One Canadian Military, and three Frenchmen decorated by France
The Ambassador of France in Canada, Mr. Daniel Jouanneau, and the Army General, Jean-Pierre Kelche, Grand Chancelier de la Légion d’Honneur, decorated a Canadian military, as well as two French militaries and one French civilian. They will be decorated with the Ordre national du Mérite on June 2nd, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the Embassy.
Commander Ken Holt was born in Vancouver. He joined the military in 1983, and received his training in Chilliwack and at the London University. His duties as a defence attaché in France and in Portugal made him an invaluable and appreciated speaker to his French peers. Since August 2003, he has been responsible for a section of naval architects in Ottawa. In decorating him, France wishes to acknowledge his work as an invaluable link between the Canadian and French armies. He received the insignia of the chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite from general Kelche.
Mr. Jacques Janson was decorated with the insignia of the officier de l’Ordre national du Mérite. Having arrived in Canada 35 years ago, he has served in several minister’s cabinets, notably the Honourable Jeanne Sauvé and the Honourable Serge Joyal. Devoted to the French community in Ottawa, he has been the delegate to the Conseil supérieur des Français de l’étranger since 1997.
The insignia of the chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite was given to Captain (N) Olivier Casenave-Péré, defence attaché at the Embassy,
and to Major Jean-Luc Heckel, French officer of liaison in the Department of National Defence.