Regimental Number: 23742, Member of the Ottawa Division Veteran’s Association

December 12, 2019 was a special day for many however this particular day belonged to S/Sgt. (Retired) Jack Douglas Hearfield as he was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at RCMP National Headquarters in Ottawa.

As stated on The Governor General of Canada’s website;
“The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (SMV) is a national award that recognizes the volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. It is the highest honour for volunteer service that an individual can receive within the Canadian Honours System.”

The site goes on to say;
“The SMV program was created in 2016 to replace its predecessor, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (CCA), conceived in 1995 by then-Governor General the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the CCA by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.”

Who is eligible, “Any living person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible.”

The SMV Citation which accompanied the Medal reads;

“Since its inception in 1995, Jack Hearfield has been involved with the Veteran’s Appreciation Day in Ottawa helping it grow and attract new visitors every year. At this event, he has been keeping the history of the RCMP and Royal Canadian Navy alive with his personally curated artifacts and displays.”

Congratulations Jack, well deserved.