June 05, 2024

OTTAWA, ON (June 30, 2023) –   The Lord Prior of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Professor Mark Compton, with the assistance of the Chancellor of the Priory of Canada, Dr. André Levesque invested 26 outstanding Canadian volunteers into the Order of St. John at a ceremony held in the Senate Building of Canada on Saturday, June 24, 2023. The Order of St. John recognizes meritorious service and dedication to duty by the volunteers of St. John Ambulance. The Order of St. John is a Royal Order of Chivalry and is part of the Canadian Honours System. As such, all appointments are sanctioned by the Governor General on behalf of the King of Canada. 

Promoted to the grade of Knight was Chief Warrant Officer Marc Boucher of Winnipeg, BC, Second Lieutenant Adam Carter of Fenwick, ON, and Joseph Varner of Ottawa, ON.  

Dany Houde of Québec, QC, Major (Retired) Raymond Valentine of Victoria, BC, and Andrew Wilder of Greely, ON, were promoted to the grade of Commander at the ceremony.  

Receiving the Insignia of Officer were Hélène Caron of Laval, QC, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Stanley Grabstas of Ottawa, ON, Lucie Houde of Irlande, QC, Marie Corinne Laflamme of Lévis, QC, and Shawn McLaren of Stittsville, ON. 

The following individuals received the Insignia of Member: 

  • Farhang Ahadzadeh – Burnaby, BC 
  • Corporal Yannick Bibeau – Alouette, QC 
  • Master Warrant Officer Eric Filion – Edwards, ON 
  • Sébastien Gendron – Gatineau, QC 
  • Major Stéphane Girard – Gatineau, QC 
  • Benjamin Holden – Regina, SK 
  • Ying Huang – Vancouver, BC 
  • Gabriella Kwan – Burnaby, BC 
  • Guy Langlois – Laval, QC 
  • Richard N. Liu – Burnaby, BC 
  • Philippe Lurol – West Kelowna, BC 
  • Trong Nguyen – Ottawa, ON 
  • Stephanie Pilkey – Guelph, ON 
  • Cassandra Truman – Surrey, BC 
  • Charles Veillette – Québec, QC 


View the full ceremony on our Youtube channel:

About St. John Ambulance  
As Canada’s standard for excellence in First Aid and CPR services, St. John Ambulance offers innovative programs ensuring Canadians receive the best quality training. Revenue generated from training supports St. John Ambulance’s charitable work. St. John Ambulance is an international humanitarian organization and part of the Order of St. John. Our Vision: Everyone in Canada prepared to save a life. Learn more about our First aid/CPR classes and volunteering at

Patricia Kearney 
Priory Secretary, Order of St. John 
St. John Ambulance National Office 
Phone: 613-801-4158  |