Division of Continuing Studies turns 20 / Training for the M / Sports Updates

A Special Anniversary Celebration!

Article by: Mario J. Archambault – photo by, Steven McQuaid – Photographer, CFB Kingston

On November 30, the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) celebrated its 20th anniversary.

A warm, well-attended reception was held at the SSM, featuring many special guests, including the Commandant, BGen Sébastien Bouchard, and the Principal, Dr. Harry Kowal. Several former deans of Continuing Studies, Jim Barrett, Mike Bardon and Mike Hennessey, and the current dean, Grace Scoppio, spoke eloquently about DCS’s outstanding contribution to the College since its inception.

Current members of the DCS family, as well as many former or retired programme representatives, instructional designers and support and administrative staff, came together to celebrate this important milestone.

Since 1997, RMC has awarded over 1000 undergraduate and graduate degrees delivered through Continuing Studies. DCS has a rich history and continues to provide outreach for the college and continuing education for the Canadian Armed Forces members, their spouses and DND employees.

Looking forward to the 25th anniversary!

(L-R) Michael Bardon; Grace Scoppio; Harry Kowal; Sébastien Bouchard; Jim Barrett; Michael Hennessey

Célébration d’un anniversaire particulier!

par Mario J. Archambault ( Steven McQuaid – Photographe, Photo de la Base, BFC Kingston

Le 30 novembre, la Division des études permanentes (DÉP) du Collège militaire royal du Canada (CMR) a célébré son 20e anniversaire d’existence.

La réception bien représentée qui a eu lieu au MOC avait une ambiance chaleureuse et conviviale. De nombreux invités spéciaux, dont le commandant, Bgén Sébastien Bouchard et le recteur, M. Harry Kowal, ont pris la parole. Plusieurs anciens doyens des études permanentes tels que Jim Barrett, Michael Bardon et Michael Hennessey et la doyenne actuelle, Grace Scoppio, ont aussi fait l’éloge de la contribution exceptionnelle de la division au sein du collège depuis ses débuts.  

Les membres de la famille de la DÉP, ainsi que plusieurs représentants aux programmes, concepteurs pédagogiques et personnel administratif et de support, anciens ou retraités, se sont rassemblés pour célébrer cette étape importante.

Depuis 1997, le CMR a décerné plus de 1000 diplômes de premier et deuxième cycle par l’entremise des études permanentes. La DÉP a une riche histoire et continue de promouvoir le collège et d’offrir des études à distance aux membres des forces armées canadiennes, à leurs conjoints et aux employés du MDN. Au plaisir de se revoir au 25e anniversaire !

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Training for the M and Sports Updates

Cadet Wing – Military Education & Training (ME&T) articles coordinated by 27616 OCdt Bourassa and directed by 27045 OCdt (IV) Olivier Colas Livernois

OCdt Brooke Drews, 12 Sqn (I)

Parade days are good days; ask any RMC cadet. That said, in place of our Wednesday morning PD period, the entire wing happily marched onto the parade square and formed up in their respective squadrons. From there, RMC cadets were awarded for this semester’s IM accomplishments and given announcements for the eagerly anticipated senior bar-slate results.

Seeing the wing assembled on this crisp, cool morning was a pleasant sight. Even as a cadet in ranks, peering out at the opposite end of the parade square offered a captivating view. By roughly 8 am, the sun had beamed its way over the stone frigate, casting a shadow on one half of the wing and illuminating the other. Attired in our much-preferred CADPAT, Canadian flags were tacked on the arm of every cadet, effectively arranging themselves in a uniform wave that flowed through sized ranks.

Basic drill was called to organize cadets. Following an open order march, we received a friendly dress inspection by our Squadron Commander, PO, and CSL. For the remainder, we cheered on our comrades for their IM successes and our seniors for their newly acquired leadership positions. Concluding the parade, we were formally dismissed. In the instant, Cadets spilled out of their orderly ranks and we left the parade square in good spirits.

Les jours de défilé sont de bonnes journées; demandez-le à n’importe quel Élof du CMR. Cela dit, pendant la période de DP du mercredi matin, toute l’escadre s’est joyeusement engagé sur le terrain de parade et s’est formé par  escadrons. À partir de là, les élèves-officiers du CMR ont été récompensés pour les accomplissements de ce semestre et ont reçu les résultats très attendus de la Bar-slate.

Il était agréable de voir l’escadre rassemblé en cette matinée fraîche. Même en tant qu’Élof parmi les rangs, regarder vers l’autre bout du terrain de parade offrait une vue captivante. Vers 8 heures du matin, le soleil s’élevait au-dessus de la stone frigate, projetant une ombre sur la moitié de l’escadre tout en éclairant l’autre. Portant les combats que nous préférons, les drapeaux canadiens apposés sur le bras de chacun, organisant d’une manière efficace une vague uniforme traversant les rangs sizés.

La drill fut appelé pour organiser les Élof. À la suite de l’ouverture des rangs, nous avons reçu une inspection amicale de notre commandant d’escadron, de notre PO et de notre CSL. Pour le reste, nous avons applaudit nos camarades pour leurs réussites dans les IM et nos aînés pour leurs postes de direction nouvellement acquis. Pour conclure le défilé, ils nous ont fait rompre du terrain de parade. Immédiatement, les Élof ont quitté leurs rangs et nous avons quitté la place de rassemblement de bonne humeur.

OCdt Jeffery Davis, 12 Sqn (II)

Parades are not uncommon at the Royal Military College of Canada, and on this brisk November morning, the entire officer cadet wing assembled on the parade square a half hour past sunrise for special announcements concerning sports awards and next semester’s Bar Slate. First was announced the winning teams of each intramural sport. Following that, awards for sportsmanship and most valuable player were given for each intramural sport and varsity team. Next, officer Cadets who achieved more than 400 and 450 points on the physical performance test were given special recognition and t-shirts. Following these awards were the announcements for next semester’s bar positions. The bar positions are official leadership appointments in the Cadet Chain of Authority, commonly known as the Bar Slate. These barmen will be involved in implementing and supervising college rules and policies, and will have the opportunity to better apply their basic practical leadership skills such as communication, leadership by example, counseling, and supervision. They will hold these appointments until the end of the academic year.

Les défilés ne sont pas rares au Collège militaire royal du Canada et, en ce matin de novembre, toute l’escadre des cadets s’est rassemblée sur le terrain de parade une demi-heure après le lever du soleil pour des annonces spéciales sur les sports et la Bar Slate du prochain semestre. Ils ont d’abord annoncé les équipes gagnantes de chaque sport intra-muros. Par la suite, des récompenses pour l’esprit sportif et le joueur le plus utile ont été données pour chaque équipe sportive intra-muros et équipe universitaire. Ensuite, les élèves-officiers qui ont obtenu plus de 400 et 450 points au test de performance physique ont reçu une reconnaissance spéciale et des t-shirts. Suite à ces récompenses ont été les annonces pour les postes de barre du prochain semestre. Les membres possédant des barres sont des dirigeants officiels de la Chaîne d’autorité des Élof, communément appelés Bar Slate. Les barmens vont être responsables d’implanter et de superviser les règlements et politiques du collège, et on s’attend à ce qu’ils prennent chaque opportunité afin de pratiquer leurs habiletés de leadership, tel que la communication, donner l’exemple à suivre, le counseling, et la supervision. Ils tiendront ces positions jusqu’à la fin de l’année académique.

OCdt Jacob Kroell, 5 Sqn (III)

Today’s Professional Development session was a wing parade, with all four academic years and all twelve squadrons present. It started with an inspection from the Squadron Commanders in each squadron, with one squadron per division accompanied by the Division commander.

Once the Squadron inspections were finished, the awards for this semester’s intramural sports & O/NCdts who earned 450 on the latest PPT were announced. They were as follows:

MVPs & MSPs:

  • Ball Hockey: OCdt Eracles, 9 Squadron & OCdt Kakekagimick, ALOY
  • Ultimate Frisbee: OCdt Visca, 4 Squadron & OCdt Holtby, 10 Squadron
  • Multi-Sport: OCdt Kovacs-Salazar, 8 Squadron & OCdt Recoskie, 11 Squadron
  • Soccer: NCdt Murphy, 11 Squadron & OCdt Mou, 4 Squadron
  • Water Polo: OCdt Beaulieu, 12 Squadron & OCdt Bacon, 3 Squadron
  • A Tier Hockey: OCdt Bouchard, 2 Squadron & OCdt Veilleux, 8 Squadron
  • B Tier Hockey: OCdt Heuckendorff, 11 Squadron, & NCdt Murray, 4 Squadron

Squadron / Division IM Team Champions Fall 2017:

  • Ball Hockey: 5 Squadron
  • Ultimate Frisbee: 11 Squadron
  • Multi-Sport: 12 Squadron
  • Soccer: 11 Squadron
  • Water Polo: D Division
  • A Tier Hockey: A Division
  • B Tier Hockey: D Division

450 Club Inductees:

  • OCdt Beaulieu, 472
  • OCdt Tremblay, 463
  • OCdt Bellerose, 459
  • OCdt Genereux, 453
  • OCdt Strickland, 450

After the sports awards were received, the Director of Cadets, accompanied by the Training Wing Sergeant-Major, announced the Winter 2018 barslate for the Cadet Wing Headquarters and each division. They are as follows:

CWHQ:

  • CWC: NCdt Omand, 10 Squadron
  • D/CWC: OCdt Mercier, 10 Squadron
  • CWTO: OCdt Lessard-Bolduc, 1 Squadron
  • CWAd&StdsO: OCdt Kim, 6 Squadron
  • CWOpsO: OCdt Roy, 8 Squadron
  • CWBO: NCdt Mozer, 8 Squadron

A Division:

  • CDL A: OCdt Guerette-Gauthier, 1 Squadron
  • CSL 1: OCdt McLean
  • CSL 2: OCdt Charron
  • CSL 3: OCdt Moullard

B Division:

  • CDL B: OCdt Sanfaçon, 6 Squadron
  • CSL 4: OCdt Colas-Livernois
  • CSL 5: OCdt MacMaster
  • CSL 6: OCdt Shaw

C Division:

  • CDL C: OCdt Van der Velden, 8 Squadron
  • CSL 7: OCdt Snape
  • CSL 8: Bowman-Laverrière
  • CSL 9: NCdt Moors

D Division:

  • CDL D: OCdt Day, 12 Squadron
  • CSL 10: OCdt Samure
  • CSL 11: OCdt Wiebe
  • CSL 12: OCdt Rawling

After the Winter 2018 barslate was announced, the parade was dismissed, and all but the fourth year O/NCdts had the rest of the PD period off; needed, considering the final exam period starts next Wednesday. The fourth year O/NCdts, meanwhile, had a briefing about the Auditor General’s report, led by the Commandant, Brigadier-General Bouchard, and the Principal, Dr Harry Kowal.

Congratulations to the award winners and next semester’s barslate!

Le Développement Professionnel d’aujourd’hui était un défilé de l’escadre, avec les quatre années académiques et les douze escadrons présents. Le défilé a commencé avec une inspection des Commandants d’Escadron, avec un escadron par division accompagnée par le Commandants de Division.

            Après l’inspection des escadrons complétée, les prix de cette session pour les sports intra-muros & Élofs/Aspms qui ont reçu 450 au dernier TAP étaient annoncés. Ils ont été nommés dans cette ordre :

              MVPs & MSPs:

  • Ball Hockey: Élof Eracles, Escadron 9 & Élof Kakekagimick, ALOY
  • Ultimate Frisbee: Élof Visca, Escadron 4 & Élof Holtby, Escadron 10
  • Multisport: Élof Kovacs-Salazar, Escadron 8 & Élof Recoskie, Escadron 11
  • Soccer: Aspm Murphy, Escadron 11 & Élof Mou, Escadron 4
  • Waterpolo: Élof Beaulieu, Escadron 12 & Élof Bacon, Escadron 3
  • Hockey, Niveau A: Élof Bouchard, Escadron 2 & Élof Veilleux, Escadron 8
  • Hockey, Niveau B: Élof Heuckendorff, Escadron 11, & Aspm Murray, Escadron 4

Les équipes gagnantes de l’IM de l’Escadron / Division de l’automne 2017:

  • Ball Hockey: Escadron 5
  • Ultimate Frisbee: Escadron 11
  • Multisport: Escadron 12
  • Soccer: Escadron 11
  • Waterpolo: Division D
  • Hockey, Niveau A: Division A
  • Hockey, Niveau B: Division D

Intronisés de l’escadre 450:

  • Élof Beaulieu, 472
  • Élof Tremblay, 463
  • Élof Bellerose, 459
  • Élof Genereux, 453
  • Élof Strickland, 450

Une fois les prix reçus, le Directeur des Élofs, accompagné par le Sergent-Major de l’Escadre de l’Entrainement, a annoncé la « barslate » de la session d’hiver 2018 pour le Quartier-General de l’Escadre des Élofs et pour chaque division. Ils sont comme suit :

QGEÉ:

  • COMA: Aspm Omand, Escadron 10
  • D/CWC: Élof Mercier, Escadron 10
  • INSTRA: Élof Lessard-Bolduc, Escadron 1
  • ADA: Élof Kim, Escadron 6
  • OPA : Élof Roy, Escadron 8
  • DIMU: Aspm Mozer, Escadron 8

Division A:

  • COMD A: Élof Guerette-Gauthier, Escadron 1
  • COMI 1: Élof McLean
  • COMI 2: Élof Charron
  • COMI 3: Élof Moullard

Division B:

  • COMD B: Élof Sanfaçon, Escadron 6
  • COMI 4: Élof Colas-Livernois
  • COMI 5: Élof MacMaster
  • COMI 6: Élof Shaw

C Division:

  • COMD C: Élof Van der Velden, Escadron 8
  • COMI 7: Élof Snape
  • COMI 8: Élof Bowman-Laverrière
  • COMI 9: Aspm Moors

D Division:

  • COMD D: Élof Day, Escadron 12
  • COMI 10: Élof Samure
  • COMI 11: Élof Wiebe
  • COMI 12: Élof Rawling

Après que la « barslate » a été annoncée, le défilé a été conclu. Tous sauf les Élofs/Aspms de quatrième année ont eu le reste de la période de DP libre, qui était nécessaire, parce que la période des examens finaux va commencer dans une semaine. Les quatrièmes années, pendant ce temps, ont eu une séance à propos du rapport du Vérificateur Général, dirigé par le Commandant, le Brigadier-General Bouchard, et le directeur de l’école, M. Harry Kowal.

Félicitations aux lauréats et la « barslate » de la session prochaine!

OCdt Charlotte Nettie, 12 Sqn (IV)

The Professional Development session offered to the fourth year cadets on Wednesday November 29th 2017 was a change in pace as compared to the past 3 weeks. This week, we were delivered a briefing during which the commandant of RMC, Brigadier-General Bouchard, and the principal, Dr. Kowal, took time out of their days to personally address concerns surrounding the report issued by the OAG concerning RMC.

This level of attention that has been given to the Class of 2018 in terms of the devotion of personal time from senior leadership to address concerns and provide clarification regarding directives and intent is something that we have grown used to seeing from this commandant and the DCdts; and is a welcomed change from years past. The graduating class is very fortunate to have access to the level of mentorship that we are being provided.

La séance de développement professionnel offerte aux Élof de quatrième année le mercredi 29 novembre 2017 a été un changement de rythme par rapport aux trois dernières semaines. Cette semaine, nous avons eu droit à une séance d’information au cours de laquelle le commandant du CMR, Brigadier-général Bouchard et le directeur, le Dr. Harry Kowal, ont pris le temps de répondre personnellement aux préoccupations concernant le rapport du BVG.

Ce niveau d’attention accordé à la promotion de 2018 en ce qui concerne le dévouement du temps personnel de la haute direction pour répondre aux préoccupations et fournir des éclaircissements sur les directives et les intentions est quelque chose auquel nous nous sommes habitués à voir de ce commandant et du DCdts. C’est un changement bienvenu par rapport aux années passées. La classe de promotion est très chanceuse d’avoir accès au niveau de mentorat qui nous est offert.

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Relaxed dress over the next few weeks – the order of the day

Cadets have been seen over the past week or so dressed in ‘combats’ and will continue this trend all the way through until the end of the term.

While changing the dress of the day from which is normally #5s into ‘combats’ may not seem like a big deal to those of us on the outside, it in fact allows cadets to walk around more comfortably and not worry about ruining their perfectly shined shoes when the snow inevitably falls or having to iron a shirt before going to study for an exam.

A decision which most would say is a good one and very much appreciated by the entire Cadet Wing!

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RMC Competitive Swim Team’s Performance at the Belleville Fall Invitational swim meet

The RMC competitive swim team raced at the Belleville Fall invitational last weekend sending six swimmers, Jonathan Lapointe, Cali Weir, Ryan Jarvis, Isaac Jarvis, Mercedes Leblanc, and Nathan Stafford, to the meet to compete in 39 individual races and two relays over two days of racing against almost 100 other swimmers from Kingston, Belleville, Amhertsview, Perth, Deep River, and Milton. The 6 team members performed well earning 8 medals and 9 ribbons.

Mercedes Leblanc and Nathan Stafford

The racing results:

Nathan Stafford earned 3 medals, a gold medal in the main event, the mens 100m free sprint, and two bronze medals in the 200m back stroke and 50 m back stroke sprints, and a 3rd place ribbon for the men’s 4x100m free relay.

Mercedes Leblanc took the team medal count earning with a total of 5 medals, two silver medals in the 100m breast stroke and 200 breast stroke sprints, and 3 bronze medals in the 50m free, 100m free, and 200m Individual Medley sprints, and a 4th place ribbon in the 50m breast.

Ryan Jarvis put in a solid performance earning a 3rd, 7th, and 8th place ribbons in the 4x100m men’s free relay, 100m free sprint, and 50m free sprint respectively.

Isaac Jarvis also put in a solid performance earning a 3rd, and two 7th place ribbons for the men’s 4x100m free relay, 50m back stroke sprint, and 50m breast sprint.

Cali Weir put in a strong performance earning 7th and 8th place ribbons in the 200m free and 100m back stroke sprints.

Congratulations to all for an excellent performance. We will be going back in late January with additional racers Aiden Kim and Bayley Young.

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Judo team heads west on the 401 to compete at Ajax

Article and photos by OCdt Weir

Recently, 14 members of the RMC Judo team qualified to attend the 2017 Ajax Budokan Annual Shiai in Ajax Ontario.

The Ajax Judo tournament takes place once a year, and it is an open invitation to all Judo athletes across Canada. 28101 OCdt Y.N. Jo won the Bronze medal in the -81kg Senior division U21 category, going up against black belts with lots of experience in the sport. 27651 OCdt J. Seong won silver in the -81kg Senior Novice division senior age category, winning mostly by Ippon but losing to a black belt in his final match. 27818 OCdt. M. Sirghe won silver in the -96kg Senior division senior age category facing a veteran in the sport and going into golden score (sudden death after 4 minutes) losing in an extremely close match.

The junior belts of RMC’s judo team had a great experience as well. 28531 NCdt. N. Barkhouse secured gold in the -73kg junior division with 27900 OCdt M. Schwarz winning silver in the same category. 28284 OCdt. S. Kim won second in the junior -81kg category. 27040 OCdt. O. Morgado won silver in the junior 100+kg division with 28679 OCdt. S. Williams winning bronze in the same category.

The Ajax Judo tournament was a learning experience for the RMC Judo team, especially for the members of the team who competed for the first time.

Most of the first years who competed at this tournament won their first medals in competitive judo. This gives good hope to a future of great judo athletes for the next 4 years at RMC. The Judo team represented the College very well and made acquaintances with numerous neighboring clubs.

The RMC judo team would like to thank the RMC Foundation for funding the trip and making this opportunity possible.

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A big thank you to the RMC Foundation from the Judo team

The Judo competitive team and I would like to thank you dearly for providing the funds necessary to compete in the Ajax Judo Tournament. The team departed from RMC at 1730 hrs on Friday Nov 24th with two fully loaded vans and a PMV to supplement the team. The total amount of competitors was 14 representing RMC! The tournament decided to unite black, brown, blue, and green belts together.

All things considered, the RMC Judo team did quite well seeing how many of our members went up against opponents with higher ranked belts and more experience. One received gold: OCdt Barkhouse, and a total of 8 members received medals. Those who won silver were; OCdt Seong (recently received his brown belt) held his own against several black belts, OCdt Morgado received silver fighting the big guys at 100+ Kg, OCdt Kim presented himself admirably holding himself against a strong opponent and came out with silver, OCdt Sirghe received silver, despite being the lowest ranked belt in his category of 8 people, OCdt Schwarz fought hard and received silver as well, OCdt Jo received bronze (well done considering he is a green belt who fought black belts), and OCdt Williams with bronze.

The Judo team represented RMC with pride, and wore our colours on our backs displaying our team to the public. We fought hard, and people took notice. This trip allowed the development of new Judo members, and enabled them to experience the real tournament feelings and inhibitions.

Next time, all members will be far more prepared to handle the pressure of competition. If not for the funding the RMC Foundation provided the team with, all this success and learning would have not occurred.

Once again; thank you on behalf of myself and the RMC Judo Team.

With regards,

OCdt Michael Sirghe – RMC Judo Captain

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(M) Hockey

Recent results:

Wed 29 Nov Queen’s 5 @ RMC 4 (OT)

Sat 2 Dec Carleton 3 @ RMC 0

Upcoming games:

Fri 5 Jan RMC @ Carleton @ Ice House 7:00 PM

Sat 6 Jan RMC @ UQTR @ Le Colisee 3:00 PM

(M) Volleyball

Recent results:

No matches last week

Upcoming games:

Sat 13 Jan RMC @ Nipissing @ Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre 2:00 PM

Sun 14 Jan RMC @ York @ Tait MacKenzie Gymnasium 4:00 PM

(W) Volleyball

Recent results:

No matches last week

Upcoming games:

Sat 13 Jan RMC @ Nipissing @ Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre 12:00 PM

Sun 14 Jan RMC @ York @ Tait MacKenzie Gymnasium 2:00 PM

One Comment

  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    December 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Congratulations to all members of the RMC Judo team for their outstanding effort at the recent Ajax tournament. Hope to see you at some of the forthcoming GTA-area tournaments in the New Year. I will likely be there myself – as a timekeeper.

    Keep up the good work, and best wishes to all of you for success on your Christmas exams. I strongly encourage all of you to continue on with your judo training and hope that all of you will be successful in achieving your shodans by the time you graduate.

    Bravo Zulu to all !

    Mike
    #12570 – 1st kyu

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