30th Anniversary Vimy Award Laureate
J.O. Michel Maisonneuve
CMM, CSM, CD (Ret)
The Conference of Defence Associations Institute is pleased to announce that lieutenant-général J.O. Michel Maisonneuve (ret) has been selected as the 30th anniversary Vimy Award laureate.
The award celebrates an individual’s significant and outstanding lifetime contribution to Canadian security and defence and the preservation of our democratic values. LGen Maisonneuve joins a select group of past awardees which includes Her Excellency Adrianne Clarkson, the Right Honourable Joe Clark, the Honourable BIll Graham, and Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire (ret’d).
General Michel Maisonneuve is a distinguished Canadian who has dedicated his life to the service of his country, throughout a successful military career spanning 35 years. He spent an additional 1O years after retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as the Academic Director at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, and three years as the chosen advocate for the Veterans of Ste. Anne’s Hospital. His contributions to Ste. Anne’s Hospital were exceedingly beneficial as they occurred during the institution’s transition from a federal to a provincial mandate.
At home in Canada, he has been a true defender of bilingualism and the use of French in all facets of his career. In every mission, posting, task or event, he always utilized both of Canada’s official languages, publicly encouraging the use of both and acknowledging the presence of both linguistic groups in every audience. He also ensured that his subordinates always felt comfortable using both regardless of their skill level. In NATO he challenged himself to learn at least one phrase and greeting in each of the 26 national languages represented at the time. Leading by example in this enthusiastic manner made him a much beloved officer by the junior ranks and young officers under his command.
“General Maisonneuve’s outstanding contribution and dedication to our country and its values exemplify the very raison d’être of the Vimy Award. He indeed deserves our utmost respect and gratitude.”
“General Maisonneuve is a true example of leadership. His vision, his courage and his volunteerism make him an exceptional Vimy award recipient”
“I am absolutely delighted that one of the best Canadians I know, and indeed one of the best people I know, has been selected to receive the Vimy Award. Congratulations Michel!
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Previous award winners
Richard B. Fadden., O.C
Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross
The Honourable William (Bill) Graham
Dr. James Boutilier
Honorary Navy Captain, the Honourable Hugh D. Segal
Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring
Brigadier-General W. Don Macnamara
Honorary Colonel Frederick Philip Mannix
Major-General Jonathan Vance
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Warrant Officer William MacDonald
General Rick Hillier
General Raymond R. Henault
Brigadier-General David Fraser
Mr. G. Hamilton Southam
Dr. David Bercuson
General Paul D. Manson
Colonel, the Honourable John Fraser
Air Commodore Leonard Birchall
The Honourable Barnett Danson
Lieutenant- General Charles H. Belzile
Vice- Admiral Larry Murray
The Right Honourable B.Dickson
Dr. Jack Granatstein
Major- General Roméo Dallaire
Major-General William Howard
Major-General Lewis Mackenzie
General John de Chastelain
The Right Honourable Joe Clark