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