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RMC Foundation March Funding Highlights / Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund Update

RMC Foundation March Funding Highlights

RMC Saint-Jean Africa Discovery Trip 5-13 March 2016 – $10,000

A voyage of discovery in Senegal for two RMC Saint-Jean Officer Cadets


From March 5 to 13 2016, Naval Cadet 27257 Xing Yu Chen and Officer Cadet 27412 Samuel Quenneville, accompanied by 20657 Dr Danic Parenteau, visited West Africa as part of a journey of cultural discovery. On route to Senegal, they had the opportunity to make a stop for a day in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, where they had the chance to visit the Hassan II mosque, known for its splendor. During their stay in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, they visited the Island of Gorée, the place of historical memory for the slave trade, the imposing Monument of the African Renaissance, erected in 2010 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of the country and the Museum of the Armed Forces of Senegal. Thereafter, they went to the city of Saint-Louis, on the Mauritanian border, where they visited the Natural Park of Djoudj located in the Senegal River delta and a Peul village, one of the main ethnic groups of the country. Finally, at the end of the week, they had the opportunity to visit the Bandia Reserve, located near Thiès, where they observed several large animals in the wild, including giraffes, rhinos, zebras, ostriches, antelopes, etc. This trip would not be possible without the continued support of the donors to the RMC Foundation.  Your donations are still needed to further fund these types of cultural discovery trips for RMC Saint-Jean students.   Read the rest of the story – http://www.rmcfoundation.ca/index.php/enhancing-excellence/leadership/voyageinafrica/

RMC Saint-Jean International Women’s Day 9 March 2016 – $2,000


On March 9th, 2016, three officers from the Sûreté du Québec, Chief Inspector Caroline Guay, Captain Nathalie Babeau, and Lieutenant Guylaine Tremblay, came to Royal Military College Saint Jean. For one hour, the three people touched on the topic of gender diversity and complementarity, and the strength for the organization.

One of the points covered was how can men today help women, and the solutions given were quite simple: don’t focus on the differences between men/women especially their sex, but choose people more for their abilities to complete tasks. Another point that stood out above others was gender diversity. For chief inspector Caroline Guay, pursuing the idea of gender diversity was developed through knowing who she is and the values that guide her, having the courage to dare, and having the tools to manage well. Your donations continue to provide funding to RMC Saint-Jean to sponsor these types of high level guest speakers.  Future funding is still needed to continue to enhance the leadership development of the Officer Cadets at RMC Saint-Jean. Read the rest of the story http://www.rmcfoundation.ca/index.php/enhancing-excellence/leadership/rmc-saint-jean-international-womens-day/

RMCC Judo Clinic 6 March 2016 – $800


On March 6, 2016, Former Olympian Tina Takahashi came to instruct the RMCC Judo Club. She focused primarily on competitive style judo in order to help prepare the team for their upcoming competition. The workshop helped build the team’s ability to adapt to unconventional fighting styles, and to endure high intensity sparring.  She also demonstrated some simple techniques that could be used against common advances. The team also used this occasion to practice sparring with some new opponents, as local Judo Club members were also in attendance. The workshop concluded with words of encouragement, and an invitation to one of Tina’s martial arts workshops in Ottawa. The Clinic was a great opportunity to be taught at a superior level, and it expanded our knowledge and experience. Officer Cadet William Cresswell

RMCC Judo Club Coupe de Montréal Competition 12 March 2016 $800


On March 12, 2016, the RMCC Judo Club attended the Coupe de Montréal Judo tournament in Montréal, QC. There were seven Judoka competing each in a different category based on age, weight and belt level. The tournament went well, with two competitors receiving silver (OCdt Okhotnitski and OCdt Moullard) and two competitors receiving bronze in their divisions (OCdt Levert-Beaulieu and OCdt Généreux). As this was the first Judo competition for most members of the RMCC Judo Club, it was a very rewarding experience that allowed them to interact with people from other clubs from across Quebec and Ontario, as well as develop their skills. Thank you to the donors to the RMC Foundation for funding these two events.  The funding provided allowed us to train and compete at our best potential.  Your continued support in the future to the RMC Judo Team is greatly appreciated. Watch the video here


Astronomy Club Trip to Mont-Mégantic 11 & 12 March 2016 $1400

During the weekend of 11 and 12 March, a group of sixteen Cadets of the Astronomy Club, had the opportunity to visit the observatory of Mont-Mégantic Park with the financial support of the RMC Foundation. On this trip of about thirty-six hours, the Cadets enjoyed snowshoeing in an illuminated trail of torches. Members of National Park team organized a training night, including the learning of various astronomical phenomena and urban (creation of supernovas, light pollution, solutions to deflect an asteroid threatening Earth , etc.). The Club observed celestial bodies through one of three telescopes on the site. We were able to see Jupiter, the Moon, the constellation Orion, the Subaru and the Andromeda galaxy.

For next year, the Astronomy Club is looking for financial support to provide a new destination, in Arizona or Chile where telescopes exceed eight meters. On behalf of the Astronomy Club, I encourage anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and are fascinated by the phenomena of the sky to donate to the Athletics Program at RMCC for 2016- 2017. Officer Cadet 26477 Gerry Ménard

Read the rest of the story  http://www.rmcfoundation.ca/index.php/enhancing-excellence/athletics/astronomy-club-2016/

Young Memorial Lecture 16 March 2016 $5000


On Wednesday the 16th of March, 2016 the graduating class of 2016 had the honour and privilege of listening to Dr. Rory Cooper, director of the Human Engineering Resource Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cooper was presenting on behalf of the Young Memorial lecture. His presentation was inspiring and motivating on many levels and left the class of 2016 with much to think about moving forward. Dr. Cooper emphasized the importance of military life and friends, even after you leave the forces. His story of perseverance and determination to overcome his accident in early life was encouraging for all in the room. Dr. Cooper showed the class of 2016 that it is impossible to predict where life is going to take you, but if you do the best you can in the environment you are given it will pay off.

Read the rest of the story http://www.rmcfoundation.ca/index.php/enhancing-excellence/academics/young-memorial-lecture/


Thanks to contributions from 152 donors since 2014, the Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund had received over $53,000 by early April. There are still five months left before the Chasse-Galerie canoe leaves Ottawa. Please make a donation in the name of your favourite paddler today! You can phone Jennifer Jordan at RMC (613-541-6000 ext 6807) or click on the Foundation website >Athletics >La Chasse-Galerie 2016.

27639 OCDT Andréanne Tremblay is the newest and youngest member of the 2016 Chasse-Galerie crew. She is in Prep Year at RMCSJ and plans to pursue aerospace engineering. After one more year in St Jean she will enter RMCC and join the Class of 2020.

Like the rest of the 15-member crew, she has been tasked with raising at least $2,000 for the Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund.

Please make a donation in her name, or that of any other paddler, by phoning Jennifer Jordan or visiting www.rmcfoundation.ca.