Merci, au revoir Ottawa; RMC here we come!
Articles & photos by: G1628 Major John R. Grodzinski, Ph.D
On Thursday, 15 September 2016, ex-cadets, both retired and serving, and their supporters, from across the country, gathered in Ottawa to commence La Chasse-Galerie 2016, a fund-raising activity in support of the Danny McLeod Athletics Fund of the RMC Foundation.
The Fund honours the late H25917 Major (Retd) Danny McLeod, MC, the first Director of Athletics at the College. The expedition recalls the mythical band of voyageurs who made a deal with the devil to fly them from their remote camp to their distant loved ones. This the fifth and final Chasse-Galerie expedition. Previous trips occurred in 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2011.
The expedition comprises 15 paddlers, including 27173 OCdt William Carpentier (Class of 2018) and 27638 OCdt Andreanne Tremblay (Class of 2020), who will paddle their 36 foot-long canoe on a 202 km journey on the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston. Stops along the way, include Long Island Locks, Manotick, Merrickville, Edmonds Lock, Smiths Falls, Chaffey’s Lock, and Jones Falls, with arrival at Kingston scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 22 September 2016. Following the paddlers are other ex-cadets and their partners, who provide logistical support from their ‘base’ on a houseboat.
During the final preparations near the Bytown Museum at the Ottawa Locks on Friday, 19401 LCol Chris Renahan, the Director Cadets, along with Drill Sergeant Major MWO Wallace Rideout, presented a College banner to 12192 General (Retd) Tom Lawson, the senior ranking paddler on the expedition. The paddlers then boarded the canoe and, under the careful supervision of 8788 Geoff Bennett, and a rousing tune played by trip Piper Tom Lawson, gave a salute as they passed 15706 LGen Paul Wynnyk, the Commander of the Canadian Army. Following a hearty rendition of the College Cheer, the paddlers then commenced the first leg of their journey.
Present throughout the preparations and the departure was HW25917 Sheila McLeod, who thanked the paddlers for their work in honouring her late husband. Also present was a member of previous expedition, 4860 General (Retd) John de Chastelain, and Darren Cates, the Director of Athletics.
A College party led by the Commandant will greet the paddlers when they arrive in Kingston, near the Memorial Arch on Thursday, 22 September, after which the members of the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year, will drum the paddlers to their final stop, where they will conduct a Smudge Ceremony, comprising the creation of a cleaning smoke used to purify the body, aura, energy and space.
The participants exceeded their original fundraising goal, and raised a total of $155,000!
Overall, the Chasse-Galerie expeditions have raised over $250,000 for RMC athletics and still counting.
For those who have had not the time to ‘sponsor’ their favourite paddler; it’s not too late. Just phone Jennifer Jordan (RMC Foundation) at 613-541-6000 ext 6807 or pay online by clicking “Donate Now > Athletics > Danny McLeod Athletic and then type the name of your favourite paddler in the Comments window. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be matched by one of the sponsors.
Congratulations and well done to the 2016 Cass Galerie Crew – Safe travels!
5893 Dr. Tom Gee ‘63; 8684 Peter Holt ‘71; 8788 Geoff Bennett ‘71; 8725 Fergus McLaughlin ‘71; 8833 John Leggat ‘71
8836 Clark Little ‘71; 8926 Ray Hook ‘71; 9143 Bruce McAlpine ‘72; 12192 Tom Lawson ‘79; M0288 Roxanne Rees ‘83
8710 Chuck Lemieux ‘71; 15566 Helga Grodzinski ‘86; 22461 Claire Bramma ‘02; 27173 William Carpentier (RMCC) ‘18; 27369 Andréanne Tremblay (RMCSJ) ‘20
Sheila McLeod and the crew arriving in Smiths Falls – Sunday afternoon
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2933 Maurice Lalonde; 3068 Sidney Lundel.
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Varsity Sports scoreboard:
Fri 16 Sep – Carleton 4 – RMC 0
Sun 18 Sep – Ottawa 3 RMC 0
Wed 14 Sep Queen’s 3 – RMC 0
Fri 16 Sep – Carleton 4 RMC 0
Sat 17 – McMaster 23 RMC 5