Service, sacrifice and loyalty

Crowsnest - Spring 2014 / April 24, 2014

By Virginia Beaton

“You represent what is an essential part of what we are as sailors and as Canadians. It’s all about service, sacrifice and loyalty, and all about being part of something larger than yourself.”

With these words, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), presented the 2013 RCN Centennial Award to Master Seaman William White-Brown, a boatswain in HMCS Preserver.

 Lockheed Martin and the Navy League of Canada sponsor the annual award, which was first presented in 2010. It recognizes excellence among junior non-commissioned members for their contribution to the quality of life in the RCN, as evidenced by “their dedication, enthusiasm and spirit of cooperation at sea and ashore.” It may be given in recognition of a specific action or initiative, or it may be bestowed in recognition of results achieved over a period of time.

As recipient of the 2013 award, MS White-Brown will have $1,500 donations made in his name to Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Lanark in Carleton Place, Ont., as well as to the Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre. MS White-Brown will also receive a personalized certificate and will have his name engraved on the Centennial Cup.

MS White-Brown thanked VAdm Norman and the senior officers and guests present, as well as his shipmates. “Thanks to my bosses for putting me forward for this award, and to Lockheed Martin and the Navy League of Canada for choosing me to accept this award. I accept it on behalf of all of you, because all of you dedicate time at home and at work, working extra hours and long days to make this organization what it is, and our communities what they are.”