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North Island-Powell River MP recognized for supporting veterans

Women in Defence Award bestowed upon Rachel Blaney

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney recently accepted the 2024 Esprit de Corps Women in Defence Award. She was named as a recipient for her continuous work advocating for and supporting measures that improve the lives of veterans and their families, and specifically for her fight to have the first parliamentary study on the experience of women veterans.

“It’s an honour to accept this award and to fight for the brave women who served and continue to serve our country,” stated Blaney, in a media release. “Never in a million years when I was elected did I think I would be recognized for making a positive change for women in defence. I’ve been fortunate to learn as much as I have about how women in defence contribute to the Canadian Armed Forces.”  

The Women in Defence Award is given to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the Canadian defence sector.

“Women have a place in the military, and we need to be doing what we can to make sure the Canadian Armed Forces is adapting to work for women,” stated Blaney. “To do that, we must support and listen to the women who are already there.

“As someone who represents Comox 19 Wing, this is an incredible honour. I’m deeply grateful to the people who nominated me.”

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