Craig Dalton, Departing as Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman

A Letter From The President

Association President Steve Walker has advised of learning of the imminent departure of the Veterans’ Ombudsman, Mr. Craig Dalton. A press release from Veterans Affairs Canada and Mr. Dalton’s remarks follow.

James Forrest
Director of Communications
RCMP Veterans’ Association

Craig Dalton

Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Recognizes Veterans Ombudsman

From: Veterans Affairs Canada


Ottawa, Ontario– The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today to thank the Veterans Ombudsman for his dedication to Canada’s Veterans and their families.

“I want to thank Mr. Craig Dalton, who will be departing as Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman this week, as he begins a new chapter in his distinguished career.

As a Veteran with more than 25 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces, Mr. Dalton demonstrated exceptional leadership and showed care, compassion, and respect for our Veterans and their families. He will continue to be a respected voice within the Veteran community, and I am very grateful for his lifetime of service.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish Craig the very best.”

The Office of the Veterans Ombudsman remains fully operational and available to assist Veterans and their families. Details of the open and transparent process to select a new Veterans Ombudsman will be made available soon.

John Embury
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Statement from the Veterans Ombudsman

May 11, 2020

I’d like to announce that I have decided to pursue other challenges and this Friday will be my last in service as Veterans Ombudsman.

My experience as Ombudsman has been rich and one that I am grateful for. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity to have met and engaged with Veterans and their families across Canada and to have worked and collaborated with a number of excellent Veterans organizations and committed individuals who continue to do great work on behalf and in support of our Veterans. I have also very much appreciated the advice and counsel I have received from a number of individual Veterans, family members, passionate researchers and Veterans advocates whose voices, thoughts and ideas have shaped the work of our office. I would especially like to acknowledge and thank the committed members of the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Council for the excellent advice they have given me and for the continued support I know they will provide to the Office.

In closing I would like to thank the highly dedicated team of individuals in the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman – individuals who continue to work hard to advance fairness for Veterans and their families each and every day. I know you will continue to do your best to ensure fair outcomes for Veterans.

Craig Dalton
Veterans Ombudsman

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