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College Bourget

Rod Hodgson from Hudson Quebec gave a talk on Vimy Ridge to students of Jean-Sebastian de la Chevrotiere at College Bourget.  Pleased to see my “Vimy! Valour! Victory!” book used in his presentation!  Thank you Rod for sharing this wonderful experience with me!

Garrison Ball 2017

The 200th Anniversary of the Toronto Garrison Officers’ Ball was outstanding from the start to finish!  It was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre.  32 Service Battalion provided a well planned out evening.   I had a fantastic time!  

Reserve Forces Night at the RCMI, 2017

Great evening spent at the RCMI!  BGen Carignan was the guest speaker and certainly engaged the audience with her excellent presentation.  It was fantastic catching up with familiar people and having the opportunity to meet new acquaintances!  Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell was one of the invited guests and others that I had opportunity to meet are pictured below!

Hon Col Lionel Goffart & Major General Rohmer







Col Hobbs and Col Stewardson






BGenCampbell and BGen Carignan


The Head table for the evening!

Col John B. Newman

Visiting Veterans

This weekend was the best!  I enjoyed my time visiting with 3 WW2 veterans.  My first visit was with Paul and we enjoyed singing songs together…we have a repertoire that we go through each week…definitely a highlight for me!  Next I visited with Herb and with great luck, his son Steve was here visiting from Calgary.  The last visit this weekend was with John, and if you look at the picture in the background, you will see him as a younger man.  Still very handsome!

I am blessed to have them all in my life!


Ranger Christmas Party at CFB Meaford

It was a fabulous evening with great people and LOTS of wonderful food!  3 CRPG Rangers from 15 remote communities in northern Ontario were down south for the past 10 days at CFB Meaford.  They were on a leadership training course and at the Christmas party, they were all awarded their certification.  Bravo for a job well done!

LCol Matt Richardson (the commanding officer of the Ranger patrol) and Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Rob Patterson  had some fun by exchanging ranks for the night with the youngest Rangers on course.  All the instructors, Matt, Rob and even Honorary LCol of the Rangers John Newman served the meal and waited on us hand and foot…fantastic fun!

It was wonderful for me to reconnect with one of the Rangers I interview for my book.  Her name is Master Corporal Linda Kamenawatamin from Bearskin Lake Canadian Ranger Patrol.

I couldn’t have gone home happier!  Thank you to 3 CRPG for the great invite!

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First Canadian Place

At First Canadian Place this week with re-enactor Bill White selling my books and bookmarks.  Met lots of wonderful people who have purchased books from me; like Anne Hodge, who purchased one of each of my books and bookmarks too!  Thank you all for your great support!