Year End

Class Notes

On 28 November 2014, Cdr Darren Rich (13789, Class of 1983), the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental & Test Ranges (CFMETR), located at Nanoose Bay, BC, was presented with a CDS Commendation for his work as the inaugural Canada Command / Canadian Joint Operations Command Liaison Officer to NORAD and USNORTHCOM in Colorado Springs from July 2011 until June 2014. After the presentation Cdr Rich took the opportunity to high-light CFMETR’s upcoming 50th Anniversary by presenting GenTom  Lawson (12192, Class of 1979), and the Commander MARPAC, RAdm Bill Truelove (15185, Class of 1985), with CFMETR ball caps.

While Darren was at RMCC he worked as Chief of Staff for both these ex-Commandants from 2008 – 2011.

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22642 Sean Frankham, class of 2003 recently was promoted to Director of Operations for Proaction international. He also received the award for employee of the year for 2014.

A leader in performance management, Proaction International is a consulting company which has several subsidiaries all aimed at improving the performance of individuals and organizations, with a specific focus on leadership. Having a very human approach, Proaction International’s philosophy has been proven since 2004 with hundreds of companies and several thousand individuals across three continents.

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Ex Cadets In the News:

Forensic Engineer

9884 Bob Banks trained as both an engineer and a doctor… and now he investigates plane, car, and even space crashes in order to prevent future accidents.  Article

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Grand Opening of the Edith Gvora High School in Gongali Village, Tanzania.

8576 Alan Roy is the founder and Executive Director of Primary Schools for Africa. Article

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Year End Message…from Bill & Rolande

People who are our age usually only set short range goals. We are no exception. Although we still buy green bananas, we are well aware of our limitations.

The RMC Club is reorganizing on a number of fronts, including e-Veritas. So, it’s not a bad idea to pause and see if what we are doing is still productive.

We aren’t into rehashing our successes or our failures. We are always looking to the future. We have never been timid to embrace big changes. We are highly self-aware of what we are capable of contributing.

We want to use our experience and limited talents to continue to make a positive difference.

For the past ten years e-Veritas has been aimed at a broad spectrum of readers: Ex Cadets, spanning at least three generations; former and current faculty and staffs; and family & friends of current cadets and Ex Cadets.

The way we see it, the biggest challenge facing e-Veritas is to bring it up-to-speed with modern technology. Smart-phones and the like are not user friendly for reading the current lay-out. The reality is that many of our potential readers are using these compact hand-held devices as their main source of communicating.

Consequently, it is absolutely mandatory that we retool – if we wish to remain relevant. Look for changes over the next few months.

In the meantime, we will continue to give it our very best shot each and every Issue that we are at the helm.

We want to put on the record the great support that we receive on a daily basis from the Executive Director, Bryan Bailey. His support and that of the Club leadership are much appreciated. That and all the help we receive from our many volunteers still makes it fun for us to be involved.

In closing, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and /or a safe and happy holiday.  e-Veritas returns in early Jan, in what we hope will be a happy new year for all its readers.

Bill & Rolande Oliver

9 Comments

  • 7077 Paul Wehrle

    December 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    You and Rolande do an absolutely spectacular service to the College and its members. I have seen a lot of alumni publications but yours is more than an “alumni” publication as it addresses the achievements of current cadets as well as former cadets. It informative, full of news of interest to all and extremely well written … in both languages.
    A great publication.
    Thanks for all of your work.
    Paul Class of ’66

  • 7776 Chris Lythgo

    December 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Bill and Rolande:
    You two are too modest! Your contributions and your dedication to the Club, the College and the cadets over the almost two decades that I have known you have been outstanding. Thank you so much for all you do for the collective “us”.
    Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2015!
    Cheers,
    Chris

  • 7830 John Wood

    December 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Dear Bill and Rolande,
    You are the best present the College and RMC Club has ever had! Your dedication is marvellous, and the service you provide to cadets and ex-cadets is unmatched. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and many more years of health and happiness. Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année!
    TDV,
    John

  • Doug Smith

    December 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Rolande and Bill; You two are great, as is your organization and it is good to hear that you appreciate Bryan Bailey and the Club’s input as well. I agree with the previous comments: You have made E-Veritas into what every Alum group would desire, and you have done that “from scratch” and surpassed many other institutions. I attribute that to your sense of duty, your military experience, and just to yourselves being an all-round super pair of people. All the Best of the Season to you, and we look forward to the “technology” changes in the works. Smitty 8074

  • 7762 Garth Jonah

    December 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Rolande and Bill, your efforts over the past 10 years with respect to E-Veritas and your other work on behalf of the Club have been a positive force in keeping us ex-cadets current with what is going on at the MilCols. The way you do business may require re-tooling, but the drive behind the work does not need any re-tooling. Keep up the great work!

    All the best for Christmas and 2015!

    Garth

  • 4167 Pete Joyce

    December 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    No need to repeat the obvious from previous comments – just to let you know the column is the first thing I open every monday.

  • 13605 Greg Caws

    December 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks Bill and Rolande for always producing a top notch publication. It’s always interesting, timely and I look forward to receiving it ! All the best.

  • 13846 Kevin Bryski

    December 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Bill and Rolande,

    On behalf of the Class of ’83, I would like to thank you for your loyal and dedicated service to the RMC Club and its members. You both have been stellar in providing excellent services, notably the eVeritas newsletter, which ensures we all remain connected and aware of the issues facing our club and RMCC itself.

    I wish you a heartfelt and most sincere Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May your bananas ripen and your re-tooling plans succeed in 2015!

    TDV.

    Col Kevin Bryski, OMM, CD
    Class Secretary ’83
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  • Peter Fosbery

    December 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    On behalf of the Toronto Branch, I’d like to add my congratulations for
    an excellent continuing effort from you both.

    This ‘required reading ‘is a pleasant diversion from the avalanche of
    material the Internet throws at us. Of noteworthy mention, I think it’s
    crucial to maintaining contact amongst our Alumni. ( God knows I keep trying ! )

    All the best for 2015.

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