Andrew Robichaud ’15 Receives The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

Ridley College student Andrew Robichaud ’15 was recognized by Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney for his commitment to the remembrance of Veterans last evening in London, Ontario.  He is the youngest of 19 other recipients of the commendation. Andrew wrote, produced and narrated a 20 minute documentary on the life of his great uncle, the Honourable Daniel J. MacDonald, former Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada.  The documentary also featured the Second World War contributions of Andrew’s grandfather Roland MacDonald, and Andrew’s great aunt Mary and uncles Clarence, Walter, Leland and Ronnie MacDonald; all from Bothwell, Prince Edward Island.  Andrew spent more than a year researching and creating his project, receiving help from dozens of cousins and his great aunt Pauline MacDonald, Highlander Regiments, the Prince Edward Island archives, his history teacher Paul O’Rourke, Historian Waldron Leard, and Veterans Affairs Canada.  Since its release in May 2011, Andrew’s documentary has been seen in schools and organizations throughout Canada, United States and France.  Andrew is passionate about remembering the contributions and sacrifices of all those who served.  He is a member of the Ridley College Remembrance Day Honour Guard and The Cadet Drum Corps.  This past April, Andrew, participated in the 95th anniversary pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge, France which also included onsite war lessons by history teacher Mr. Derek Dunkley, and tours of World War II Historical Sites and War Cemeteries in Dieppe, Normandy, Juno Beach and the Menan Gate Memorial in Belgium. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans.  The Commendation is intended primarily for Veterans, but may be awarded to non-Veterans.