Tilson Presents Irene Gertrude Stephenson With Commemorative WWII Pin
In the photo (from left to right): David Tilson, M.P. (Dufferin-Caledon); Irene Gertrude Stephenson; and Chris Skalozub, President (Royal Canadian Legion, Colonel Fitzgerald Branch 233, Orangeville).
BOLTON, ON – David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, today presented local resident, Irene Gertrude Stephenson, with a commemorative lapel pin to recognize her service during the Second World War.
“It’s truly an honour and privilege to present this commemorative pin to Mrs. Stephenson for her exceptional service to Canada during the Second World War,” said Mr. Tilson. “She, like so many other outstanding men and women, courageously served our country to defend our shared values of democracy, rule of law, and freedom. We owe Irene and all Veterans a debt of gratitude for their selfless service to ensure we may live in peace.”
Mr. Tilson made the special pin presentation during his annual Caledon Seniors’ Information Expo, co-hosted with the Caledon Seniors’ Centre, held at the Centre’s location in Bolton. Attendees of the Expo observed the presentation along with her husband, Ray, and friends. Members of Orangeville’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 233 were also on hand to assist Mr. Tilson with the presentation.
During the Second World War, Mrs. Stephenson served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1943-1946, where she offered her talents as a typist at Camp Borden, as well as the Ford Military Plant. Her service also led her to meeting her husband at the Ford Military Plant where he was posted when he returned from overseas as a Staff Sergeant mechanic.
In 2015, the previous Conservative government issued the special commemorative lapel pins and certificates to Veterans who served in the Second World War. The pins marked the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the War. The design on these pins is based on the original “Victory Nickel.” It features a flaming torch and a large ‘V,’ which stands both for victory and the coin’s denomination. The pins are intended to recognize the selfless acts of heroism, courage, and loyalty which all Canadian Veterans embody. Last year, Mr. Tilson presented 35 pins to Veterans in his riding of Dufferin-Caledon.