The City of Charlottetown honoured eight people for their military service during the 2014 Veterans Recognition Awards presented during an evening ceremony on Sunday, October 19 at the Rodd Charlottetown.
The Veterans Recognition Awards were initiated in 2005 to mark The Year of The Veteran. Since then, the City of Charlottetown has continued to honour veterans with the private recognition ceremony.
"We are proud of the many men and women who have served this country, making sacrifices so the rest of us can live in safety and in peace," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford. "With these awards, we recognize that veterans are the real heroes of this country and we thank them for continuing to serve in our communities on a daily basis."
Those eligible for the Veterans Recognition Awards include men and women who served in the Armed Forces of Canada during the Second World War, the Korean War or in a Special Duty Area, which is generally referred to as a peacekeeping mission.
The 2014 recipients are:
Major T. Kent MacRae;
Chief Warrant Officer Douglas B. MacDonald;
Warrant Officer Shane D. Flanagan;
Sergeant Benjamin E. Miller;
Master Corporal Peter Simpson;
Master Corporal Nigel MacDonald;
Warrant Officer Robert G. Schnarr;
and Mr. Clayton MacLeod.
For more information on how to nominate a veteran for 2015, contact: 902-566-5548.
Short biographies of each recipient are available below.
(Group photo of recipients taken by Patricia Bourque)
City of Charlottetown
2014 Veterans Recognition Award Recipients:
Major T. Kent Macrae:
Major T. Kent Macrae was born on PEI and graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a reservist for the past 26 years. Most of his military career has been spent in the PEI Regiment, but his military training and taskings have taken him across Canada, as well as to Fort Pickett, Virginia and Santiago, Chile. From January to August 2007, Major MacRae served a tour as the Operations Officer for Canadian Civil Military Cooperation Company at the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction team in Afghanistan. From December 2010 to June 2011, he completed a tour as Deputy Director of Canadian Civil Military Cooperation in the joint United Nations headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan. Major MacRae presently serves as the Officer commanding 36 Brigade Influence Activities Company, located in Charlottetown.
Chief Warrant Officer Douglas B. MacDonald:
Chief Warrant Officer Douglas B. MacDonald enrolled as a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces in Charlottetown in February 1983 and has served in the PEI Regiment for the past 31 years. Joining as a Private, his diligence and hard work propelled him through the ranks to become Chief Warrant Officer. He has served in Brigade and Division Exercises in Canada, Virginia, and London, England. As part of the Canadian Civil Military Cooperation, his training took place in Canada, Virginia and Ankara, Turkey. From November 2008 to June 2009, he served in Afghanistan as part of PSYOPS (Psychological Operations). He is currently the Regimental Sergeant Major of the PEI Regiment.
Warrant Officer Shane D. Flanagan:
Warrant Officer Shane D. Flanagan was born in Charlottetown and grew up on PEI, but his military career began with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment in Edmonton in October, 1996. Over the past 18 years, he has served full-time as a regular force member and has risen through the ranks to achieve his present rank of Warrant Officer. He has participated in numerous exercises throughout Canada and also served several rotations in Germany. Between July 1997 and January 1998, he served as part of the Strathcona battle group in Bosnia, and from August 2011 to February 2012, he was sent to Afghanistan and posted to Kabul as part of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He is presently the Operations Warrant for the PEI Regiment.
Sergeant Benjamin E. Miller:
Sergeant Benjamin E. Miller grew up on PEI, and in 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. He enrolled as a Private in the PEI Regiment in January 2004 and, in only seven years, achieved the rank of Sergeant. His training and taskings have taken him throughout Canada and as well as to Fort Pickett, Virginia. From January 2007 to August 2007, he served a tour in Afghanistan, and in September 2013, he was selected to help train Ukrainian soldiers in L’viv, Ukraine. He is presently the 41 Troop Warrant Officer and the Assistant Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant at the PEI Regiment.
Master Corporal Peter Simpson:
Master Corporal Peter Simpson enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a full-time regular force member in August 2005. He achieved the rank of Master Corporal and has served in the Maritimes as well as at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. From September 2008 to March 2009, he served in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is presently the Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant at the PEI Regiment.
Master Corporal Nigel MacDonald:
Master Corporal Nigel MacDonald enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces with the Regina Rifles in September 2003. Since then, he has served as a reservist across Canada and in the United States – but primarily with the PEI Regiment. He also went to Poland as part of the Canadian contingent to compete internationally in the Inter-Allied Confederation of Reserve Officers competition. He served two tours in Afghanistan from April to November 2010 and from November 2012 to July 2013. He is presently serving with the PEI Regiment.
Warrant Officer Robert G. Schnarr:
Warrant Officer Robert G. Schnarr served with distinction for more than 20 years with the Canadian Forces on bases all across Canada, and in Cyprus as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission. From July 2006 to February 2007, he was deployed in combat mission to Afghanistan and was employed with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. During his deployment, Warrant Officer Schnarr received the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Commander's Commendation for performance and dedication as Quartermaster to the Reconstruction Team. Today, as a graduate of the Atlantic Police Academy, he serves with the Charlottetown Police Services as a Constable.
Mr. Clayton MacLeod
Mr. Clayton MacLeod served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve during the Battle of the Atlantic and the whole of the Second World War. His sea time saw him in service in the North Atlantic, in assault groups and escorting convoys in Russia (Murmansk). He also served in land and sea battles from the White Sea in the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, and participated in the Invasion of France on D-Day. Mr. MacLeod was decorated with the Arctic Star, Invasion of Europe Star, Volunteer Service Medal, the War Medal and the 1939 - 1945 Star.