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Come Celebrate The Stanley A. Milner Street Dedication With Us

Posted On: 09/12/2018
Canada Lands Company is pleased to announce an upcoming street dedication event in honour of Stanley A. Milner, former Honorary Colonel of the South Alberta Light Horse, the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve armoured unit.

We look forward to this wonderful event recognizing the tremendous achievements of Stanley A. Milner with national, provincial and local dignitaries, members of the military, friends and family, and those wishing to recognize this distinguished Edmontonian taking place on Saturday, September 22 at the William Griesbach Training Centre (14310-109 Street NW).

We request you and guests attending with you RSVP  so we can properly plan the event staging, guest services and refreshments.

The Milner family’s military legacy is diverse, including many contributions dating back to World War 1. They represent an outstanding example of an Alberta family’s service to Canada’s military.  

The first Milner to join the Canadian military was Stan Milner’s father, Joe Milner, who became the first Albertan to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI. He would eventually achieve the rank of Flight Sargeant and worked with the 17th Cavalry Field Ambulance. He re-enlisted in WWII with the RCAF and was killed in 1947 while flying out of RCAF Whitehorse. His four sons would also serve Her Majesty. 

His service would be followed by many other family members including Sargeant Thomas E. Milner, who served for the South Alberta Regiment and earned the Distinguished Conduct Medal

Private Jarvis H. Milner served with the 2nd Battalion Calgary Highlanders

Flying officer Joe L. Milner served in England in 1944 where he received advanced RAF training flying Lancasters. 

Sargeant M.L.C. Lorraine Milner joined the Women’s Division of the RCAF in 1942 and served as a Parachute Fitter. 

Corporal Thelma Ethelyn Milner joined the Women’s Division of the RCAF immediately following the Pearl Harbour attack in 1941 and was one of the 100 women who went to Toronto to train. She became a photo analyst for military intelligence.  

Stanley A. Milner exemplified the family’s commitment to excellence and military service through his service in the 2nd Battalion, Saskatoon Light Infantry and the Canadian Officer Training Program. His belief in the importance of military service lead to his appointment at Honourary Colonel of The South Alberta Light Horse Regiment. He would later found The South Alberta Light Horse Regiment Foundation, which preserves regimental history while also providing support for retired soldiers and military families. 

Stanley A. Milner’s professional career saw him rise to become one of Alberta’s preeminent business leaders in the energy industry – responsible for the creation and successful operation of several international and local companies including Chieftain International Inc., which he founded in 1988.  

Mr. Milner also held Directorships at prominent corporations including Alberta Energy Company Ltd., Canadian imperial Bank Of Commerce, Canadian Pacific Limited and Chieftain International Inc. plus other North American companies.  

As a public servant, Mr. Milner was a City of Edmonton alderman from 1962 to 1963. 

He also lead many civic organizations and boards including serving as Chairman of the Edmonton Public Library Board and holding senior leadership positions on the Board of Governors for the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the University of Alberta Hospital, Junior Achievement, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. He was also chairman of the Salvation Army Appeal and the Corporate Division of the United Way

In addition, he was a recipient of The Order Of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, and was awarded the Alberta Order Of Excellence.