16 March – more than just another day at RMCC


16 March – more than just another day at RMCC

During the course of a calendar year it is not unusual for RMCC to host VIPs and even celebrities.

For the Chief of Defense Staff, a high profile Young Memorial recipient and an award winning poet to visit the college quite frankly is not usually a big deal.

What is a big deal though is if they all show up on the same day!

By chance and circumstances that is exactly what happened this past Wednesday, 16 March.

  • Young Memorial Lecture

  • CDS visit

  • Brian Turner Presentation: The Warrior-Poet



Young Memorial Lecture

The Young Memorial lecture by Dr. Rory Cooper kicked-off the day at 0730 in Currie Hall. His topic centered on – Promoting full Inclusion of Wounded, Injured, and Ill Service-Members and Veterans.

Dr Cooper was seriously injured riding his bicycle; he was hit by a large vehicle, while serving with the American Army in Germany on July 23, 1980.

As a result of the injury he was paralyzed from the mid-stomach down.

The entire fourth year class along with many from the faculty and military staff were present for his inspiring talk. His visit included visiting various labs talking with professors and students; a lunch and dinner by invitation at the SSM.

Dr Cooper was also in attendance at Currie Hall, that evening during the presentation of American soldier-poet Brian Turner.

The Young Memorial lecture was funded by the RMC Foundation

More on Dr Rory Cooper – Here

Even more on Dr Cooper –

Dr. Rory Cooper, engineer extraordinaire, informed and entertained students and staff at RMC Thursday. He told his story of success and compassion to this year’s graduating class in Currie Hall and to a robotics class in Sawyer Module 1.

Dr. Cooper designs wheelchairs and assistive technologies. He has a gift for imagining what will help people with disabilities and making those fantasies into reality. His work is particularly important to the military community as he seeks to help injured veterans and athletes. He is both.

Dr. Cooper lost use of his legs while serving in Germany. He went on to earn a bronze medal in the Paralympic Games in Seoul.

What struck me most about Dr. Cooper was that he seemed unaware of being a paraplegic most of the time. Perhaps this arose from how completely he adapted to injury. Perhaps also, this arose from his ability to adapt his immediate environment – his chair – to his needs and wants, as a form of self-expression.

Article and Dr Cooper photos by – Chris Miner, RMCC’s 2015 artist-in-residence, who is currently working on a special 140th college anniversary project.


CDS visit

Article by: NCdt 26730 Matthew Mooney

On Wednesday 15 March, the Chief of Defense Staff, General John Vance, took the time to stop by the Royal Military College of Canada in order to address the Cadet Wing as well as wish the fourth years good luck as their graduation fast approaches.

After the CDS’ arrival with the RMCC commandant, Brigadier General Sean Friday, the CDS took the time to congratulate certain cadets within the Cadet Wing.

OCdt Yang was recognized for her outstanding efforts to provide an injured member of the RMCC Cleaning staff with first aid. Additionally, OCdt Yang was recognized for her strong performance as a section commander and was rewarded with an early promotion to leadership level four.

NCdt Mater, Deputy Cadet Wing Commander, was recognized for his professionalism and his dedication. NCdt Mater is a strong performer as a part of the RMCC Sandhurst team and is a model cadet for others to emulate.

OCdt Chung was also awarded a CDS coin due to his involvement in the Kingston community during his time at RMCC. This involvement, combined with his high leadership capacity and dedication to his Sqn have seen this Cadet succeed excel greatly in his leadership potential.

Finally, NCdt Pouliotte-Mailette was recognized for his outstanding dedication to the College. NCdt Pouliotte-Mailette represented the College very well this past fall when he was on exchange at the United States Military Academy. NCdt Pouliotte-Mailette additionally was the top performer on his MARS II training this summer past.

Following the presentation of the coins, the Chief of Defence Staff took the time to field questions raised by cadets.

The opportunity to hear the future of the CAF for its director was an incredibly interesting experience for many cadets and one that will not be forgotten. Questions ranged from acquisition all the way to the future of the CAF. All cadets gained greatly from the experience that usually does not happen.

Following the town hall, the CDS joined some of the 4th year cadets at a brief lunch. Here he offered the soon to be graduated members of the CAF some key advice. Telling these cadets to stay true to who they are, the CDS imparted his wisdom on the cadets for a short period of time before he had to depart to catch a flight.

Overall, the experience was like no other. It is not often that future officers of the CAF have the opportunity to speak directly with officer in charge of the whole CAF. This moment will most likely ring in the ear of cadets for years to come.

More photos from the CDS RMCC visit by:

Colin de Grandpré, Melanie Hughes, and  Belanna McLean – here



Brian Turner Presentation: The Warrior-Poet

by 26685 NCdt (IV) Graham Mater – Brian Turner photos by Chris Miner

I first read one of Brian Turner’s poems in my first year english class, almost four years ago.

At this point I had been in the military for about two months, and the stark, morbid, and inglorious lines of his poetry were jarring to my naive sense of entitlement. His poems and my class’s discussions about them were affecting, so when I heard that Turner would be giving a presentation in Currie Hall last Wednesday, I knew I couldn’t miss it.

Hearing him present his poetry in person was a privilege.

Turner  was down-to-Earth, jocular, and pensive in his presentation. He got to know the crowd, immediately broke down the fourth wall, and I’m sure all of the faculty, students, and friends of RMC who heard him speak were thinking about his words long after they left the hall.

He embodied the spirit of the warrior-poet: forever trying to reconcile the necessity for the execution of violence with the accessory of creative expression. Construction amid destruction, an oxymoronic harmony. Hmm.

Add on – The Brian Turner visit to RMCC was funded by the RMC Foundation.

More photos of Brian Turner by Colin de Grandpré – Here