Governor General’s Award

Please join me to congratulate the Chair of our foundation Brent Schriner whom is to be awarded The Sovereigns Medal For Volunteers.

The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.
The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the viceregal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.
The design of medal was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, based on a concept by Darcy DeMarsico of the Chancellery of Honours. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at its Ottawa facility.

Brent has volunteered thousands of hours of time and has traveled across Canada and to Europe even, all in the cause of Patriotism, love of country, honouring our fallen and serving. It seems like yesterday that he reached out looking to have his car wrapped and for it to become a memorial vehicle. I can still picture it clearly. Fast forward to today and Brent has earned an award only a selected few in Canada can claim.  Brent is a Patriot, and somebody that is always there to lend a hand and especially to the families of the fallen. We have shared more than a few tears over the years, our work has brought us to areas of humanity of intense pride and sorrow, the repatriations, services, and memorials that we have built over the years are for the ages to remember, moments that will forever be in Canadian history when we are long gone.  I personally want to thank Brent for his service to our Country as he is a currently serving member of our forces stationed in Germany.

I am proud to call you a friend.

Chris Ecklund
The Canadian Heroes Foundation

New York National Guard Certificate Of Appreciation

World Juniors
Certificate of Appreciation

Nine years ago, we made a donation of over 200 hockey tickets to the New York National Guard for the World Juniors tournament that was taking place in Buffalo-Niagara. These tickets and 300 more plus a private suite were all donated to us, and soldiers, and their families from both countries had a great time at the event. This plaque was just found in a box in an envelope, so we will find a nice place that we can hang her up soon.

RIP Captain Arnie Goodwin

An old friend and huge supporter of our foundation has passed away. I have know Arnie since the early 1980’s and will always remember his smile, a “Gentle Giant” is how I would describe him.  A celebration of his life will be held this Saturday January 19, 2018 from 1-5pm. It will be held at the fire station in Dunnville located at 111 Tamarac Street.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

My Ultimate Gift

My Cousin whom served in World War 1 made the ultimate sacrifice with his life for our country and his body was never found. His name though lives on for eternity with his name on the Vimy Memorial.  Yesterday our Prime Minister visited the Vimy Memorial and his picture was taken as he touched soldiers names on the memorial, and when I saw the picture I knew that the PM was right were my cousins name was, it was a serene and proud moment when I saw that.   Our Canadian Government has the Casualty Identification Program for relatives that would like to register in the chance that at some point their relative that died during the war and body was never found, might be able to identify any remains that are found in future excavations in the areas of were the battles were fought through DNA matching.  Today I registered myself for this program and am notifying others in my family as well, so that possibly at some point maybe a hundred years from now some future family member might be contacted with news that they found his body. Today as I write this I am in Hamilton, Ontario Canada, sitting on the same land that my family farmed. Later I am going to visit his parents that are buried just a few miles away in Hamilton as well.  Today I got to make my Ultimate gift for his Ultimate sacrifice.