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bruce_006.gifClayton Smith and his dad and at the start of the Bruce Trail run (northern terminus of the Bruce Trail – Tobermory).

16905 Clayton CE Smith (RMC ‘89)

Clayton Smith is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer with Crystal Wealth, an Investment Counsel/Portfolio Management firm located in Burlington, Ontario. Clayton Smith pursues the sport of Ultra-running on his spare time and has chosen to use this strength to raise money for two charitable areas that represent the future – children and the environment. Each year, Clayton chooses a running goal. In September 2005, Clayton Smith ran the entire Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Queenston, a distance of over 800kms, in 15 days. He raised $24,000, half of which went to the Bruce Trail Association. In 2008, Clayton will attempt to run the Bruce Trail again, but this time in only 10 days. For every

$1,000 in community donations collected, Crystal Wealth donates an additional $100, up to a specified amount. At 5 feet 10 and 158 pounds, Mr. Smith has a runner’s body – virtually devoid of fat. It’s the result of years of long-distance
running dating back to his days at the Royal Military College, where he earned a BA in 1989. He credits RMC and the five years he spent with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry after college for giving him the “stick-to-it-ness” he needs to cover such vast distances on foot. He entered the financial industry in 1994. After becoming a Chartered Financial Planner and building a successful financial planning business, Clayton established Crystal Wealth in 1998. He completed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst program in 1998 and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst certification. He created and managed Crystal’s retail mutual funds until they were sold to Co-operators in 2002. Currently, he is the lead portfolio manager on the following mutual funds: Onefund Diversified Plus, ESI Managed Portfolio, Oakstreet Income Fund, Peer Diversified Mortgage Fund, IFM Monitored World Equity and Crystal Enhanced Mortgage Fund.
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kayne.gifThis is the last of three different profiles researched and written by Kayne Carr for use in e-Veritas. His contributions have been much appreciated.

Robert Charette Leaving RMC After 29 Years…

By IV Year, 23439 Kayne Carr

On October 1, 1978, Robert Charette started his illustrious teaching career at RMC as a LAT-01 FSL (French Second Language) teacher. While at RMC, Robert volunteered in nearly every facet of the RMC and the Kingston community.

bob1.gifPrior to RMC, Robert taught in Hull, Québec at the Centre Asticou from 1975 to 1978. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Ottawa University in 1972 and taught for two years at l’école secondaire Ste-Marie in New Liskeard, Ontario from 1972 to 1974. Later, he obtained his Master of Education from Queen’s University.

Upon employment at RMC, Robert was selected as the first Chairman to the Tae-kwon-do team. As Chairman, he was a crucial link between the athletic and academic pillars for each team member.

Robert’s work with the Tae-kwon-do team did not go unnoticed. By the mid 80s, he was also the acting chairman of the College squash team which incorporated similar responsibilities as chairman of the Tae-kwon-do team with the added bonus of practising with the players and Yvan Gagnon and Bill Hurley as well as improving his racquet skills in squash.

Mr. Charette’s involvement in sports did not end there. Throughout his career, many tennis enthusiasts have known Robert as a highly competitive and very intense individual. Local tennis fanatics such as Y.T. Chan, Gerry Séguin, Côme Rozon, the late Sam Thomas and S125 Bill Oliver, just to name a few, have all had their share of difficulty taking any points from Robert.

Sports have always played an important role in Robert’s life. From tennis to hockey to billiards at the Raxx, he has continued to improve his physical and mental game through his involvement within the community.

Thanks to Robert’s dedication and contribution to the French community over the last twenty years, Kingston has experienced an explosion of centres and resources devoted to expanding the francophone contribution. From 1987 to 1994, Robert was a French trustee for the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Separate School Board concerned mainly with l’école secondaire Marie Rivier and l’école élémentaire Rémi-Gaulin. During his participation with the school board, he lobbied for the creation of a school/community centre. L’Octave is the auditorium which gives the Kingston French community the freedom to express itself through visual and fine arts in a predominately francophone environment.

Like most dedicated men, Robert Charette owes many of his accomplishments to the love and support of his family. Thanks to his wife, Christine and his three talented children, Mélanie, Marc-Antoine and Sébastien, not only has Robert been able to become a pillar of strength within his community, but also he has had the opportunity to further his education.

In 1981, Robert took a year of study leave in order to obtain his Master of Education from Queen’s University here in Kingston. Subsequently, Robert succeeded in a national competition for the senior teaching position (LAT-02 FSL) at RMC. After five years in the LAT-02 position, he decided to return to his former LAT-01 position preferring to work directly with the students.

Unfortunately, as of September 14th of this year, RMC and the Kingston French community will lose a very essential and influential individual as Robert Charette will be retiring. He will be joining his wife in Masson, Québec (part of the city of Gatineau) where he plans to continue to be active in his former community enjoying golf, fishing, biking and kayaking.

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, you will be missed.

Au Revoir, Robert

Par : Kayne Carr

bob2.gifM. Robert Charette a entamé sa remarquable carrière de professeur comme LAT 01 FLS (français langue seconde) au Collège militaire royal, le 1er octobre 1978. Pendant l’exercice de ses fonctions comme professeur, il a également servi de façon bénévole dans presque tous les secteurs d’activité du CMR et dans la collectivité de Kingston.

Avant de se joindre au CMR, Robert a enseigné au Centre Asticou, à Hull, au Québec, de 1975 à 1978. Il a obtenu un baccalauréat ès arts et un baccalauréat en éducation à l’Université d’Ottawa en 1972 et a enseigné à l’école secondaire Sainte Marie à New Liskeard, en Ontario, de 1972 à 1974. Plusieurs années plus tard, il s’est vu décerner une maîtrise en éducation de l’Université Queen’s.

À son arrivée au CMR, Robert a été nommé directeur de l’équipe de tae kwon do, poste nouvellement créé, et a assuré, à ce titre, la liaison essentielle entre les piliers des sports et des études et chaque membre de l’équipe.

Le travail de Robert au sein de l’équipe de tae kwon do n’est pas passé inaperçu. Au milieu des années 80, il a également occupé le poste de directeur intérimaire de l’équipe de squash du Collège. Ce poste, semblable à celui de directeur de l’équipe de tae kwon do par la nature des responsabilités, présentait un avantage intéressant : Robert pouvait s’entraîner avec les membres de l’équipe et avec Yvan Gagnon et Bill Hurley et, bien sûr, en profiter pour améliorer ses habiletés.

L’intérêt de Robert pour les sports ne s’arrête pas là. De nombreux joueurs de tennis de la région ont pu constater à leurs dépens l’esprit hautement compétitif et l’intensité extrême de Robert. Des fanatiques de ce sport tels que Gerry Séguin, Y.T. Chan, Côme Rozon, feu Sam Thomas et Bill Oliver (S125), pour n’en nommer que quelques uns, ont dû travailler d’arrache pied pour marquer des points contre Robert.

Si les sports ont toujours occupé une place importante dans sa vie, que ce soit le tennis, le hockey ou le billard chez Raxx, Robert a su améliorer ses nombreux talents, sportifs et intellectuels, en les mettant au service de la collectivité.

Grâce au dévouement de Robert et au travail qu’il a accompli au cours des vingt dernières années, Kingston a connu une explosion de centres et de ressources francophones. De 1987 à 1994, Robert a servi comme commissaire du Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Separate School Board et s’est penché avant tout sur les questions touchant l’école secondaire Marie Rivier et l’école élémentaire Rémi-Gaulin. Pendant son mandat, il a exercé des pressions en vue de la création d’une école centre communautaire. L’Octave est la salle de spectacles qui permet à la communauté francophone de Kingston de s’exprimer par le truchement des arts visuels et des beaux arts dans un environnement principalement francophone.

Comme la plupart de ceux qui se dévouent au service des autres, Robert Charette n’aurait pas pu accomplir tout ce beau travail sans l’amour et l’appui de sa famille. Grâce à sa conjointe, Christine, et à ses trois enfants talentueux, Mélanie, Marc Antoine et Sébastien, Robert a réussi non seulement à devenir un pilier de la communauté, mais également à faire des études supérieures.

En 1981, Robert a pris une année pour faire sa maîtrise en éducation à l’Université Queen’s, ici, à Kingston. À son retour au CMR, il a réussi un concours national et décroché un poste d’enseignement supérieur (LAT 02 FLS). Après avoir travaillé pendant cinq ans comme LAT 02, il a décidé de retourner à son ancien poste de LAT 1, préférant le contact direct avec les étudiants.

Le 14 septembre de cette année, le CMR et les francophones de Kingston devront malheureusement dire au revoir à cette personne qui a joué un rôle essentiel et marquant au sein de leur collectivité, puisque M. Robert Charette prendra sa retraite. Il ira rejoindre sa conjointe à Masson (banlieue de Gatineau), au Québec, où il compte participer activement à la vie communautaire de son ancienne ville tout en s’adonnant au golf, à la pêche, au cyclisme et au kayak.

Merci, Robert, pour ton travail ardu et pour ton dévouement. Tu vas nous manquer.

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