G1628 Major Tanya Grodzinski, PhD, Associate Prof in RMC’s Dept of History, Retires from the CAF

Above: LCol Andrew Brown, PhD (Deputy CO PG and MILFAC) presents the Commander, Canadian Army certificate to G1628 Major Tanya Grodzinski, PhD, during her farewell luncheon on August 11, 2020.

Article by 25366 Anna-Michelle Shewfelt

Photos courtesy of G1628 Tanya Grodzinski

Major Tanya Grodzinski, a well-known face in RMC’s Department of History, is moving on from a storied career in the Canadian Armed Forces. She marked her retirement from the CAF with a farewell luncheon on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. She began her career, which spans some four decades, in 1983 as a field engineer before joining the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, serving with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in Calgary. Other postings to Winnipeg, Halifax, and Kingston followed. She completed her MA in War Studies at RMC in 2002 and her PhD in history at RMC in 2010. While at RMC she also served as Military Assistant to the Dean of Arts, as the chair on numerous committees, as the Chair of the Military and Strategic Studies programme, as Military Advisor to the Varsity Fencing Team and as a member of the executive of RMC’s AGORA LGBTQ+ Support Group. Finally, between teaching at RMC and conducting 80 battlefield tours for CAF units, she had the pleasure of being involved in the education and professional development of a great many officers and non-commissioned members.

“The highlight of my career has to be serving as military faculty in the Dept of History from 2003-2020,” she explained. “I’m thankful to the faculty, staff, and students who made my time at RMC such a memorable experience. Best of luck to everyone in the coming academic year!”

Tanya hopes to return as a sessional instructor and also has plans for employment as a barista at a local café.


  • Andy Ruiter

    September 1, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I’d like a contact email for Tanya to pass on my congratulations and to be able to contact her the next time I am in Kingston for a class reunion. Thanks.

  • Helga Rausch Grodzinski

    September 1, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations Tanya on a great achievement, with your years of devoted service to the Queen and the People of Canada. From your humble start at Cornwallis and sapper training you have evolved beautifully into a polished and wise Armoured officer and have truly earned this chance to enjoy a new life as a civilian. Between teaching as a MILFAC at RMC and your fascinating battlefield tours, you have influenced the intellectual development of a significant proportion of the current and up and coming leadership of the CAF. For this you should be truly proud, as am I. BZ!

  • Rohan Maxwell

    September 2, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Congratulations and appreciation for your decades of service, Tanya: I assume starting off as a sapper helped :-) I wish you much happiness in the next chapter.

  • Kevin Brushett

    September 2, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person, teacher, and mentor. I mean that not just for the thousands of students who Tanya’s career at RMC has touched but her colleagues in the History Department and across the College.