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Reviving Remembrance: The Sandwick Cairn and Lt Wilkinson

Reviving Remembrance: The Sandwick Cairn and Lt Wilkinson

Second Lieutenant Cameron Park,The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) ~ Under a tall oak tree near a small white church in Comox, British Columbia, a tall pyramid of grey stone stands. The Sandwick Cairn rises from the ground to support a cross as a memorial to fallen Canadian soldiers. It has stood as a quiet […]

Photo by MCpl Alexandre Paquin, Formation Imaging Services

Veteran employment program receives $1.1 million in funding

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Canada Company’s mission to assist veterans in their transition to the civilian workforce has received a $1.1-million boost from the Government of Canada. Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr made the funding announcement on behalf of the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour at the Canada Company’s 2016 National […]

Cdr Clive Butler, Commanding Officer HMCS Vancouver, meets New Zealand MP Ron Mark in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Photo by Cpl Amanda McErlich

International co-operation – key to partnership

Katelyn Moores, MARPAC PA Office ~ This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). The country organized a number of events throughout the year to mark this milestone and celebrate the service, commitment and sacrifice of the men and women who serve and have served in their […]

LS Christopher Pearson

Sailor to receive CRCN Commendation

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Supply Technician from Base Logistics’ Return Stores is the recipient of a Commander Royal Canadian Navy (CRCN) Commendation for his life-saving revival of a man in downtown Victoria earlier this year. LS Christopher Pearson, 28, is set to accept the award in the near future. The award recognizes Canadian […]

Rear Admiral Art  McDonald, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, and Chief Petty Officer First Class Gilles Grégoire, Formation Chief Petty Officer, ready for the ceremonial puck drop between Adam Brooks, Captain of the Regina Pats, and Ryan Gagnon, Captain of the Victoria Royals, at centre ice.

CAF Appreciation Night with the Victoria Royals

The Western Hockey League Major Junior Victoria Royals hockey team held their Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night on Nov. 19 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in a game against the Regina Pats. Special commemorative jerseys worn by the Royals during the game were auctioned off at the end to raise funds for the Poppy Fund, […]

Lisa deWit poses for a photo with RAdm William Truelove, Commander of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington) and Canadian Defence Attache, following her address at the Girls Can Do Event.

DND employee inspires young women at special event

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Lisa deWit got an uplifting surprise in the form of long, loud applause following her speech on empowering women at the Girls Can Do event held in Washington, D.C.’s historic Warner Theatre. “I remember the cheers from the audience roared right back on stage at me, letting me know those […]

HMCS Ottawa takes family and friends to sea

HMCS Ottawa takes family and friends to sea

Lt(N) Ellie Aminaie, HMCS Ottawa ~ Three weeks ago, family members and friends of the crew of HMCS Ottawa were invited to experience a day in the life of a sailor at sea. The day sail was well-attended by 200 friends and family members, including Honorary Captain Derek Turner who is a notable Second World […]

LS Sydney Huyghe

WestPloy, valuable experience for naval reservists

Katelyn Moores, MARPAC PA ~ When a sailor from HMCS Chippawa spoke at a high school in Winnipeg three years ago about life in the naval reserves, one student saw a way to make some money over the summer to help pay for university. Fast forward three years, and that student, now LS Sydney Huyghe, […]

Order of Military Merit

Local sailors earn prestigious award

Bart Armstrong, canadianmedalofhonor.com ~ Last week the best of the best arrived at Rideau Hall in Ottawa to be recognized and awarded for their services to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Canada, and the world. There were 46 in all, men and women, both commissioned and non-commissioned, and coming from Newfoundland across to British Columbia. […]

Brad Gable (center right), the Director of Contract Sales for Sysco, presents a cheque for $750 to the Commander of MARPAC/JTF (P), Rear Admiral Art McDonald (left), Base Administrative Officer Commander Jeanne Lessard (center left), and Base Commander Captain (Navy) Steven Waddell (right), during the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign fundraising Pancake Breakfast at the Chief’s & Petty Officers’ Mess, Nov. 16. Photos by MCpl Brent Kenny, MARPAC Imaging Services

Legion helps school with much-needed sound system

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The Royal Canadian Legion’s mission statement of “acting in service to Canada’s communities” is now coming in loud and clear on the new sound system at Rockheights Middle School. Over $6,300 in charitable funding from the Royal Canadian Legion’s Esquimalt Dockyard Branch #172 was used to purchase a new state-of-the-art […]