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Meritorious Service Decorations

The Meritorious Service Cross (civil) was created in 1991. It recognizes a deed or activity performed in a outstandingly professional manner or of an uncommonly high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to Canada.

Sylvie Fréchette, M.S.C.
(presented: March 4, 1994)

Ms. Fréchette won the Silver Medal in synchronized swimming at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. She had not only recently suffered a terrible personal tragedy, but was also the victim of an unfortunate error on the part of one of the judges which cost her the Gold Medal. The dignity, self-mastery and remarkable determination she displayed in her victory have a brilliance and meaning which go far beyond athletic success.

The Meritorious Service Medal (civil) was created in 1991. It recognizes a deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner or of a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to Canada.

George Frederick Anderson, M.S.M.
(presented: May 31, 1995)

In 1985, Mr. Anderson helped found Habitat for Humanity Canada, an ecumenical housing ministry which seeks to eliminate substandard housing and make decent shelter a reality world-wide. Under his capable leadership, Habitat for Humanity Canada has mobilized the energy of thousands of volunteers across the country to work in partnership with needy families in Canada and 42 others countries. Through their labour, they have rehabilitated poor housing in many communities and helped countless families build their own homes.

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