Canadian officials helped honour Canada Company scholarship recipients Friday aboard the HMCS Montreal ship in Toronto. The organization helps children of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Canada and overseas.
In 2006, Canada Company was established in order to support Canadian military personnel. Various business organizations and community leaders assist the troops who perform duties at both home and abroad.
The charity provides post-secondary education scholarships of $4,000 per year for up to four years for children of Canadian Forces members who have perished in the line of duty. Canada Company, a charity that does not receive any taxpayer funding, receives donations from CIBC, Power Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation, Research In Motion, TD Bank Financial Group and other businesses across the country.
On Friday, aboard the HMCS Montreal naval ship in Toronto, the fourth annual awards ceremony took place.
Various Canadian officials, including Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Conservative Member of Parliament Chris Alexander and City Councillor Michael Thompson, attended the Canada Company presentation ceremony to congratulate children who received the $4,000 scholarship fund cheque.
“Canada Company is proud to support the children of our Military. Their parents made a commitment to serve our country and today our commitment is to help them pursue their education,” said Chairman of Canada Company and AGF Management Limited, Blake Goldring.
“Canada Company ensures that the men and women of our Canadian Forces and their families receive the greatest care and support they deserve."
The 2011/2012 recipients:
Kirsten Hess-von Kruedener | Burlington, Ontario | Parent died in Lebanon on July 25, 2006
Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Canada Company Chairman Blake Goldring.
Sheralynn Kennedy | Winnipeg, Manitoba | Parent died in Afghanistan on Mar. 5, 2006
Matthew Mellish | French Lake, New Brunswick | Parent died in Afghanistan on Sept. 3, 2006
Myriam Mercier | Quebec City, Quebec | Parent died in Afghanistan on Aug. 22, 2007
Milann Mitchell | Regina, Saskatchewan | Parent died on Oct. 9, 2008
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shaking hands with Canadian military personnel.
Adam Naismith | Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan | Parent died in Northern Alberta on May 26, 2003
Jocelyn Ranger | Pembroke, Ontario | Parent died in Afghanistan on Nov. 27, 2006
Natasha Roberge | Hamner, Ontario | Parent died in Afghanistan on Dec. 27, 2008
Caitlyn Ternapolski | Pembroke, Ontario | Parent died in Bosnia on Mar. 25, 1993
Ryan Ternapolski | Pembroke, Ontario | Parent died in Bosnia on Mar. 25, 1993
Although Minister of National Defence Peter Mackay was unable to make the ceremony because the HMCS Charlottetown returned from its mission in Libya, Conservative Ajax Member of Parliament Chris Alexander spoke on behalf of the Defence Minister.
Alexander said that everyone in the Canadian Armed Forces represent something special.
Canadian Member of Parliament and former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Chris Alexander
“Like so many communities across this country, we have contributed through that history to building a great country and a better world,” said the former Ambassador to Afghanistan. “What we are celebrating today is that willingness to sacrifice. Not just question of sacrifice made, but we have heavy hearts for what we lost and saw. We will never forget the people who made them, the heroes who made them.”
Towards the end of the event, Goldring gave the distinguished guests with a Canadian coin and a plaque. The Mayor of Toronto, on behalf of city council, provided the Canada Company chairman with a honourary plaque.