Celebrating Their LX
Gentlemen graduates from the Class of 1956 celebrated the 60th anniversary of their arrival at RMC and Royal Roads, on Sept 12, 1952, with a luncheon this past Wednesday, Sept 12, 2012, at the Senior Staff Mess. Accompanied by their wives, and / or dear friends they mingled, shared a few yarns over drinks before joining College Commandant BGen Eric Tremblay and Col Stephen Saulnier, Head of the Department of Applied Military Science and Director of the Land Force Technical Staff Programme in the Commandant’s Dining Room for an enjoyable lunch.
We are always on the lookout for ex-Cadets to add to our Class Notes section. If you or if you know of an Ex Cadet with something interesting going on, we want to hear about it! Whether it’s career related or more on the personal/family life, we would like to know to know what’s going on with you and / or them.
Just send a short write up, and, if you want, a recent JPEG appropriate photo, to: [email protected].
5478 Andrew Ellwood, Class of ’62 – After retiring in 1995 from a challenging career at Canada Post developing information systems, managing the internal fleet, and directing the movement of the mails, Andy Ellwood is well-esconced in enjoying life with his wife, Jill, in suburban Ottawa. During the summer, he is an active golfer at the Metcalfe Golf & Country Club. While his handicap continues to rise with his age, he does his bit organizing various leagues and tournaments. In the winter, Andy is engrossed in stamp collecting, a long time involvement with the hobby, both as a collector and a dealer, and he supports the hobby by serving on the Board of Directors of BNAPS and organizing local shows. Andy has never been bitten by the travel bug, much to Jill’s dismay, but they try to get away once in a while. ([email protected])
5892 Len Geddie, Class of ’63 – Len Geddie graduated from RMC in 1963. After three years in the air force as an administrative officer he resigned and began studies for a masters degree in English literature at the University of Western Ontario. There he became fascinated by the potential impact of computers on academic libraries, switched to a library science program, and spent the next 33 years at Western assisting in its transformation from the old library world of index cards and print collections to the present era of online search tools and vast digital resources. He retired as the Associate University Librarian at Western in January 2001.
Since then a (current) total of eleven grandchildren, ranging in age from 3 to 18, have kept him happily occupied with a wide variety of family activities. In his spare time he reads, plays with computers, and occasionally plays golf, goes cross-country skiing, or travels. He and his wife, Dorothy, reside in Ingersoll, Ontario, his original hometown. ([email protected])
10208 Cameron Carbert, Class of ’75, retired in 2000 after a rewarding career as an infantry officer in The Royal Canadian Regiment. The highlight of his career was the five years spent as Commandant of the Canadian Forces Nuclear Biological and Chemical School at CFB Borden. During this posting he also commanded the Canadian Forces NBC Response Team on many training deployments and operational missions.
Civilian life came as a bit of a shock, but Cam saw his future as a home renovator. He completed year-long carpentry and cabinetmaking courses at Georgian College in Barrie, ON, and even did a bit of television. But he proved to be no Mike Holmes, and he missed the excitement and camaraderie of the military. Civilian life seemed dull and without purpose.
However, everything changed with the arrival of the March 2006 edition of “VERITAS” magazine. There on page 55 was an advertisement for “CALIAN” with the banner “Continue to make a difference”. Calian was looking for retired officers to work at the Directorate of Synthetic Environments (DLSE), in Kingston, to assist with command and staff training. A telephone call and a quick visit to Calian’s head office in Kanata, and he was in.
Working at DLSE proved to be both professionally rewarding, and fun, and it was a great way to rediscover Kingston. So much so that Cam and his wife Yvonne moved to Kingston in the fall of 2010. They now live within three kilometers of RMC and regularly pass by the College on their way across the causeway.
Kingston is proving to be a great place to live with much to explore locally, and as a base for longer journeys. It is also close enough for regular visits to the couple’s son Sean in Petawawa and daughter Andrea in Ottawa. ([email protected])
16412 Gord Clarke’s (Class of ’88+1) book, “Major Battles of the War of 1812,” is currently sitting at #7 on the Amazon.ca list of bestsellers about the War of 1812. It got 3 stars (out of 4) and a recommendation from the Manitoba Library Association’s CM Magazine. It covers the major land and sea battles of the War at the Grade 6 level and is being picked up by libraries across the country.
19048 Gord Sharpe, Class of ’93 – Major Gord Sharpe was named the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Vancouver Commanding Officer during a recent ceremony held in New Westminster. He joined the Regular Force in 1989 under the Regular Officer Training Plan and graduated in 1993 from the Royal Military College of Canada, in Kingston, Ontario, with an Engineering degree. He earned his Air Navigator Wings in 1994 and has had several postings at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Victoria, British Columbia. He has also served at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe NATO Operational Headquarters in Mons, Belgium.
21720 Kira Zoellner, Class of ’00, and Patrick Boulé are pleased to announce the birth of their son William Daniel Boulé, born August 30, 2012 at 6:16 am. William was born a month ahead of schedule, weighing 5 lbs 12 oz, but is perfectly healthy. He is also welcomed by his big sister Beatrice (30.09.2010). ([email protected])
23234 Heather Reibin, Class of ’05, is now serving as the Adjutant at 2 CER in Petawawa. After graduation she served as a Troop Commander at 1CER and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team on TF 1-08. She was then employed at CANOSCOM as the Assistant Operations Officer: coordinating training for engineers deploying to Afghanistan on the international Exercise Tropical Hammer and providing engineering support during Operation PODIUM (support to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics).
In 2010 she returned to a Regimental position as Squadron 2IC at 2 CER and completed her Army Operations Course in 2011. On June 30th 2012, Heather married Captain Jonathan Hubble, who is currently the Adjutant at the 1st Batallion, the Royal Canadian Regiment, in Petawawa Ontario.
23886 Lydia Evequoz, Class of ’08 – Since graduating, Lydia has been moving around quite a bit with an initial posting to Newfoundland, deployments to BC and Afghanistan and a posting to New-Brunswick. Meanwhile, she has taken the time to travel all over the place for work and pleasure, including Europe and North America. Always busy, she continues to fill her day with a Masters program which she’ll complete in December and by taking part in organized sports on and off base. She will remain in Moncton for one more year and continue to enjoy the beaches of New-Brunswick until she moves again! ([email protected])
2 IV Years Spending I Term On The Hill
Innovative Internships Introduce Cadets to the Capital
Two fourth-year cadets will have the semester-long opportunity of their RMCC careers: accredited internships with government officials in the nation’s capital. 25881 OCdt Anthony Matlock has been paired with MP Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, and 25806 OCdt André-Philippe Lacombe with the office of Senator Roméo Dallaire.
The internships are an expansion of a progressive program offered by the Politics and Economics Department, and were spearheaded by former department head, Dr. David Last. Not only will the positions provide these cadets with an incredibly practical education in government, they pose to offer unprecedented learning and living within the networks that make Ottawa function. There will indeed be some interesting updates to follow from these two cadets.
OCdt Anthony Matlock is a fourth-year honours Politics student from Waterloo, ON, training to be an Infantry Officer. His military and College-based training includes summer phase qualifications, FYOP-staff, and second language accreditation. As founder of the RMCC Expedition Club, Anthony led successful expeditions to Mt. Aconcagua in South America and Mt. Kilimanjaro in East Africa, with the aim of creating challenging mission-like experiences and stimulating thought leadership amongst cadets on a range of global issues. While volunteering with e-Veritas as an ongoing contributor, Matlock created the College’s unique “University with a Difference” video series. Prior to enrolling in RMCC, Matlock, an early high-school graduate and student in Wilfrid Laurier University’s global-affairs program, worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He also spent considerable time traveling solo across eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Matlock looks forward to new challenges within the Canadian Forces and would also like to pursue academic specialization in emerging economies and energy policy, leading toward additional public service roles and contributions to the government in the future.
L’Élof André-Philippe Lacombe est un quatrième année en sciences politiques avec spécialisation qui vient de Boucherville sur la Rive-Sud de Montréal. Il vient tout récemment de compléter sa phase 3 d’artillerie à Gagetown au Nouveau-Brunswick et il désire aller travailler éventuellement au 5e RALC à Valcartier. Au printemps dernier, il a été sélectionné pour représenter le Collège dans une compétition de droit international à San Remo en Italie où son équipe s’est classée au deuxième rang du tournoi. Dans ses études, il se concentre beaucoup sur ce qui a trait à la sécurité internationale, un sujet où il aura l’occasion d’approfondir ses connaissances lors de son stage avec le Sénateur Roméo Dallaire. L’Élof Lacombe a l’intention de poursuivre ses études dans le milieu politique et aussi de se diriger dans le domaine du droit militaire.