MP Erin O’Toole presents Ministerial Coin to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178 Veterans Services Officer John Greenfield to kick-off local Poppy Campaign
BOWMANVILLE, ON – Today, Erin O’Toole, the Member of Parliament for Durham, surprised a local resident with the presentation of a Veterans Affairs Ministerial Coin as the Minister’s last gesture as Minister of Veteran Affairs at a Clarington Older Adult Association luncheon in the Beech Centre.
Just days into the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Campaign, the presentation was aptly timed to recognize the extraordinary contributions that have been made by an exemplary community member who has donated hundreds of hours to support veterans in the community of Clarington. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178 Veterans Services Officer and Bowmanville resident, John Greenfield has been a passionate advocate for veterans leading commemoration ceremonies, parades, street signs, outreach and visitation programs, and has contributed to the placement of hundreds of crosses on veterans’ graves.
Mr. Greenfield has assisted almost 500 Veterans or their spouses access supports or services. He and his wife, Lorraine have gathered the names of more than 3,500 veterans who had volunteered to serve their community and country in times of war. Their names have been inscribed in the Book of Honour in the Town Hall for the public to view. In 2014, John received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2008 and the Legion’s Palm Leaf; an honour that has never before been bestowed upon another member of Branch 178 in Bowmanville.
“It is a bittersweet yet proud moment for me to have the privilege to mark the end of my role as Minister of Veterans Affairs, with the honour of recognizing a champion of veterans in this community,” said MP O’Toole. “John is a true example of good stewardship and volunteerism and with his contributions made over the last decade, hundreds of veterans and their families have been remembered and supported through his efforts.”
The Minister of Veterans Affairs coin is awarded by the Minister of Veterans Affairs for exceptional service.