Kingsburg woman to be honoured with Meritorious Service Cross

by Keith Corcoran

A Lunenburg County woman is being honoured with a Meritorious Service Decoration for her "dedication, professionalism and innovative thinking" that's bolstered Canada's contributions to NATO.

Susan Jane Pond of Kingsburg will receive the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from Governor General Julie Payette during a ceremony November 12 in Ottawa.

"In her role as a senior officer, she has strengthened partnerships and developed practical tools that support good governance across the globe," reads the provided citation. "Her leadership in pioneering the idea of using a trust fund to finance special projects like the destruction of landmines and small arms has bolstered Canada's commitment to building peace and stability around the world."

The Civil Division recognizes remarkable contributions in different fields, such as advocacy, health care services, and research and humanitarian efforts. Contributions can be innovative, set an example for others to follow, or improve the quality of life of a community.

Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

Honours will be presented to 41 recipients during the ceremony at Rideau Hall.

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