: Stewart McKelvey Recognized by Canadian Forces Liaison Council for Support of Patriotism and Volunteerism Amongst Its Own

March 12, 2010


Giving a helping hand to a local reservist has earned Atlantic Canada’s regional law firm recognition from the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

Stewart McKelvey received a Certificate of Recognition from the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) for their support of the firm’s partner David Henley, who had been deployed to Afghanistan for nearly a year. The award comes via the Awards and Recognition Program which acknowledges employers for being exceptionally supportive in granting leave for training and deployment.

"We recognize the support given by Stewart McKelvey to the men and women who serve," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "We appreciate the sacrifices, willingness and contributions of national and community employers, who through their own sense of patriotism and spirit of volunteerism contribute to the Canadian Forces. For this we are extremely thankful.”

Stewart McKelvey’s Nova Scotia Regional Managing Partner Rick Southcott accepted recognition but saved the highest respect and credit for his colleague, David Henley: “We’re honoured to receive this acknowledgment. However, David’s contribution to the Canadian Forces is of unmatched value. We are proud to support him.”

"I received exceptional support from the firm both throughout my tour and upon my return. This support gave me the peace of mind to focus on the task at hand and made my transition back into the practice of law seamless" says David Henley.

The CFLC dedicates its time to promoting the primary Reserve Force, Canada’s part-time military by highlighting the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to the civilian workplace. Part of this is demonstrating appreciation to employers who have contributed, by assisting their reservist-employees in honouring their commitment to the Canadian Forces.

About Stewart McKelvey
Stewart McKelvey is one of Canada’s 20 largest law firms, with over 220 lawyers and 350 staff in six offices across the region.

David Henley, Rick Southcott and George Cooper (small)

(Pictured left to right:  David Henley, Rick Southcott, George Cooper, Canadian Forces Liaison Council Provincial Chair, Nova Scotia) 

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