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October 28, 2010
ST. JOHN’S, NL – On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable John Crosbie, awarded 10 members of the Canadian Coast Guard with an Exemplary Service medal today in St. John’s.
“The recipients of these awards demonstrate their commitment and dedication to Canadians through their duties on a daily basis, but we recognize them today for outstanding achievements and long service record” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. “They represent the best of the Canadian Coast Guard and it is with great pleasure that I offer them my congratulations.”
The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is part of the Canadian Honours System and recognizes Coast Guard employees who, in the course of their duties, provide exemplary service in difficult or critical situations.
Canadian Coast Guard employees who have worked a minimum of 20 years with the department, with at least 10 of those years spent in a risk environment, are eligible for the award when that service is marked by exemplary conduct. After 30 years service, employees are eligible for the Bar that attaches to the medal.
The Canadian Coast Guard operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to respond to the needs of Canadians. On an average day our Coast Guard saves eight lives, handles more than 1,100 marine radio contacts, supports the fishing industry and other sectors with scientific surveys, conducts three hydrographic missions and assists in 19 search and rescue cases.
For further information on the CCG Exemplary Service Medal, please refer to the Governor General’s Site: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=113
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