you keep a copy of your application for your own records.
3. Veterans who, while serving, were issued either the National Defence Identification (NDI) 20 Canadian Forces Permanent ID card, or NDI 21 Civilian ID card only need to submit a completed application form. Members who were not issued either of these two ID cards, or do not know whether they were issued any of these ID cards, must also include the following with their application form:
1) a passport-like quality photo, AND
2) proof of identity in the form of a photocopy of a valid Government issued photo identification.
4. Mail the application form and enclosures (if applicable) to the following address:
Director General Defence Security
National Defence Identification Service
Veteran’s Service Card
National Defence Headquarters
MGen George R. Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2
* Please note that only applications from veterans released between February 2016 and September 2018 will be accepted for processing at this time.Contact us
For more information or for assistance, contact [email protected].
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