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Corporal Christopher Imamshah, from Personnel Coordination Centre, looks on as Base Commander Capt(N) Jason Boyd handles mail and hands out treats. Cpl Imamshah single-handedly secured the Base Commander with a donation to the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign’s “You’re the Boss” auction.

Special duties assigned for boss auction

Base Public Affairs ~ Just before Christmas, Capt(N) Jason Boyd took on a special tasking order. One carefully crafted by the folks at the Personnel Coordination Centre (PCC). Detailed in the order, written by Corporal Christopher Imamshah, the Base Commander had to ensure that fun, and plenty of it, was embedded in all his duties […]

2017 Year In Review

2017 Year In Review

From the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge to the spirited Invictus Games, here is our 2017 Year In Review.View it here (PDF): bit.ly/2CI1GX9

In Memoriam – Graham Smith

In Memoriam – Graham Smith

It is with great sadness that the family of Graham Bruce Smith announce his unexpected passing on Dec. 28, 2017, at the age 54. Forever remembered by his wife of 27 years Jennifer, and sons Ryan (Jennifer) and Conner, grandson Calaeo, brother Carl (Elaine) and family, and brother-laws Steven and Joseph Pospolita and their families. […]

Holiday health – don’t succumb to the temptation

Holiday health – don’t succumb to the temptation

Andrea Lam, Health Promotion Esquimalt ~ The holiday season is a time to reflect on the year we’ve had, to reconnect with good friends and family, and to recalibrate by relaxing and doing what makes us happy. But for many the holidays can bring up mixed emotions, especially for those who are spending the first […]

Left photo: Chief Petty Officer First Class Michael Miller, centre, is promoted to his current rank by Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, and CPO1 Miller’s wife Toni. Right photo: CPO1 Simon Lepage, centre, is promoted to his current rank by Commodore Steve Waddell, right, Director General Naval Strategic Readiness, and Command Chief Petty Officer, CPO1 Michel Vigneault.

Newly created senior appointments will assist in Royal Canadian Navy transformation

Darlene Blakeley, Navy Public Affairs Ottawa ~ The substantial experience and perspective of two Chief Petty Officers First Class recently appointed to newly created senior positions, will assist in the continuing transformation of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as it prepares for the future fleet. CPO1 Simon Lepage has taken on a senior appointment with […]

Dogs of Invictus

Dogs of Invictus

Marianne Prigly, ADM(PA) ~ The Canadian edition of the Invictus Games held in Toronto in September brought athletes, their families, and friends to Toronto from around the world. Athletes, who were able, brought their service dogs to support them during this exciting, but also potentially stressful event. However, those making the journey from countries as […]

LCdrs Victoria and Chris Devita. Photo by Mona Ghiz, MARLANT PA

Navy couple shares family and command of same ship

Darlene Blakeley, Navy Public Affairs Ottawa ~ They have made history as a navy couple commanding the same warship, but to Lieutenant-Commanders Chris and Victoria Devita balancing their busy careers in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with a happy family life remains their prime objective. Victoria commanded HMCS Glace Bay for two years from 2013 […]

LS Kris Winther practices squats with his daughter Francesca Sabrina near his home in Sooke. On Dec. 20 LS Winther will attempt to break the world record for consecutive squats in a fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital. Photo by Fabiola Gavidia

Sailor’s charitable goal

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ This week, Leading Seaman Kris Winther is working his leg and back muscles in support of the BC Children’s Hospital. On Dec. 20, in the gymnasium of Victoria’s Delta Hotel by Marriot or on the grounds if the weather is good, the 36-year-old member of Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) […]

Rear-Admiral Art McDonald and his wife Sabina.

Holiday Messages from the Base Commander and Rear-Admiral

With the holiday season just around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Defence Team for all the perseverance and dedication you have displayed over the past year. While I have only been Base Commander for a few short months, I know how hard all of you work and […]

Income tax relief for deployed members

Income tax relief for deployed members

As part of Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada announced an enhanced income tax relief measure for all Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel who deploy on named, international missions. I am happy to advise that all arrangements are now in place to make this initiative a reality for members of […]