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Painting - creative therapy for soldier

Painting – creative therapy for soldier

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Artist Fred Trainor says each brush stroke he applies to a canvass offers him a path to healing. The 58-year-old Ottawa Valley resident, and currently serving Warrant Officer, was deployed to war-torn Afghanistan in 2005 and again in 2007. Those deployments led to an operational stress injury that remains to this day. […]

De-Centralized Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) Courses

De-Centralized Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) Courses

Anna MuseliusNPTG–– Naval Personnel and Training Group (NPTG) planners, Training Development Centres, Fleet Schools, and instructors on both coasts have been busy this fall conducting Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) courses to Regular Force naval recruits. The goal is to safely train the navy’s newest sailors through a COVID-19 persistent environment. BMQs are normally run through […]

Immunization program kicks off

Immunization program kicks off

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– This year’s battle against seasonal flu has commenced at the base with vaccine clinics underway for military members. To kick off flu shot season, senior leadership rolled up their sleeves and took the shot last week from a Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific) member. “I am getting my flu shot because […]

To move and float: The ingenuity of HMCS Winnipeg's MSE department

To move and float: The ingenuity of HMCS Winnipeg’s MSE department

Captain Chelsea DubeauHMCS Winnipeg–– It’s a Sunday morning in HMCS Winnipeg, one of the best days of the week. The ship is in transit, deployed on Operation Projection, and best of all there will be ice cream later. “Marine Systems Engineering Officer speaking,” starts the pipe. “For the information of the ship’s company, showers remain […]

Base Administration's MCpl Kim Draper

Base Administration’s MCpl Kim Draper

2Lt Jamie Boparai Base Administration–– To find Master Corporal Kim Draper, one has to take the stairwell into the basement of Nelles Block. With a team of two military and two civilian members, she manages Nelles Block Stores, a supply warehouse that supports the residents and employees that live and work in the accommodations building. […]

Mission complete for Tour de Rock riders

Mission complete for Tour de Rock riders

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Tour de Rock rider Cpl Michael Smith says he was taken aback by donor generosity in this year’s fundraiser for children with cancer. The 29-year-old works in the Court Section of CFB Esquimalt’s Military Police Unit. He was part of a 19-person police and first-responder cycling team that pedaled a combined distance […]

CANEX raises its game

CANEX raises its game

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– A revamped contest by CANEX launches later this month and hopes to catch the attention of gaming enthusiasts. Game On CANEX kicks off on Oct. 22 and is open to all Canadian Armed Forces members. The contest offers four separate sweepstakes for four consecutive weeks with a total of $4,000 in prizes […]

Former reservist targets half a million for hospital

Former reservist targets half a million for hospital

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– These days, Yana Hempler runs with a purpose. The former army reservist and long-distance runner has taken to the trails and streets of Victoria to raise money for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to help expand and enhance the critical care capacity, now and into the future. What started out as a summer challenge […]

'Just Paint It' course creates more than just artwork

‘Just Paint It’ course creates more than just artwork

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Art instructor Behni Moosavi-Shalmani believes everyone is bestowed with creativity. They just need to give themselves the opportunity to blossom. She is the course provider of ‘Paint It!’ for the Personnel Support Programs recreation department. “I can say with confidence that everyone who leaves one of my classes, leaves with a big […]

Dockyard's Big Tree – End of an Era

Dockyard’s Big Tree – End of an Era

Katelyn MooresBase PAO–– It’s the end of an era for one of the oldest and largest Arbutus trees on base, but hopefully also a new beginning. The Arbutus tree located in the Dockyard is estimated to be over two hundred years old, but a recent risk assessment found it in deteriorating health, and that instability […]