CME Branch Commendations

The CME Branch Commendation recognize the outstanding contributions of members and friends of the CME family. Recipients of this award listed on this page.

  • LCol D.J. Foreman, OMM, CD (Ret'd)
    02 May 2017
    CME Colonel Commandant, BGen Steve Irwin (Ret’d), LCol Doug Foreman (Ret’d) and CME Branch CWO, CWO Ron Swift

    Certificate No 035

    This Commendation is presented in recognition of the outstanding dedication, leadership, and personal commitment of Doug Foreman in the development of the Army’s Combat Diving capability as well as championing the continuance of Combat Diving training, tradition and esprit de corps over nearly four decades of active and retired service. Doug has worked tirelessly and with great effect in the continuance of Exercise ROGUISH BUOY on an annual basis since its inception in 1979, one of the longest running exercises in Canadian Army history. Since his retirement, Doug has remained active and involved in Combat Diving activities, initiating, organizing and directing numerous Combat Diver reunions on both coasts. He researched and published '50 Years of Combat Diving in the Canadian Army', an illustrated chronicle of the history of Combat Diving from its inception in the early 1960s, through more recent times. The Canadian Military Engineer Branch commends Doug for his exceptional dedication and leadership as the Engineer Champion for Combat Divers.

  • Sergeant J.J.C. Maillet, CD
    23 Feb 2017
    CWO R.G. Swift (CME Branch CWO), MGen J.S. Sirois (CAF Chief Military Engr), Sgt J.J.C. Maillet and the CME Branch Col Cmdt, BGen S.M. Irwin (Ret’d). Presentation date: 16 Feb 2017

    Certificate No 36

    Sergeant Maillet's extraordinary dedication and pride as the Instructor for Culture and Heritage, at the Canadian Military Engineer's Museum, has brought significant credit to the Military Engineer Branch and ensured the preservation of our history and traditions. Sergeant Maillet has led many tours of students and visiting military, re-modeled the gallery to better show the chronology of our story, was instrumental in the installation of the Beaver Armoured Vehicle Launching Bridge (AVLB) monument as well as many other initiative that have improved the quality of our museum. He is certainly deserving of the CME Branch's commendation.

  • Mme Shirley O’Connell
    28 Apr 2016
    Shirley O'Connell with // avec CWO Swift, MGen McQuillan, LCol Ken Holms (Ret'd) and Col Comdt Steve Irwin

    Certificate 034

    Presented in recognition of her leadership and passionate and tireless work with the Izzy Doll Project. Mrs. O’Connell accepted the responsibility of being the “Izzy Doll Mama” upon the untimely deaths of Carol and Brian Isfeld. For a decade, she has led the movement to provide Izzy Dolls to bring some comfort to children around the world who have been placed in miserable and inhospitable circumstances through war and natural disaster. She actively seeks out opportunities for the distribution of the Izzy Dolls, recruits knitters and conducts workshops. In the past decade, she has personally seen more than 80,000 dolls knitted and distributed. Mrs. O’Connell is a most worthy recipient of the Canadian Military Engineer Branch Commendation for this outstanding work.

  • Mme Sandra Johnson-Penney
    21 May 2015
    CWO R.G. Swift (CME Branch CWO // Adjuc de la Branche du GMC), Ms. Sandra Johnson-Penney (Curator CME Museum // conservatrice du Musée du GMC) and the Col Comdt, BGen S.M. Irwin (Ret’d).

    Certificate 033

    Presented in recognition of her extraordinary passion, care and dedication to the collection, preservation and communication of the history and traditions of the Canadian Military Engineers.

    Her singular efforts will continue to ensure that the Canadian Military Engineer’s memories will be available to inform and inspire many generations to come.

  • Col R.N.H. Dickson, CD
    07 May 2015
    Col R.N.H. Dickson, CD

    Certificate No 031 

    Presented in recognition of his extended tenure as a member of the CME Branch Executive as both the Branch Advisor and the Director Engineers.

    His exceptional leadership, dedication and intelligence greatly enhanced the operational unity and effectiveness of the CME Branch at a critical junction in our history. At all times he placed the best interests of the Branch and its members at the forethoughts of his efforts and decisions.


  • CWO // l’Adjuc K.A. Patterson, MMM, CD
    07 May 2015
    CWO // l’Adjuc K.A. Patterson, MMM, CD

    Certificate No 032

    Presented in recognition of his outstanding service as the CME Branch CWO from 25 June 2012 to 7 May 2015.

    He provided superb advice and guidance to the Branch leadership always representing the best interests of the Branch NCMs. His leadership and dedication have greatly improved the harmony within the Branch and he has played a key role in the growing support and effectiveness of the CMEA.

  • BGen // Bgén R.W. DesLauriers, OMM, CD (Ret'd) (Retraité)
    18 Feb 2015
    BGen // Bgén R.W. DesLauriers, OMM, CD (Ret'd) (Retraité)

    Certificat No 030

    Presented in recognition of his extraordinary leadership, commitment, devotion, and passion that he has demonstrated during his tenure as Colonel Commandant of the CME from 3 March 2010 to 18 February 2015.

    BGen DesLauriers provided stalwart leadership, promoting and enhancing the unity and esprit of the entire CME Family. In rank he is a General, in his heart and in our eyes, he will always be a Sapper!


  • 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron // 438e Escadron tactique d’hélicoptères
    15 Jan 2015
    438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron // 438e Escadron tactique d’hélicoptères

    Certificate No 029

    Presented to 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (438 THS) in recognition of their extraordinary support and commitment to a member of the Canadian Military Engineer Family, WO Patrice Vincent and his family following his tragic death on 20 October 2014.

    The respect paid to WO Vincent and the compassion shown to his family were remarkable and reflect greatly on the leadership, dedication and professionalism of 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and the entire 1 Wing community.

  • Capt William A. Stone, MMM, CD (Retired)
    26 Apr 2014
    CME Branch Commendation award BGen DesLauriers, Mr. Bill Stone and CWO Patterson

    Certificate 028

    Capt William A. Stone, MMM, CD (Retired) excelled throughout his 39-year career as a field engineer. In retirement, Bill continues to be a remarkable ambassador for the Canadian Military Engineer Branch. His tireless support of everything to do with “Sapper” military history, remembrance, and his fellow veterans is most commendable. He is loyal, reliable, dedicated, self-starter who is competent at every endeavour, Bill seeks no recognition for himself. In appreciation of his outstanding and meritorious efforts in supporting Sappers “everywhere,” Capt Stone (Ret'd) is awarded a Canadian Military Engineer Commendation.

  • CFB Chilliwack Historical Society / Société historique de la BFC Chilliwack
    26 Apr 2014
    CME Branch Commendation award BGen DesLauriers, Mr. Jim Harris and CWO Patterson

    Certificate 026

    In recognition of the tireless work of the Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Historical Society to preserve the history and heritage of the former Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack and the Canadian Military Engineers. The Society’s leadership has demonstrated great initiative and perseverance in implementing its numerous undertakings. This leadership has combined with a hard-working and enthusiastic membership body to produce an amazing set of accomplishments. The Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Historical Society is representative of the spirit and dedication of the Canadian Military Engineers and is a most worthy recipient of the Canadian Military Engineers Commendation for its outstanding work.