Aubrey Callan, of Mountain, has been presented with the The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Governor General Julie Payette in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
Petty Officer 1st Class Aubrey Callan, C.D. (Retired) has volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion and numerous civic organizations dedicated to serving veterans in his community for the past forty years.
The award was an acknowledgement of all that he has contributed to the community over those decades, and is a great achievement in itself, as the criteria for the medal are quite demanding. Any person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible. Candidates must have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism. The Medal is awarded to individuals only, not to groups or couples. Non-Canadians are also eligible if their contributions have brought benefit or honour to Canadians or to Canada.
Congratulations to Aubrey on a well-deserved mark of his commitment to the Legion and veterans.