Major-General Jonathan Vance – 2011 Vimy Award Winner
The CDA Institute is pleased to announce that Major-General Jonathan Vance has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the Vimy Award for 2011. The award will be presented on Friday, 18 November at a mixed gala reception and dinner in the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.
Major-General Vance is a charismatic individual, and a warrior. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1982 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment in 1986, upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College. Throughout his career he served in both staff and command positions in Canada, Europe and, recently, in Afghanistan. As brigadier-general he was appointed Commander Joint Task Force Afghanistan and Task Force Kandahar, in 2009, and, again, in 2010. Major-General Vance has exhibited the highest standards of leadership throughout his career in the Canadian Forces and has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and security of Canada and to the preservation of our democratic values.
The Vimy Award honours the bravery and sacrifices of the Canadian soldiers who were victorious at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Fighting together for the first time, the battle won by the four divisions of the Canadian Corps brought global recognition to the nation’s arms and declared Canada a young nation entitled to a place at the councils of the world.
The CDA Institute is the sponsor of the Vimy Award. Since 1991, the Award recognizes one Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.
Previous recipients of the Vimy Award include eminent Canadians from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some of those recipients include the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark (first recipient), General John de Chastelain, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, Major-général Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Jack Granatstein, the Rt. Hon. Brian Dickson, Vice-Admiral Larry Murray, the Hon. Barnett Danson, Air Commodore Leonard Birchall, Colonel the Hon. John Allan Fraser, General Paul D. Manson, Dr. David Bercuson, Mr. Gordon Hamilton Southam, Général Ray Henault, General Rick Hillier, Warrant Officer William MacDonald, and the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson (last year).
The Vimy Award Selection Committee was composed of Dr. John Scott Cowan as Chairman, and, as Members the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Général (Ret) Raymond Henault, Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, Lieutenant-General (Ret) Richard J. Evraire, Vice-Admiral Larry Murray, Dr. J.L. Granatstein, Monsieur Richard Bertrand, Mr. Dan Donovan, Dr. George A. Lampropoulos, Mr. Chris MacDonald, and Mr. Charlie Rate.
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