Henry F. Verschuren awarded Brampton’s Key to the City


Published December 21, 2021 at 11:38 am

On Monday (December 20), Henry F. Verschuren was awarded the Key to the City from Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

The Key to the City is a symbolic honour that the City of Brampton awards to highly-valued members of the community who have made an impact on the lives of people living in Brampton.

Verschuren was recognized for his contributions to the City of Brampton as the Parade Commander, and Government and Community Liaison for Royal Canadian Legion Major William Dwight Sharpe Branch 15.

He took on the role as Parade Commander in 1997, but he has been involved in Remembrance Day activities in Brampton since the 1970’s.

As Liaison, Verschuren works with 139 Sea Cadets and 557 Lorne Scots Army Cadets, he also works with all four cadet corps that Branch 15 sponsors.

Verschuren has received numerous awards, including the Canadian Decoration, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, The Sovereign’s Medal, The Minister of Veteran Affairs Commendation, and several legion medals, as well as the City of Brampton’s Long Term Volunteer Service Award for 35+ years of service.

“Receiving the Key to the City from Mayor Brown is truly an honour. It’s overwhelming to hear the long list of achievements and accomplishments over the years, because to me it has never felt like work. I have always considered myself to be part of a team, and the teams I have worked with over the years have been exceptional,” Verschuren said in a news release.

“Being a member of the Lorne Scots for 50 years, a Long-Term City of Brampton Volunteer for more than 35 years, and advocating for veterans is truly my passion. I am proud to be able to speak on behalf of our veterans to show my continued gratitude for their service, and as a lifelong Bramptonian, this really means a lot to me. Thank you,” he said.

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