Ex-Cadets & More in the News

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  • 18279 Mark Walden (Entered CMR 1987 – RMC Class of 1992) Needs our help!

  • 15696 Jonathan Vance, Defence Chief, Denies Tailoring Combat Definition To Suit Liberals

  • Canada’s top general launches push to recruit women

  • Airstrike operations cease in Iraq and Syria / La fin de frappes aériennes en Irak et en Syrie

  • NORAD general: Canada examining its defenses amid new threats

  • Computers transform Edmonton in winter to Caribbean disaster area for army training mission

  • Garneau has ‘mixed feelings’ about Bombardier news, skirts questions on bailout

  • Il faut sauver les enfants soldats de l’EI, soutient Roméo Dallaire

  • Dallaire says ISIS cannot be defeated without helping child soldiers

  • Cree RCAF member left suicidal after years of racist abuse in the military

  • Better Management or Better Leadership?

  • West Point Cadets Go Online, Undercover to Fight ISIS

  • Stevenson (RMC ’78) & McGrath (RMC ’00) Successfully Summit Mt Vinson in Antarctica

  • 10263 Don Lovell Heading Back to Victoria from Regina with Gold

  • G2642 Jenny Newton: Vacation for Vets: Thanks to our Industry Partners

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18279 Mark Walden (Entered CMR 1987 – RMC Class of 1992) Needs our help!

Mark Walden has been battling a chronic form of leukaemia known as Primary Myelofibrosis (PM) for a number of years. Mark is part of the family at the Vintage Conservatory and is one of the smiling faces we look forward to seeing. Mark has lived his life thus far by giving much more than he takes and we want to do all we can to help.

Since January 24th he has been in and out of the hospital suffering from constant pain. The doctors have confirmed this has accelerated to full blown acute leukaemia.

To learn more on how maybe you can help – go here. Will you answer the call?

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15696 Jonathan Vance, Defence Chief, Denies Tailoring Combat Definition To Suit Liberals

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Canada’s top general launches push to recruit women

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Airstrike operations cease in Iraq and Syria

La fin de frappes aériennes en Irak et en Syrie

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NORAD general: Canada examining its defenses amid new threats

15456 Pierre St-Amand

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Computers transform Edmonton in winter to Caribbean disaster area for army training mission

20043 Trevor Cadieu and 20924 Damon Dyer 

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Garneau has ‘mixed feelings’ about Bombardier news, skirts questions on bailout

8276 Marc Garneau

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Il faut sauver les enfants soldats de l’EI, soutient Roméo Dallaire

H7860 Roméo Dallaire

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Dallaire says ISIS cannot be defeated without helping child soldiers

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Cree RCAF member left suicidal after years of racist abuse in the military

21497 Chris McKenna

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9143 Bruce McAlpine, CPC, MBA – President – Fulcrum Search Science Inc.

 

Better Management or Better Leadership?

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West Point Cadets Go Online, Undercover to Fight ISIS

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Stevenson (RMC ’78) & McGrath (RMC ’00) Successfully Summit Mt Vinson in Antarctica

First of all I want to thank all the members of the Class of 1978 and the many ex-cadets who were among the 136 sponsors who helped me raise over $108,000 for our soldiers. On January 17th 11721 Larry Stevenson and 21678 Megan McGrath successfully summited Mt. Vinson (16,050 feet) which is the top of the bottom of the world. As the highest peak in Antarctica, Mt. Vinson is one of the famous “seven summits”. The photo of Megan and I was taken at Low Camp (9000 feet) on January 14th. I have also attached a photo at the summit of myself and Glen Villa who serves in the Queens Own Rifles of Canada (the Regiment where I currently serve as the Honourary Colonel). As you can see the flag is flapping in the 60-70 km/hr winds and the wind chill at the summit was minus 59 degrees C! Summit day was the climax of several gruelling days climbing from base camp at 7,000 feet to the summit over 16,000 feet. One of the guides who has climbed Mt Vinson 36 times claimed that this was his toughest climb ever because of the cold and high winds. The final photo is me with one of our civilian participants (Anne-Marie Sorrenti) and our great two time Olympic bobsled Gold Medalist (Heather Moyse) at high camp (13,000 feet) the day before we went to the summit

Major McGrath, who is currently posted in Yellowknife, was the solder team Captain and was an inspirational role model for all the climbers. Her calm demeanor served to keep all focused on the task at hand. Major McGrath has completed both versions of the seven summits and also skied solo to the South Pole in 2010 – she is a modern day Amundsen!

Photo by: Kristian Bogner

More important than our successful climb was the amazing funds that we raised for our soldiers. We were honoured to have eight wounded soldiers with us on our journey to the top of the bottom of the world. The expedition included 24 participants who collectively raised over $1.2 million from some 1654 individual sponsors. Adding the generous corporate sponsors meant that the expedition raised over $2.2 million. I must give a special shout out to my classmate and debating partner, John Carswell who not only was one of my sponsors but also picked up the full tab to sponsor one of his senior employees at Canso to join us on the trip. John is a constant supporter of RMC and all things military.

Once again thank you for all your support. It meant a lot to all of us.

11721 Larry

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10263 Don Lovell Heading Back to Victoria from Regina with Gold

10263 Don Lovell had outstanding results at the Canadian Powerlifting Union Nationals in Regina last week, competing in the squat, bench & deadlift. He placed first in the Master’s III, 66kg body weight division, Raw event taking back the National record for Deadlift with a 179kg/395lb pull which he lost in 2015.

In the Equipped event, under the outstanding coaching of Sgt. John Beres, Don took Gold with National records of 143kg/315lb Squat and 185.5kg/409lb Deadlift. His Deadlift is a BC Men’s Open record for equipped Deadlift. His lift total qualified for the Canadian Team to go to the Worlds in Estonia later this year.

The Victoria, BC resident and retired Architect was elated with his performance.

“Shout out to my 1974 Classmates that emailed or texted messages of support.”

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Vacation for Vets: Thanks to our Industry Partners

G2642 Jenny Newton

Lush tropical rainforests, majestic mountains, active volcanoes, barren lands of dried lava remnants and volcanic ash, balmy beaches and, a warm ocean thriving with multi-coloured sea life – from desert to subarctic tundra, the Big Island of Hawai’i has it all.  It is thanks to the Vacation for Vets program and to Shell Vacations Club (SVC) that my travelling companion and I were able to enjoy seven nights free accommodations in this tropical paradise.  Before I explain how this was possible, a little more about our trip.

Having arrived in the late evening at Kona International Airport, we travelled north on Highway 19 arriving at Paniolo Greens Resort in Waikoloa some 30 minutes later.  Our two-storey condo within this 162-unit Hawaiian resort had all the amenities of home:  two bedrooms, two baths, a full-service kitchen, dining room, living room and laundry closet.  The two balconies overlooked the Waikoloa Village Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones Jr designed course complete with roaming wild turkeys.  The resort club house, with its pool, hot tub, exercise room and BBQ pits also housed the Customer Service staff.  Patrick and Kelly, who were gracious hosts, took the time to enlighten us on all the sights we should partake in while visiting the Big Island.

Our adventure began with a 13-hour bus tour around the island with stops at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Rainbow Falls, a Kona coffee mill, a Macadamia nut factory and, a candy shop.  We followed this up in the following days with a snorkeling trip to Kealakekua and Honaunau Bays, a sunset dinner at the Kahua Ranch and, finally, a luau with authentic Polynesian entertainment.

As mentioned earlier, the complimentary accommodations would not have been possible without SVC Owners generously donating their excess timeshare points to a central military bank.  With the success of the American initiative, which began in 2009, SVC Canada and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) collaborated to launch a Canadian Vacation for Vets program in 2012.  This specific program benefits those serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who have sustained an injury or illness attributable to military service in a Special Duty Area or Operation and, who are in receipt of a Veterans Affairs benefit as a result.  With 52 free accommodations donated annually to CFMWS by SVC, eligible members can apply for one vacation every 2 years with 24 SVC resorts located in Canada, the US and Mexico to choose from.

As the Support Our Troops Outreach Coordinator at CFMWS, Brieanne White has received many calls, emails and letters of thanks from grateful military members and Veterans returning from their Vacation for Vets holidays.  One member wrote: “This is our first vacation to Hawaii, which will be all the more memorable given your generosity.  I will be retiring shortly from the CAF with 42 years of service with nothing but fondest memories at this gesture, just adds to the wonderful experience.”  White and her team recently assisted a World War II Veteran with his application.  He wrote: “Thank you so very much for all your help in assisting me in securing this much needed vacation.  It is people like you that make this world a better place.”

In addition but separate from the Vacations for Vets program, CFMWS has partnered with the Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) as a part of the CF Appreciation Program.  After registering for your CFOne card, members can then access, when space is available, over 4,000 accommodations in 100 countries for as low as $349 (USD) per week.  For example, AFVC is currently offering 7-night resort stays for as low as $299 (USD) per week for families of up to 6 people in several countries including Fiji, New Zealand and Kenya.

Vacation for Vets is a superb program benefitting our injured CAF personnel and Veterans.  To find out more about the program, please visit:  https://www.cfmws.com/en/SupportOurTroops/Programs/Pages/Vacations-for-Vets.aspx.  To sign up for a CFOne card providing access to discounts and other offers provided by caring industry partners, visit www.cfappreciation.ca.  Finally, take advantage of thousands of resorts, apartments and condominiums offered by AFVC through their website: www.afvclub.ca.