Catching Up With the News

13766 Konrad Mech met a couple of ex-Cadets south of the Equator recently. First, a classmate, 13801 Steven Strauss, was 1st Officer on the 777 flight on AC92 from Toronto to Santiago, Chile on Sunday March 13th. Steve’s wife Lavinica was also on the flight. Steven gave Konrad a tour of the cockpit and the crew rest area on landing in Santiago, and the three enjoyed a very nice dinner at Parque Arauco later that week. Steve moves from the right seat to left seat in June when Steve takes command of 767s. (Photo: Steven has the blue shirt and Lavinica has the blonde hair)

Then Konrad had the opportunity to spend some time with 20811 Barry Morocho in Quito Ecuador just before the spring equinox. This was very fortunate timing for Konrad because he was able to attend the inaugural AGM of the Quito Ecuador branch of the RMC Club of Canada. Konrad is shown congratulating Barry in the photograph, taken in La Ronda, in the heart of Colonial Quito (a UNESCO heritage site for those interested).

The elected slate of officers are: President, Barry Morocho. Vice President: Barry Morocho. Secretary: Barry Morocho. Treasurer: Barry Morocho. Membership Chair: Barry Morocho. Events Coordinator: Barry Morocho. Barry says he looks forward to the upcoming Quito Ecuador Branch Golf Tournament where he expects to handily take the title.

Barry returned to Ecuador to become the CFO of Quiport, a Public/Private Partnership between Aecon Engineering of Canada, a Brazilian constructor, and Ecuador to build and operate a new airport in Quito while divesting the assets at the old site and redeveloping it into parkland and commercial real estate. (Photo: Barry is in the blue and white jacket)

 

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Durham Regional Police Support our Troops

24032 Slt Chantel Helwer (nee Lemay) – 10 Year Volunteer

Christmas 2010 marked the third consecutive year that the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) has supported our troops by donating food and toys to various Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) in Ontario. This initiative started a few days before Christmas in 2007, when the Annual Durham Regional Police Food and Toy Drive was still collecting items but the local charities said they could no longer accept donations. Police Constable Paul Hawrychuk then asked, “Who else needs donations?” And the question was answered by a naval reserve officer who had been a long time volunteer with the toy drive…the military!

24032Slt Chantel Helwer (nee Lemay) was the driving force behind organizing the donations to the military. She began volunteering with the Durham Regional Police in 2002 and, after joining the military in 2004, continued to volunteer her time over Christmas break. Her husband, mother and other members of the family have also pitched in to help.

The 2010 toy drive was another huge success. A big thanks should be extended to the Durham Regional Police and their volunteers who worked tirelessly to help not only their local families but their military communities as well.

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RMC Rugby Team Supports New Zealand Earthquake fundraisers in Canada

We had a big contingent of kiwis; a large number from the relatively small but deeply passionate Ontario rugby community; a contingent of Royal Military College cadets who drove up from Kingston, presented an oversized cheque from their fundraising efforts and added some real style, fully kitted out, appropriately enough in their formal red and black uniforms (Canterbury colours); and many others with a strong desire to support Christchurch.

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Liberals pledge Royal Military College university status

If elected May 2, the Liberals would immediately invest $25 million to pay for infrastructure to boost the campus from what is now a CEGEP-level facility to university.

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Military college gets Liberal pledge

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Ice to meet you!: New York City Guard Soldiers Learn Winter Survival Skills from Canadian Army

Practicing getting out of icy water was just one of the many training exercises Wiwczar and eight other New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry-most from New York City– learned in the ice and snow of Canada.

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Museum for Human Rights ‘Canada’s museum’

It’s called the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Alas, it’s not actually that. Instead it’s shaping up as a museum focused on the Shoah, Jewish suffering in the Second World War.

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