Keeping Winnipeg ‘In the Green’

HMCS Winnipeg

In the Green Team, responsible for Morale and Welfare activities on board Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338), takes a group photo during Operation Projection while sailing in the Pacific Ocean on Aug 21. Photo: Sailor First Class Melissa Gonzalez, Canadian Armed Forces Imagery Technician.

Capt Christine MacNeil, 
HMCS Winnipeg PAO

There is a group on board HMCS Winnipeg representing a new name.

Formerly known as the Morale Mafia, the group is now called ‘In the Green Team’. Despite the name change, their goal remains unchanged: improve the ship’s company morale by hosting or supporting various morale activities.

Proposed by Sailor First Class (S1) Tommy Mailloux, the ‘In the Green Team’ name is derived from the Canadian Armed Forces Mental Health Continuum and emphasizes the importance of being ‘in the green’, or healthy.

The group meets once a week to brainstorm new morale activities and discuss suggestions from crew members. They also look at the ship’s schedule to determine the best timing for activities that will allow for maximum participation. Thus far on this deployment, the team has presented HMCS Winnipeg personnel with a nail-bitingly close Mario Kart tournament, the brainchild of one of the ‘In the Green Team’ volunteers. There has also been a trivia tournament suggested and ran by a member of the crew with the support of ‘In the Green Team’, and a Super Smash Bros tournament.

The ship is also holding a euchre tournament, with several other activities coming up, including a pizza delivery by the team, talent night, karaoke blitz, paint night, and stargazing.

HMCS Winnipeg is currently two months into a six-month deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. The crew recently concluded Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 and is now part of Operation Projection, conducting forward naval presence operations, cooperative deployments, and participating in international naval exercises with partner nations. High morale is vital for the mental well-being of the crew, as well as job productivity and crew cohesion.

The crew of HMCS Winnipeg is fortunate to have people willing to give their time in support of others. Thank you to the ‘In the Green Team’ for their hard work and great ideas.

The ‘In the Green Team’ volunteers:

  • Petty Officer Second Class Blair Black
  • Sailor First Class Tommy Mailloux
  • Sailor First Class Brandon Crawford
  • Sergeant Tricia Hagans
  • Master Sailor Chris Henrion
  • Sailor First Class Mikey Immel
  • Sailor First Class Maude Lafortune
  • Sailor First Class Anne-Marie Russell
  • Petty Officer Second Class Peter Butt

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