Le­gion­naire ex­traor­di­naire

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Min­is­ter commends Spa­niard’s Bay man for com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Calvin Crane of Spa­niard’s Bay has been rec­og­nized with the Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Com­men­da­tion for his com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to vet­er­ans.

A prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion and ac­tive ad­vo­cate for vet­er­ans around the prov­ince, Crane was one of four New­found­lan­ders and 14 “ex­cep­tional cit­i­zens” from At­lantic Canada and On­tario to re­ceive the com­men­da­tion from Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Min­is­ter Steven Blaney. The award was pre­sented Oct. 31 in Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I.

The com­men­da­tion goes to in­di­vid­u­als who have con­trib­uted to the care and well-be­ing of vet­er­ans and to the re­mem­brance of their con­tri­bu­tions, sac­ri­fices and achieve­ments.

A very ac­tive mem­ber of the Royal Canadi an L e g i o n B r a n c h 9 , Spa­niard’s Bay, Crane has held var­i­ous ex­ec­u­tive posts with the lo­cal branch, and serves on sev­eral com­mit­tees.

He is also ac­tive at the provin­cial level, hav­ing served as past-pres­i­dent of Provin­cial Com­mand for New­found­land and Labrador.

In 2004, he be­came chair­man of the Cari­bou Me­mo­rial Vet­er­ans Pav­il­ion Le­gion Ac­tion Com­mit­tee.

Since that time he has worked on a project to add a new spe­cial­ized wing to the pav­il­ion de­signed to fo­cus on care for vet­er­ans with de­men­ti­atype ill­nesses. He was also in­volved in the wing’s of­fi­cial open­ing in 2009.

Cur­rently, he is work­ing on cre­at­ing a gar­den at the pav­il­ion de­signed to meet the needs of de­men­tia pa­tients who wish to en­joy the out­doors in a safe environment.

Crane also ar­ranges for se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials’ an­nual vis­its to the pav­il­ion and rep­re­sents the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion at the pav­il­ion’s an­nual Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices.

In pre­sent­ing the awards, Blaney stated: “These in­di­vid­u­als have made a real and last­ing dif­fer­ence with their ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to our na­tion’s truest he­roes.”

Speak­ing on be­half of all Cana­di­ans, the min­is­ter said he was “proud to ac­knowl­edge their ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts in help­ing to pro­vide the care and recog­ni­tion our vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies de­serve.”

Fred­er­ick Wicks of Con­cep­tion Bay South; Sid­ney But­ler, St. John’s, and Win­ston Childs, Pasadena, also re­ceived com­men­da­tions.

The award in­cludes a bar, which can be worn be­low of­fi­cial dec­o­ra­tions on a vet­eran’s blazer, as well as a lapel pin for civil­ian wear and a cer­tifi­cate.

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