A Port Hardy Canadian Ranger was among 12 members honoured last weekend as part of the 2012 Canadian Forces Recognition Program.
Tom Cook, a senior technician at Landon Motors, was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and was recognized in the House of Commons Monday during a visit to Ottawa for the CF Recognition Program festivities.
Cook, who was recognized for his work with the local Canadian Rangers and particularly his involvement with and support of the Junior Canadian Rangers, was the only Ranger among the 12 Canadian Forces members selected from across the country.
Cook could not be reached for comments, but Todd Landon, general manager of Landon Motors, said the staff was proud his selection.
“Tom doesn’t say much; he’s a pretty quiet guy,” said Landon. “But I’m not surprised at all to see him selected for this. He’s a stellar individual and someone who’s really appreciated in the community.”
The dozen honourees were selected from across the spectrum of Canadian Forces, including air, land and marine forces, military police, health services, recruitment and the mechanical and engineering division.
Their activities in Ottawa included participation in the Walk/Run in Red, a brunch hosted by the CF Chief Warrant Officer and the visit to the House of Commons, where they were honoured during question period.
“These deserving members have been selected from across the country for the exceptional performance of their duties and their valuable contribution to the Canadian Forces and our nation,” said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff.