In This Issue 32

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

Can now be viewed on the 3rd floor of Mackenzie Building (Photo by Jennifer Jordan)



A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club:

2864 Pierre Bussieres; 3156 Norman Morris; 4908 Stanley Franklin; 5100 Stephen W Spero; 7207 Edmund Ferenczi; 7660 Martin Hankes-Drielsma;  8052 George B Maday – Lifetime Membership; 8053 Kenneth Malyon; 8277 Serge Gaudreau; 9548 Rémi Landry;

12207 Kevin McCarthy – Lifetime Membership; 12179 Robert L Hills.

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In This Issue 32:



Ex-Cadets in the News

Victoria Edwards wants to know who is he?

John van Haastrecht Adds to Art Collection

Direct From Panet House

CLAUDE SCILLEY: Crusade brought rugby program back to life at RMC

Classy Nostalgia Visit by Jerry Coggins Roddy

Keeping Tabs…

Catching Up With the News

Ways & Means of Passing an Arts Course Without Actually Attending Lectures

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

The Review: Address to the Graduates of the Class of 1942…

We get emails: The Group of ’78 and more

Deaths …

Jen Ochej Talks With 15622 Jason Donville



RMC Foundation Top 10 Classes – #4 – Class of 1953


Jobs – Careers / Carrières





Morale Building Quotes from No. 1633 Major General Chris Vokes (one of our own):

“The meek are a hell of a long way from inheriting the earth.”

“I looked for certain attributes in a soldier. I know the modern method is to put the attributes into a computer and see what comes out. But as far as I am concerned, the computer is the worst damn instrument devised by man to screw up man-management.”

“Generals do not always run wars the way they would like to, nor the troops under them.”

“Command is often not what you do, but the way you do it.”

“No one’s reputation is quite what he himself perceives it ought to be.”

NOTE FROM 12570 MIKE KENNEDY (who has been supplying e-Veritas with these type quotes over the past number of Issues): Judging from the above, you can instantly tell this man is Irish (apparently he was referred to as “Paddy” by his classmates). Former RMCC Sergeant Major Fournier had Irish blood in him as well. Also interesting to note is the fact that, like myself, Vokes earned degree from McGill.

Major-General Christopher Vokes

Christopher Vokes, born in Armagh, Ireland, on April 13th, 1904; died in Oakville, Ontario, on March 28th, 1985. Canadian Army Officer.

The son of a British officer, Chris Vokes was educated at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, from 1921 to 1925. Upon graduating, he joined the Royal Canadian Engineers of the Permanent Force. In 1926-1927, he was a student at McGill University in Montreal and was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. He completed his education with a two-year stay (1934-1935) at the Camberley Staff College in England.

Starting in 1939, Vokes rapidly rose through the ranks of the Canadian General Staff. With the 1st Infantry Division, he served as Adjutant General, Assistant Quartermaster General, General Staff Officer, grade 1, and as Officer Commanding the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He proved to be an outstanding operation officer and on June 24th, 1942, was promoted to Brigadier, in charge of the 2nd Infantry Brigade.

It was under Vokes that the 2nd Infantry Brigade landed in Pachino on July 10th, 1943, and started its march through Sicily’s rugged terrain. The Brigade crossed over to mainland Italy in September 1943. On November 1st of that year, Vokes was appointed commander of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and promoted to Major-General. He took part in the bitter fighting leading to the capture of Ortona on December 27th, 1943. A few months later, on May 23rd, 1944, the 1st Canadian Division, progressing along the Liri Valley, broke through the Adolf Hitler Line. Under Vokes’ command, the 1st Division stayed its northwards course and pierced the Gothic Line on September 3rd, 1944.

On December 1st, 1944, Vokes, was given command of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division. He led his troops through the Battle of the Hochwald, in February-March 1945, then across the plains of northern Germany to the final victory. From June 1945 to May 1946, Vokes remained in Europe as General Officer Commanding the Canadian Army Occupation Force.

Back in Canada, General Vokes was put in charge of the Canadian Army’s Central Command and later of Western Command. He retired from the military in 1959 and, in 1985 published his memoirs, My Story.

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

Retiring 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare says the world needs more diplomacy

“Pre 9/11 there wasn’t a significant consciousness of the need for Canadian Forces in the modern age. Post 9/11 everybody’s paradigm had a sort of shake, and there was a sort of consciousness that the world is not a safe and secure, take-it-for-granted, stable place,” Beare said.

“That was quite a seminal point for Canada and Canadians in terms of the understanding of the world, an appreciation for a modern need for a modern military and an understanding that you have one and it’s working for you.”


Defence Minister visits Canada’s West Coast air base

“It was a pleasure to host the Honourable Rob Nicholson at 19 Wing,” said Colonel Tom Dunne, the commander of 19 Wing. “The Minister took great interest in learning more about the long range patrol and search and rescue missions that we perform and support on a regular basis.

 “Our members were proud to tell him more about their individual roles at one of the RCAF’s busiest wings.”

17829 Col Tom Dunne – Article


Durham students begin journey to becoming officers in the Canadian Forces

“A lot of people in the military assume you know how to do things, that’s not always the case,” she said.

 She said the first year is the hardest. “Stay strong, teamwork is super important.”

26171 Jessica Henry – Article


1 in 6 soldiers affected by alcohol-related or mental health issues

“Any one applicant will have their name in with many employers and will jump from one to the next during the process taking the best offer. This is where the competition comes in,”

14474 Lt.-Gen. David Millar -  Article


Commemoration of the 1st Canadian Division Centenary

“For us, a flag symbolizes where troops gather, where they will find their ‘home station’,” said the 1st Canadian Division Commander, Major General Dean Milner. “This strengthens the historical ties of the 1st Canadian Division with the Kingston area and Husky Energy’s gift is a true example of dedication to its community.”

14596 Major General Dean Milner - Article


Sechelt army cadet is best in platoon

Cadet Nathaniel Marshall of Sechelt is presented with the plaque recognizing his achievement as the best cadet in his platoon during the three-week basic leadership course at Vernon army cadet Summer Training Centre by the reviewing officer, 14090  Lt. Col. Kevin Tyler, commanding officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers. – Wayne Emde Photo -  Article


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Victoria Edwards wants to know who is he?

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

Who was he?

  • The son of Sir Robert Linton ____ of Halifax, N.S., studied engineering at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. until graduating in 1890.
  • He joined the federal Dept. of Militia & Defence in Ottawa on 22 February 1897.
  • He was appointed Chief Architect and Engineer to replace Lieut. Fred White from 1897-1905.
  • He was responsible for overseeing the design and construction of militia and defence buildings in Canada which were not designed by the Dept. of Public Works, for which Thomas Fuller, Chief Dominion Architect, was responsible.
  • He supervised and inspected Militia buildings, and designed Munitions Stores buildings, often erected adjacent to Drill Hall buildings that were designed by the Chief Architect of Canada. The Cartier Square Drill Hall, for example, was designed by Dominion Architect Thomas Seaton Scott (1879-80).
  • The largest of the works he designed was at the rear of the Cartier Square Drill Hall, measuring 150 feet by 70 feet, and used for the storage of weapons, uniforms, and ammunition.
  • He resigned from his post after 1905 and later returned to Halifax where he died on 14 July 1925.

a) 221 C.M. Dobell

b) 250 P Weatherbe

c) 499 E de B Panet

d) 433 T.V. Anderson

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John van Haastrecht Adds to Art Collection

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

BONAVENTURE – Starting Number 2 (Photos by Jennifer Jordan)

John van Haastrecht Adds to Art Collection

Article by: Rod McDonald

In 2011,H7076 John van Haastrecht donated a collection of 69 paintings to RMC, including the works of Batten, Tillenius, Keirstead, Robertson and Dickson to name a few. However, one of his favourite sets was a series of 5 paintings by Jack Ford, a RCN aviator who flew the Tracker aircraft on HMCS Bonaventure as did John.

After retiring in 1993 Jack took up painting as a pastime. His works included 5 paintings depicting flight operations on board HMCS Bonaventure. In his own words Jack Ford said: “Painstaking is a good word to describe what I do, but at the end it is very worth it to show fellow Canadians a segment of our Military history that has almost been over looked. I also do it to honor the great many friends who were killed in Naval Aviation while serving on Canada’s four aircraft carriers”.

John fell in love with the paintings and snapped them up as part of his collection, which he proudly displayed in his office in downtown Toronto until donating them to RMC. John recently became aware that Jack Ford had painted a sixth in the series, and wishing to complete the set, purchased the original from him. Having recently arrived, the photos show 8057 Ross McKenzie, Curator of the RMC Museum receiving the painting from, Rod McDonald, Executive VP, RMC Foundation.

“Staring Number 2” will fly in formation with the other 5 paintings in the series. They can be viewed on the 3rd floor of the Mackenzie Building.




Jack joined the Royal Canadian Navy/Canadian Armed Forces in 1957 and served primarily as a navy pilot. He flew the CS2F Tracker on two operational tours from HMCS BONAVENTURE, a light Fleet Carrier, with VS-880 Squadron. Jack also served as a Landing Signals Officer (LSO).

From 1971 to 1973 Jack was on Exchange Duties with the US Navy out of Quonset Pt., R.I. with VS-32 and VS-22 Squadrons flying the S2E aircraft. In all, he flew from the USS ESSEX, WASP, INTREPID, SARATOGA, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT and LEXINGTON, accumulating over 300 deck landings including over 100 night landings.

Returning to Canada, Jack served in a wide variety of staff and ground positions including two tours in the Middle East with the United Nations as a Military Observer working out of Jerusalem, Tiberias and Cairo.

Jack finished flight duties with VP-405 Squadron flying the CP-107 Argus long range patrol aircraft, and the CP-140 Aurora in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role About Jack Ford – The Pilot and the Artist From an artistic point-of-view, Jack started sketching while in the Middle East. Upon retirement in 1993 he took up the challenges of painting and hasn’t looked back since. His subject matter ranges from landscapes and pets, to seascapes and portraits but it is his naval aviation scenes that bring his memories as a pilot to life in a vivid and sensitive fashion. His renderings of the “Bonaventure” scenes and “S2-Roger Ball” bring back a time when young, fearless and dedicated carrier pilots shared demanding and often dangerous flying experiences during the Cold War. It was a special time when unique and lasting bonds were created.

Copies of a number of Jack’s paintings are currently on display at three military museums across Canada. Jack now resides with his wife Judy in the town of Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada, located on the east coast of beautiful Vancouver Island.

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Direct From Panet House

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

Direct from Panet House

By Bryan Bailey, Executive Director – RMC Club

Breaking News – Redesigned Club On-line Gift Shop is Open for business!

As part of the redesign and modernization of the Club website, the on-line gift shop is now powered by a state of the art e-commerce engine.  While we are still populating product and photos, the on-line gift shop is now open for business in time for the annual Reunion Weekends.  I would encourage you to visit the Club website to check it out or to directly link to the page:

New Member’s Only Portal

Another key component of the redesign was the addition of a portal for Club members only.  This portal will provide members with access to the Records of Decisions of Annual General Meetings as well as Executive Committee and General Council meetings.  In an effort to promote greater transparency, the Club financial statements will soon be added.  Lastly, we will relocate the popular nominal roll to this section for reasons of privacy.  In the future, we will soon be moving all of the digital versions of Veritas magazine so that they are readily accessible to our Club membership and provide an alternative to mail delivery.

In order to gain access to these documents, it will be necessary for Club members to register so that they can be authorized access using their unique username, e-mail and password.  We plan to be able to authorize members access starting next week.  You can find the link to this portal at the top of the website page or by following this link:


Veritas Magazine Advertising – We need your support!

With the publication of the Summer Veritas edition now complete, we are turning our efforts to preparing for the Winter edition which will be published and distributed end November.  As always, we are seeking new advertising so if you, your company or an organization that you know might be interested in advertising, your support and assistance would be very much appreciated.  The links to the rates cards in English and French can be found on the Club website at the following link:


New Date for RMC Reunion Weekend 2015

Recently the Club has learned that the 2015 RMC Reunion Weekend has been advanced one week from what had been projected on the Club website.  For classes graduating in either a 0 or a 5, the 2015 Reunion in Kingston will take place on 24-27 September 2015.  While we understand the impact and inconvenience of changing dates, the reality is that Reunion Weekend is linked to the culmination of the First Year Orientation Program and that this date will determine the date of Reunion Weekend.


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CLAUDE SCILLEY: Crusade brought rugby program back to life at RMC

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

Crusade brought rugby program back to life at RMC


As campaigns go, this one got pretty intense, Rob Parent recalls.

“It got very interesting,” Parent said.

“I made myself a huge pain in the ass.”

Not even generals could elude the crusading Parent, who one day struck up a conversation with Rick Hillier, the former chief of defence staff, who he happened upon in the men’s room at National Defence Headquarters. “I was trying to get him to support the rugby team as a leadership-development tool for army officers,” Parent said.

“I had no pride when it came to shilling for the rugby program. No one was safe.”

Parent did not attend Royal Military College as a cadet but he is no less connected to it. He spent four years living on the grounds, while his father taught surveying to civil engineering students there. He had two postings to the college, as a squadron commander and a division commander.

Oh, yeah. He also coached rugby there.

Parent was on a tour in Bosnia a dozen or so years ago when he heard of the program’s demise, and he was dismayed at the news. “Rugby’s a premier team sport, with minimal costs and great benefits,” Parent said. “The fact that I had almost 10 per cent of the institution participating was deemed to be extraneous to the institution and could be let go.

“It was a huge, huge mistake.”

There wasn’t a lot anybody could do from several time zones away, but when he got back to Canada, Parent made it his mission to resurrect the program. He knew it wouldn’t be easy, but he was determined.

“I objected, not just as a rugby coach, but as an officer and someone who saw the institution letting go a premier leadership-development and warrior-development tool. It was also a wonderful linkage to military communities across the world,” he said.

“When I returned I made it one of my purposes in life to argue as convincingly as I could for bringing back the rugby program.”

Parent was serving with the Brockville Rifles militia unit at the time, and he set about the task with vigor but he quickly realized that no amount of zeal was going to make things happen any more quickly. “You can’t eat the elephant all in one bite,” he said, but months later he managed to get a rugby match scheduled one ex-cadet weekend, current students versus old boys.

“That went off really well,” he said. “There was a lot of moral support from the ex-cadet world. People were finally saying, ‘Why did this happen? Explain to me again why this was a good idea.’ They could not produce a viable reason why the program was decommissioned.”

That proved to be the beginning of the end of rugby’s hiatus.

“The thing about RMC is there’s a lot of reachback, both by ex-cadets that have sons and daughters at the institution, and by senior officers who retain a very strong interest in it,” Parent said, “so this debate began to get traction in senior quarters and I suspect that more and more support was being generated in the wider military community.

“Then we got an opportunity to have a spring camp and I remember we ran an intramural program. That’s when I was pretty satisfied that rugby was going to return.”

Return it did, seven years ago, after a lapse of about four years.

Parent came upon the object of his passion quite by accident. He was casting about for an activity to supplement his fitness for hockey — he was a charter member of the Kingston Canadians, with whom he played four years in what remains, 40 years later, as the salad days of major junior hockey in the city — when he discovered the Kingston Panthers.

“That was my first exposure to serious rugby competition and I loved it,” Parent said. “I was young enough and fit enough, I was running around like a silly bugger. I didn’t really know what I was doing but I was chasing the ball and they were happy with me doing that.”

The city’s club team was a melting pot of local players, intercollegiate players from Queen’s, and English, South African and Australian ex-pats. “It was really interesting,” Parent said. “You’re a 19-year-old young man and you’re meeting all these individuals and integrating with them. It was a special sporting experience. It was a lot of fun but really inspiring—the comradeship, the game itself, that idea of being that one collective spirit on the pitch. It bonds you to the game.”

Hockey was Parent’s first athletic pursuit. After junior, he was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars. The 79th player selected in the draft, he played one year with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International league (whose coach, Gregg Pilling, just happened to be married to the daughter of RMC coaching legend Danny McLeod). “That was great fun but I decided to go back to school.”

Parent wound up in Wilcox, Sask., at Athol Murray College, which at the time was associated with the University of Regina. While there he was a teammate on an intermediate squad that included former Olympic players Barry MacKenzie and Terry O’Malley. Parent himself was among those who auditioned for the 1980 Olympic team, Canada’s first since it began a boycott of world championships ten years earlier.

He put hockey aside to concentrate on his studies and finished his degree at the University of British Columbia. Each summer, he’d return to Kingston and play rugby with the Panthers.

“It was a very natural progression to go from sports into the military,” said Parent, who joined the infantry out of university in 1983 with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. From Calgary to Gagetown to Edmonton to Winnipeg, Parent did a lot of in-battalion work, but it started to become apparent that his role would be in training and instructing.

His first posting to Kingston was to 1 Canadian Division in 1996 and one year later he found himself commanding a squadron at RMC. “It was a lot of fun working with cadets,” he said. “It’s a challenge, but a very rewarding challenge.”

Parent subsequently served his first overseas tour in Cyprus, his second in Bosnia, and then after a year and a half at NDHQ, he transferred to the reserves with the Brockville Rifles, with whom he eventually rose to commanding officer. It was while with the Rifles he served in Afghanistan, training the Afghan National Army at the NATO headquarters in Kabul.

Parent rejoined the regular force, dropped a rank to major, and spent the next four years as division commander at RMC. Then followed a tour with the Multinational Force of Observers (MFO) peacekeeping force in the Sinai, which just recently ended.

Throughout his career, Parent continued to be involved in rugby, both in the community and on forces teams, and in battalion hockey, which produced two of his most memorable athletic moments.

“I had the best scrap I’ve ever had with the Vandoos,” he said. “It was a great scrap, a regimental donnybrook. One of the linesmen tried to grab me and that wasn’t a good idea because I deposited him into the net and carried on with the festivities.”

That was at the first army-wide hockey championship at Petawawa. Former RMC star Steve Molaski helped CF Europe to the title, but the next year the Patricias won, defeating an NDHQ team in the final that featured former Paladins goaltender Andy Scott.

Parent scored a goal in that game.

“Not just scored,” Parent corrected. “As you know, in my junior career I was never known as a goal scorer,” reminded the former defenceman, warming to the recollection.

“There was a clearing pass, I knocked it down, beat a guy wide, beat another guy by slipping it between his legs, put Andy on the ground, flopping like a fish out of water, for the winner.

“It’s like God came down and touched me and said, ‘You’ve got the next 10 seconds; you’re Wayne Gretzky—don’t (mess) it up.”

Though he’s not an alumnus, Parent said his first posting to RMC was very much a homecoming. In his youth he’d lived on Rideout Row, the curent location of CDA headquarters. “We were right on the corner. My window overlooked the baseball diamond, the football field and the harbour. For a budding athlete, it was heaven. It was like living in a big park.

“At that time you could go and every Saturday morning you could shoot. The cadets and the staff taught me how to shoot.”

McLeod, at the time the hockey coach and athletics director, lived in Cavalry House. “He had the best Halloween candies going,” Parent said. “Everybody went to Uncle Danny’s.”

People remembered his father, Robert, Jr., recalled.

“There’s a generation of engineers out there that have been traumatized by my father teaching surveying,” he said. “I have a more than superficial resemblance to my father and when I first arrived at a regimental engineering function I popped myself up and people saw my name tag and they saw my face and they went, ‘Arrgh, boomer’s back! He’s reincarnated! Oh my god!’

“It was flattering. There were a couple who, having had a few beers, maybe wanted to get a little aggressive, but most of them were very complimentary. He was very demanding but he was very fair. If you did the work, you got the rewards. It was as simple as that.”

Though the college was familiar, Parent said going there as squadron commander involved learning a new culture, though he did so with the benefit of understanding the context of the institution.

“For all its warts, RMC has always been physically my home,” he said. “Coming there as a senior captain, being involved in training with infantry officers, it felt very natural.” It just so happened the college was in the market for a rugby coach and Parent was looking for an opportunity to stay involved in the sport.

“There’s no better way to know cadets as individuals and to understand what their lives are about and what they’re going through, than to be a coach on the grounds. There’s such a distance between a commissioned officer and a cadet. Sometimes it’s very difficult to bridge that without getting too informal. A coaching relationship is ideal for bridging that, but still there’s a sense of distance. You’re still sir, you’re still an authority figure, but I don’t have to be so structured.”

Parent now lives in Newburgh, a village northwest of the city, in a limestone home built in 1848, where he awaits his next posting. He’s the father of three: a daughter Ariel, who lives in Vancouver, a son, Robert, “a young corporal doing all the things I love to do, jump out of airplanes and stuff like that” with the Royal Canadian Regiment, and a daughter, Laura, who recently graduated from Queen’s University.

Ed Note: We were on the ground at the college when the announcement was made that rugby would be dropped as a varsity sport. There is no doubt that Major Rob Parent led the charge to have the decision reversed. We also recall the late 14944 Phil Cowie and 20763 Mike Hooper both of whom played big roles, working with Rob, in the lengthy process of having varsity rugby reinstated.

Later a number of others jumped on the bandwagon but these three were definitely the key leaders. who were out front early kicking and screaming.

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Classy Nostalgia Visit by Jerry Coggins Roddy

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

All photos by Curtis Maynard

Special Visit to Coggins Club


Imagine for a moment visiting a place where your dad worked (served) for close to 30 years. Imagine further, you haven’t set foot on the grounds since his memorial was held there about 29 years ago. Imagine even more you have been invited to visit a very special room located within the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada that was named in his honour. Imagine too you will be be speaking with the person who now fills the position once filled by your dad for so many years.

Finally, imagine the feeling when one of the first persons you meet on the visit is the gentleman that gave the eulogy at your dad’s Memorial Service back in 1985.

The College had the pleasure of welcoming back the daughter of Sergeant Major J.E. Coggins, MBE,CD last Wednesday (13 Aug), Jerry (Coggins) Roddy. She was welcomed to the College by the present College Chief Warrant Officer, CPO1 Keith Davidson , the PMC of the Coggins Club, WO Jim Harper, members of the Coggins Mess Committee, 13134 Col (ret’d) Bill Lewis (who organized the visit) and 3572 MGen (ret’d) Frank Norman. RMC Club, Executive Director, 13987 Bryan Bailey was also part of the reception group.

It was a very emotional and heartwarming visit, as Jerry had only visited the College one other time since the Memorial Service for her father in February 1985. MGen (ret’d) Norman was the Commandant at that time, and as previously reported in eVeritas, gave the eulogy at the Memorial Service. During the visit, Jerry Roddy presented to the Coggins Club a few mementos from her father, including three of his trophies won for both military and athletic excellence, copies of some of his early drill and first aid manuals, his Royal Fusileers tie and beret, and his Royal Fusileers photo.

These items were very gratefully accepted by CPO1 Davidson , on behalf of the College, and will be adequately displayed in the Coggins Club. Many stories and anecdotes from “Coggie” were shared, with many ending with one of his famous sayings: “I have seen better; I have seen worse, but not many!

Ms Coggins Roddy was very touched by the visit, and was thrilled to see the College and the Coggin’s Club. It will certainly be an afternoon that she won’t soon forget.

A special tip of the hat to both Jim Harper and Bill Lewis for making it – not just happen – but with that extra touch of class that made it a very special visit.

More photos from the visit here

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

Group Business Planning Manager at Department of National Defence

ACSO at Canadian Armed Forces

Business Broker (Help buy or sell a business) – Broker of Record

System Administrator at University of Saskatchewan

Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer at Canadian Forces


Recently posted from CDA back to RMCC

Program Manager at Communications Security Establishment (CSE)

Major with 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry at Canadian Armed Forces

Compliance Officer and Infrastructure Plans at Canadian Armed Forces

VP Systems at NH3 Canada Inc.

Associate Environmental Engineer at AMEC

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Catching Up With the News

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014


Professor Lubomyr Luciuk (Department of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada) has recently published “Jews, Ukrainians and the Euromaidan” which traces the generally positive role played by Jewish Ukrainians and the Jewish Diaspora in support of the Ukrainian revolution of November 2013 (Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto in association with the Kashtan Press, 2014, ISBN #978-896354-13-2).


Military staff at CFB Halifax wage war on new parking fees



Why Canada needs a competitive process to choose a fighter jet



Princess Patricia’s centennial memorial relay to visit 24 locations across five provinces – Canadian Army Soldiers running relay from Edmonton to Ottawa



Glen Grunwald named McMaster Director of Athletics and Recreation



Air Force coaches told to help curb assaults



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Ways & Means of Passing an Arts Course Without Actually Attending Lectures

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

Slack Mac IV

Slack Mac IV

Slack Mac IV

Slack Mac IV

Click on sketches for better viewing…

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Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

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Connecting Our Past, Preserving Our Heritage / Témoigner de notre passé pour préserver notre héritage

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The Review: Address to the Graduates of the Class of 1942…

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We get emails: The Group of ’78 and more

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

I would like to bring to your attention a conference that may be of interest to you and others in the RMC Club.  The Group of 78 is holding its annual policy conference this September 26 -28 at the Canadian War Museum on the theme, World War 1 and Contemporary Policy on War and Peace. With considerable attention this year to the anniversary of the First World War, particularly of a commemorative nature, we see value in relating that time to our current environment.  The attached Backgrounder explains our thinking in choosing this theme – in short, to draw lessons from the whole experience of 100 years ago for application in today’s geopolitical climate.  We aim to make the conference relevant and attractive to anyone interested in current issues of war and peace, diplomacy and international cooperation.

We have an exciting program with a solid line-up of speakers and panelists (Canadian and international) for us to delve into history and bring it forward to address current critical global issues.  Key features of the event include:

  • Lead keynote by History Professor Desmond Morton
  • Comments from Gen. John de Chastelain & Paul Heinbecker
  • Performance by Soldiers of Song: A Tribute to the Dumbells, a soldiers group in WW1
  • Perspectives from “the other side”, speakers from Germany, Austria & Turkey
  • Canadian Actor R.H. Thomson’s project of remembrance
  • Art tour of two special exhibits in the War Museum with commentary
  • Concluding panel with moderator CBC’s Michael Enright
  • Drawing conclusions and recommendations for public policymakers & further public discourse

We are looking to attract people from a wide range of academia, civil society, faith communities, youth & students, military & public service (retired or otherwise), and anyone else interested in Canadian public discourse and Canada’s place in the world.

If you have any questions about the conference program or logistics, please feel free to contact either Mary Edwards, our Executive Secretary at 613 230 0860 or or myself at 613 828 0372 or  You can find further information on the Group of 78, focusing on international affairs and Canadian foreign policy, at

We would also be most grateful if you could share or circulate this information with others in the Club and its networks.

We thank you for your cooperation.  With all good wishes,


Richard Harmston

Chair, Group of 78

Tel 613 828 0372

Cell 613 869 0372


Group of 78
244 – 211 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

(613) 230-0860


Re: Direct from Panet House – 10 Aug

I am not sure that LCol Gardner was living in Panet House in 1961. After it was converted to office space, the English dept had some offices there and the dental clinic was on the third floor. I had some particularly difficult dental work done just before Christmas exams in my fourth year, which would have been in Dec 61 and it was done in Panet House.

If LCol Gardner was living there, he was not occupying the entire building.

Interestingly, when I moved in there in 1981, some of the cupboards, counters and sinks used by the dental clinic were still in place in the small room on the east side of the building. My daughters (17 and 18 at the time) used the other two small rooms as their bedrooms and the large room facing south as kind of a TV/homework/sitting room.

Layne Larsen


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Deaths …

Posted by rmcclub on August 18th, 2014

ALBERTSON, Irvin J. “Pic” – Proud WWII Veteran -14th Field Reg. RCA and D-Day. Peacefully at his home, with family by his side, on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Helen Isabelle (Burke). Loving father of: Mary Thachen-Cary of Toronto, Tom Albertson (Cathy Marshall) of Kingston and John (Laurie) Albertson of Kingston. Cherished by his grandchildren: Ryan, Lauren and Emily. Predeceased by his parents Irvin William and Josephine Albertson, and by his sisters: Rosemary and Lois, Amey Clesse and Kathleen Burns. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOMES , 49 Colborne Street (at Clergy St.) on Tuesday, August 12th from 5 until 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the church of St. John the Apostle, Patrick Street, on Wednesday, August 13th at 1:00 p.m. Rite of Committal with prayers in St. Mary’s Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to the Salvation Army or St. John the Apostle Church, would be appreciated in Pic’s memory. A special thank you to Friar David Collins for his spiritual and moral attention, to Doctors Stephen Hinton and Joyce Hataley and to the caregiver Erin Shaw for their kindness and caring concern for Dad.

Ed Note: “Pic” Albertson was a longtime employee at RMCC. For the majority of the time he worked in clothing stores; he would also be seen swimming regularly at the college pool mostly over the noon hour. He organized and ran very popular  swimming classes for children of military & civilian staffs fro years starting back in the 1950s.  He did this as a volunteer on saturday mornings.

He retired around 1985 and at his retirement he was presented with a lifetime pass to the RMCC pool by then commandant BGen Frank Norman. The lifetime pass was an enormous source of pride to “Pic”. We would meet unexpectedly from time-to-time – he never failed to mention the lifetime swimming pass he had for the RMCC pool.


BAYNE, David Grant ‘Dave’ July 8, 1945 – July 31, 2014.

RCN, LCdr (Ret’d.), passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Hospice Wellington after a very brief illness. Family meant everything to Dave and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for those he loved. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Bayne and his wonderful children, Michelle Karker (Michael) and Peter Bayne (Jennifer). He was a proud Grandpa to Austin, Riley and Rachael Karker and Cate and Amanda Bayne and a devoted son of Francis (Frank) Bayne of Guelph, Ont. and Gladys Bayne of Barrie, Ont.

David was a brother, an uncle and a friend to many through¬out this wide world of ours. Dave served Canada as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years, first as a MARS officer then as a Pilot. He was a graduate of VENTTURE (Naval Officer Training Centre (1965) and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) (1976). Dave’s career has spanned many facets of military and commercial aviation and he was most recently Director of Flight Operations for George Weston Limited. He was fortunate to have had a vocation which he loved and never considered to be work. Dave always embraced adventure and he and Liz travelled extensively throughout this amazing world of ours. Their favourite place was always ‘the Cottage’ in Chance Harbour, where family and friends would meet and celebrate being together.

Dave was a respected leader and mentor to man y within the military and aviation industry. His ability to recognize the capabilities and talents of individuals was remarkable. He was a loyal friend and colleague who considered others before himself. Dave had a great life but had so many plans for the future. The family is devastated that this disease brought down such a strong man, a loving man, a man who seemed at times larger than life, in such a short period of time.

A celebration of David’s life was held August 7th. Source


RCNC 340 William George Welbourn was a member of the class entering RCN – RCAF College Royal Roads in 1947 and graduating in 1949.

WELBOURN, William George -aged 85, died peacefully on August 9th following a brief illness. Bill experienced a distinguished career as an officer of The Royal Canadian Navy and as a professional engineer for Ontario Hydro. Post retirement, he relocated to British Columbia with his wife of 36 years, Judith. An active and proud member of The Masonic Society and The Gizeh Shrine, Bill enjoyed a close friendship with his brethren. His love of music was evident by all who heard him play at special events and for patients in the extended care ward of Saanich Peninsula Hospital. His generosity will live on in the many causes he will continue to support. Remembered as a gentle bear who adored Judith, Bill loved his 3 sons, their spouses, his 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bill’s charities of choice: The Montréal Childrens’ Hospital Foundation and The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. As per his wishes, no funeral or memorial service will take place. We, the family, would like to thank the staff of Saanich Peninsula Hospital. We are grateful for their care and respect. We also acknowledge the many, many friends who have touched Bill’s life. We wish him “Fair winds and a following sea”. – See more at:


BAUMGARTEN, PHILIP It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip Baumgarten on Sunday August the 3rd. Philip passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after fighting a courageous battle of cancer since November 2013. Born September 7th, 1938 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan. Philip was the oldest of six children. He is predeceased by his mother and father, as well as his youngest sister, Marylou. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 48 years, Karin, son Roger (Miu) daughter Ramona (David), granddaughters Nicole and Natalie and their father Serge, and his brothers Lloyd (Ethel), Gene (Chrissy), Joe and Denny (Elaine). Philip was a dedicated soldier, retiring as Sergeant Major in 1989 after 32 years of service. He served a number of tours which included Vietnam, Cyprus, and Germany, and ended his career teaching at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. He and Karin moved to Kelowna in 2000. Philip will be remembered lovingly by his family as a man with a big heart, a love of classic country music, and an unwavering devotion to his family and his career. Our family would like to express our utmost thanks and appreciation to the all members of the Palliative team, the Cancer agency and Dr. Du Plessis for the compassionate care and enormous support that they offered throughout his battle, and a very special thank you to David Kyle, his friend and nurse during his last weeks. He will be dearly missed. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


5872 Coppin , James “Al”

June 12, 1940 –August 3, 2014

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and brother-in law on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. He fought his long battle with Lewy-Body Disease to the end. Loved and dearly missed by his wife Sharon, son Steve (Sue), daughters Laurie (Dave) and Shannon, grandchildren Elysia (Robbie) and Aaron (Jessica) and great granddaughter Brooklyn and another grandchild on the way. Loving son of the late Betty and Alf Coppin of Thunder Bay. Sadly missed by his brother Doug (wife Susan), sister Cherie (husband Larry) a niece and nephew and families in Thunder Bay; and sister-in-law Linda Kipot (Husband Mike) and nieces and nephew and families in Sidney, B.C. and many good friends made throughout the years. Al was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. At 19 he entered Royal Roads Military College (1959–1961) and Royal Military College (R.M.C.) (1961-1962). He met his wife Sharon on a blind date at Royal Roads (Victoria, B.C.). They were married in 1963 in Montreal (where he completed a Science degree) and had a son. In 1966 they moved to Vancouver and 2 daughters were born (1966 and 1969). Al worked as a chemist for Lenkurt Electric (1966-1972) then worked as plant manager for Mortifee Munshaw for 9 years. He completed an M.BA degree at SFU then returned to Lenkurt and on to the Research Division (MPR TelTec). He managed the packaging division then moved on to the satellite beacon program and travelled a fair amount on business. He worked as a consultant in various applications until he retired in 2000. Al was an active and outgoing man, with a sharp mind, quick wit and great sense of humour. He loved his golf, squash, and curling. (Also basketball in early years). He was a long time member at Pitt Meadows Golf Club. He coached his kids sports and loved going to the grand children’s events. He was a wonderful husband and family man; He was the rock of our family.

We will love him

and miss him forever. Rest in peace our beloved man.


Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, Sept. 6th, 2014 from 2-5pm at Meadows Gardens Golf Club, 19671 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, B.C. No flowers please-if you wish- donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice.


Donna Diane Niemy ( Wife of 3543 Walter Niemy (Class of ’56 & former RMCC commandant 1985-87)

(nee Fraser)

Peacefully on July 21, 2014, in her 81st year, at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, following an accidental injury while vacationing in Canmore, Alberta. Blessedly, her three children were at her side to the end. Donna is survived by her husband Walter of Sidney, B. C.; and her children and their families: Peter (Lisa) and grandchildren Florence and Holly, of Bramley, Surrey, UK; Carole Stark and grandson Taylor, of Canmore; and Eric (Nunun) and grandchildren Olivia and Alexander, of Hong Kong.

Donna was an outgoing, sensitive and passionate woman and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin. Born and raised in Toronto, she was a graduate of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute and The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing. She worked briefly as a nurse before marrying her beau, Walter Niemy, an RCAF officer and pilot, in 1956. Thus began their joint adventure of raising their family at multiple addresses across Canada, the United States and Europe. A lifelong learner and world traveller, Donna enjoyed working with children and volunteering in museums and nature centres where she lived, to share her knowledge of natural and cultural history.

Donna had an inquisitive mind and thoroughly enjoyed deep conversations with friends and family members of all ages. A dedicated writer and a voracious reader, she was – not surprisingly – a crossword-puzzle ace. Her artistic interests ranged from playing the ukulele to collecting paintings and crayon sketching. She played competitive basketball in her youth and continued to enjoy activities such as hiking and swimming throughout her life. She also had a great passion for birds and animals, and she held an abiding appreciation and respect for the natural environment, be that her backyard garden or the varied and vast wilderness areas of Canada. To her, bliss was summer-cottage living in Haliburton in her youth and in the Laurentians in later years, where she loved to explore the lakeshore in her rowboat.

Donna will be dearly missed by her extended family and her many friends, and always remembered for her loving and generous nature. She will be buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, and the family will be hosting a celebration of her life in Sidney, B. C. on August 20th, 2014. Memorial tributes may be made to Nature Canada.

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Jen Ochej Talks With 15622 Jason Donville

Posted by rmcclub on August 15th, 2014

15622 Jason Donville – President & CEO Donville Kent Asset Management – Royal Roads & RMC 1986

Article by Jen Ochej

Now long since returned to Canada and the President and CEO of his own firm, Donville Kent Asset Management Inc., Donville reflects on much of what is echoed by his fellow alumni; time at RMC and in the Canadian Forces prepares you for life in very specific and sometimes intangible ways that are essential to success but often difficult to quantify on a resume.


One of the most interesting things about speaking with ex-cadets is seeing the myriad ways in which a common and decidedly regimented university experience plays out over the course of individuals’ lifetimes.

Some go on to long careers in the Canadian Forces; others transition into the business world or other industries. Among those in the latter group, there are yet countless unique and fascinating stories to be heard. Regardless of the trajectory, the common thread is the same: an education at one (or more) of Canada’s military colleges prepares cadets in ways that would perhaps never be replicated at any other institution in the country.

15622 Jason Donville ’86 spent two years at Royal Roads before completing his degree, with a focus on Economics and Political Science, at RMC.

Following his time at the College, during which he played rugby and tried for a time to establish a lacrosse team, the young ex-cadet began life as a submariner. Little did he know how decades later his RMC education would continue to prove essential on a daily basis, or how world events would change the track of his career.

As the world watched the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, the ripple effect on the Canadian Navy sparked something in Jason Donville.

“We [had been] anticipating the government making a decision on what kind of nuclear submarines we were going to get,” Donville recalls. “This was the same time the Berlin Wall was coming down, so we decided not to get nuclear submarines altogether. And I was just kind of looking around and going ‘Wow, with the Berlin Wall coming down the military’s going to go through a period of contraction,’ and I felt like from a career point of view that it just…wasn’t the life for me.”

Having always dreamed of a potentially elusive overseas posting, Donville chose instead to take matters into his own hands. Leaving the Forces, he enrolled at the University of Western Ontario Business School (now the Richard Ivy School of Business) where he completed an MBA.

Finding it difficult to convince potentials employers that a former submariner, however talented and successful an MBA student he may have been, was well suited to finance, though, proved difficult, and Donville made the decision to follow his brother to Asia. Purchasing a one-way ticket to Singapore, he began cold-calling and had secured a job in finance within a month. His tenure in Singapore ultimately lasted eight years.

Now long since returned to Canada and the President and CEO of his own firm, Donville Kent Asset Management Inc., Donville reflects on much of what is echoed by his fellow alumni; time at RMC and in the Canadian Forces prepares you for life in very specific and sometimes intangible ways that are essential to success but often difficult to quantify on a resume.

“You build up those skills [like time management, preparedness] over time at RMC and then once you’re serving in the Forces, those skills are incredibly invaluable but… you can’t specify them to a single person. You just say, Oh wow, that eight years I spent in the military really set me up well for life with certain soft skills that have been a part of my success,” he explains. “I’m very conscious of the gifts that I received during my time in the military. If I hadn’t gone through that process, I don’t think I’d be the person that I am today.”

As a hedge fund manager based in Toronto, Donville today is responsible for about $160 million and wins awards for his success within the industry. In his company’s first year he was awarded Best New Fund in Canada, and in 2013 he was awarded Best Opportunistic Hedge Fund at the Morningstar Awards, one of the highest honours in the industry. Interestingly, Donville continues to turn back to a pair of second year Economics courses from his time at Royal Roads.

“A huge underpinning of what I do professionally was a second year Economics course taught by Peter Dunnett [now at RMC], all about oligopolies. I still remember— he would always say, Mr. Donville, whether you’re selling bowler hats or McDonald’s hamburgers [this certain economics principle holds true],” Donville recalls with a laugh. “[Another influential] professor was Dr. Cairns, and he taught essentially the follow-up course to Dunnett’s which was intermediate microeconomics. I use the stuff that I learned from Dunnett and Cairns every day.”

Now a father (along with his wife Jane) to three children ranging in age from sixteen to twenty, Donville uses his success, the foundation of which is undoubtedly his time spent in the Forces, to support two causes about which he cares deeply: the RMC Club Foundation and the Canadian National Lacrosse Team (for which his oldest son, Brennan, is one of two goalies).

Donville takes pride in supporting the College and in seeing his fellow ex-cadets achieve great things in the world such as his former Squadron Commander, at the time a young Captain, Walter Natynczyk. In the years following their time together, Natynczyk would rise through the ranks to become the Chief of the Defense Staff.

“You know how they always say ‘Good guys never finish first’? Well, [Natynczyk] was a good guy, and he finished first. He was one of those guys… you just loved to hear that Natynczyk was getting promoted again,” Donville reflects. “[He] was a wonderful man even when I had him as a Squadron Commander and it was so wonderful to see him go all the way to the top.”

“When you go to a university like RMC, and every now and then there’s somebody in the news from your school who’s done something great, whether it’s an astronaut or a peacekeeper or something, you kind of bask in their glow. And you feel really proud by association,” explains Donville. “I’m really proud… of how it reflects on the school, and to be able to say, Wow, I graduated from there too— what an honour.”

Jen Ochej is a journalist and freelancer in the music industry, currently completing an internship at Eggplant Entertainment in Toronto as part of the Government of Nova Scotia’s Emerging Music Business Program. She is most often found wherever live music is being played and dreams of one day working as a Tour Manager. She has also contributed an article which was published in the RMC Club Veritas magazine.

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