A West Vancouver citizen is among seven Canadians recognised by the Government of Canada for exceptional commitment to veterans.
Allan De Genova, a West Vancouver citizen, has been issued a commendation by the Minister of Veteran Affairs for a longstanding commitment to provide volunteer services that improve the well-being of Canadian Veterans.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendations recognize individuals who go above and beyond in improving the well-being, care and remembrance of Canada’s Veterans.
Allan De Genova was nominated for contributions to military personnel, first responders, Veterans and their families with Honour House Society.
A realtor by profession, Allan is the “driving force” behind the establishment of Honour House Society and has been its President for over a decade. Through his tireless work, he secured the support of many organizations and individuals, and his vision came to fruition when Honour House opened its doors in 2010.
Honour House Society is a non-profit, charitable organization that seeks to provide a “home away from home” and place to recover for military personnel and first responders while they are receiving medical care or coping with a tragedy. Since opening, Honour House has provided over 10,000 nights of accommodation in a heritage home.
“It was truly an honour and it was very nice of them to do this,” Allan told the North Shore Daily Post.
He said he remains committed to look after the veterans both young and old. “When people think of veterans, they sometimes think of the veterans from the world wars, but we have many younger veterans too,” he said.
“The honour house is open and will always remain open to Veterans, and I will see to it that no stone remains unturned when it comes to helping them. I will be there unconditionally to help them,” he said.
Recently, Honour House Society launched Honour Ranch, which will offer access to natural, agricultural and environmental treatments and will have mental health professionals available on site.
The 120-acre property in Ashcroft, BC contains ten separate cottages and a main lodge. Allan has made the opening of Honour Ranch a priority and, despite running a real estate marketing company, has poured “hours, days, and weeks” of his time in support of our Veterans, the commendation notes.
He has also worked to raise over $1.2 million dollars required to refurbish the largest cenotaph in Greater Vancouver.