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The Clan of the Gallant Canadians

On Wednesday, 1 April 1992, the Clan of the Gallant Canadians was instituted by the Regimental Funds Foundation to recognize both serving soldiers and civilian members of the Regimental Family.  Honorary Colonel Fred Mannix presented 21 awards on the occasion of the Regimental Birthday to inaugurate the Clan.

From "the Regimental Book":

In order to recognize the efforts of outstanding members of The Regiment and the community, an order was devised to show our appreciation for that individual's contributions. The reward is a permanent decoration and membership in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians. Persons who, by providing time and dedication, financial support, or a combination of both, have greatly improved the morale and well being of The Regiment may be considered for membership in the Clan. All Officers and Non Commissioned Members, Honorary Members, Associate Members and Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of The Calgary Highlanders are eligible to be awarded with a membership. Civilians who in any particular manner provide outstanding support to The Regiment may also be honoured in this manner.

The Clan of the Gallant Canadians is obviously patterned after the clans of ancient Scotland, and the title is taken from the title of a poem written in honour of the Tenth Battalion, CEF, and published in the Calgary Daily Herald on 10 September 1918. The title of this poem, GALLANT CANADIANS, was also the title given to Daniel G. Dancock's published history of the 10th Battalion.

Gallant Canadians, you've shown the world
you can stand for democracy when her flag's unfurled.
At Ypres, Festubert, at Vimy and Somme,
You brought us glory by work well done.
Gallant Canadians, the world won't forget
You died for freedom - we owe you a debt.
The deeds you have done for humanity's cause
Will ring round the world - receive its applause.
Gallant Canadians, you heard the call -
The motherland in danger - you gave your all.
How can we forget you men, brave and strong,
Fighting for justice, righting the wrong.
Gallant Canadians, well done, the world says:
You fought and suffered in the war's early days.
Historians will write as a nation to come:
Democracy hails you for all you have done.

The award was originally granted in four grades, with presentations usually done on the Regimental Birthday each year (in practice, the Wednesday night parade closest to 1 April). These Grades were Toshach, Chieftain, Henchman, and Clansman.

TOSHACH

The highest ranking in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians; the insignia of this award, in gold, is worn suspended from a blue ribbon, worn around the neck.

The award is granted for:

a) Meritorious service over an extended period to The Regiment, or,

b) for a minimum one-time donation of $10,000 or more to the Clan for The Regimental Funds Foundation

CHIEFTAIN

The second highest ranking in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians; the insignia of this award, in silver, is worn suspended from a blue ribbon, worn around the neck.

The award is granted for:

a) Meritorious service over an extended period to The Regiment
HENCHMAN

The third highest ranking in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians; the insignia of this award, in bronze, is worn suspended from a blue ribbon, and worn around the neck.

The award is granted for:

a) Meritorious service over an extended period to The Regiment, or,

b) for a minimum one-time donation of $5,000 or more to the Clan for The Regimental Funds Foundation

No longer awarded.

CLANSMAN

The fourth highest ranking in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians; the insignia of this award, a bronze miniature, is worn suspended from a blue ribbon, and worn on the wearer's right breast.

The award is granted for:

a) Recognition to an individual for a specific individual accomplishment or service to The Regiment, or,

b) for a minimum one-time donation of $500 or more to the Clan for The Regimental Funds Foundation
 

Royal Assent

George Milne, Regimental Secretary of the Calgary Highlanders in 1992, visited Buckingham Palace to meet Sir Robin Janvrin where he presented the designs and case for the proposed Clan of the Gallant Canadians medals.   He did so and was asked to return at 10:00 a.m. the next day. Sir Robin had met with Her Majesty the Queen the day before and presented the proposal.  The response from Her Majesty was, according to Mister Milne: "Tell George his medals are approved and are the first regimental medals approved since the time of Cromwell. As to Georgeís query about my view of giving them to civilians as well, not only for auspicious service to the regiment but for donating substantial sums...I approve!"

"Tell George", she added, "that he is simply following in the footsteps of my grandfather King George V and Lloyd George, who sold our baronetcies for 20,000 pounds each in the grim days of the 1920ís."

And so it was done.

Insignia

The original insignia had the ribbons shown below. The current sequence of insignia is as shown above.

Toshach Chieftain Henchman Clansman
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Method of Wear

The insignia of the award is worn in the traditional manner on civilian attire. The Clansman insignia is a miniature medal, worn on the right side by males. Court mounting of this insignia has not been unknown. The Henchman, Toschach and Chieftain awards are neck awards, and worn appropriately.

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Female recipients of the order wear their insignia pinned to the right breast when in civilian clothing.   At left, Highland Dancer Jennifer King wears the insignia of Clansman, photographed at the Grand Highland Ball on 13 March 2004.   Insignia for the higher orders, worn at the neck by males, are arranged as shown at right for wear by females in civilian dress.

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PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE CLAN OF THE GALLANT CANADIANS
(RANKS GIVEN ARE THOSE HELD AT TIME OF AWARD)

Toshach

Alden, John Captain Headquarters Company Finance Officer 30 Apr 2005
Bercuson, Dr. David - Professor of History, U of C Regimental Historian  
Cameron, Scotty Honorary Colonel      
Fletcher, Byron Chief Warrant Officer Battalion Headquarters RSM 2001
Gibson, Robert Honorary Colonel      
Goebel, Rick Lieutenant-Colonel Battalion Headquarters Commanding Officer  
Griffiths, Kent Chief Warrant Officer 41 Brigade HQ Brigade RSM 23 Sep 2004
Howard, W Lieutenant      
Kelly, Emmett Chief Warrant Officer Battalion Headquarters RSM 31 Mar 2010
McCumber, M Chief Warrant Officer      
McDonald, Mark - Pipes and Drums Pipe Major 2001
McDonald, Skip Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Regimental Headquarters Honorary LCol 30 Apr 2005
Meades, Russ Chief Warrant Officer Battalion Headquarters RSM 1999
Nickle, Sam C. Honorary Colonel     1993
Reaper, Paul Sergeant "A" Company Section Commander  
Russell, Denny Sergeant Battalion Headquarters Technical Quartermaster Sergeant Apr 2002
Scott, G Lieutenant-Colonel      
Spaan, Warren Lieutenant-Colonel Battalion Headquarters Commanding Officer Mar 2002
Venker, Edana - Regimental Kit Shop 22 Apr 2006
Villiger, F. Lee Lieutenant-Colonel Battalion Headquarters Commanding Officer 1 Apr 2005
Walters, Flint Chief Warrant Officer Battalion Headquarters Regimental Sergeant Major 28 Mar 2007

Chieftain

Alden, John Captain Administration Company Finance Officer 2003
Ansell, Laura - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer  
Bialek, Phil Corporal "A" Company Junior Leader 31 Mar 2010
Boyle, Peter Captain Battalion Headquarters Regimental Adjutant 31 Mar 2010
Cousins, Gord Captain 2137 RCACC Commanding Officer Apr 2002
Craddock, Robert Major 2137 RCACC Commanding Officer 31 Mar 2010
Henderson, RW Chief Warrant Officer Pipes and Drums Pipe Major  
Henry, Mike - Regimental Museum & Archives Chief Archivist 27 Nov 2014
McCumber, Helen - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer 28 Mar 2007
Russell, Shelley - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer 31 Mar 2010
Stewart, James - Pipes and Drums Drum Major  

Henchman

Dorcas, Kyle Captain "A" Company Officer Commanding  
Dorosh, Michael Corporal "A" Company/Heritage Section Company Clerk  
Dorosh, Michael Corporal Regimental Headquarters Webmaster/Clothing Storesman 30 Apr 2005
Downey, Gerald Sergeant "A" Company Platoon 2 i/c 2003
Emslie, Maria - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer 28 Mar 2007
Fedoruk, Glenn Warrant Officer Headquarters Company Recruiting WO 22 Apr 2006
Ganowicz, Stefan   Battalion Headquarters Henchman 2003
Greenough, Cindy Warrant Officer Administration Company TQMS  
Griffiths, Kent Sergeant "A" Company    
Griffiths, Renee - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer 28 Mar 2007
King, Brian S. Warrant Officer Pipes and Drums Drum Major  
MacDonald, JR Warrant Officer
Martin, Cody Master Corporal Headquarters Company Recruiting Cell 22 Apr 2006
McCumber, Helen - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer  
McDonald, Mark - Pipes and Drums Pipe Major  
McFarquhar, Keith Master Corporal Pipes and Drums Section Leader  
Meades, Russ Master Warrant Officer "A" Company CSM 1993
McIntee, Mike Master Warrant Officer Administration Company RQMS 2001
McLean, Fiona Captain   Aide de Camp 2001
Moreau, Jamie Corporal "A" Company   30 Apr 2005
Moreau, Jamie Corporal "A" Company   14 Sep 2005
Owens, Mike Lieutenant "A" Company 1 Platoon Commander 1 Apr 2000
Petersen, Angie Sergeant Administration Company   2001
Rankin, Jim Sergeant "A" Company Section Commander  
Rhodes, Joel Corporal Pipes and Drums Piper  
Russell, Shelley - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer  
Scott Sergeant Battalion Headquarters Chief Clerk  
Spaan, Deirdre - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer  
Stewart, Margaret - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer 28 Mar 2007
Tucker, Chris Sergeant "A" Company Section Commander 30 Apr 2005
Turnbull, Dave Warrant Officer "A" Company Company Quartermaster Sergeant/Colour Party 30 Apr 2005
Venker, Edana Master Corporal (ret'd) Regimental Secretary's Office Volunteer  
Waddell, Krista Corporal "A" Company Section 2 i/c 2000-2001
Welsh, Steve Corporal "A" Company Instructor 14 Sep 2005
Woods, Martin Sergeant "A" Company Section Commander  

Clansman

Avelino Master Corporal "A" Company Rifleman 2003
Baillie, William Corporal Pipes and Drums Piper Pre-2002
Barrie, K - Pipes and Drums Highland Dancer 2003
Cater, Robert Corporal Pipes and Drums Bass Drummer 1 April 1992
DeGuzman Sergeant 28 Mar 2007
Desilets Sergeant "A" Company Section Commander 22 Apr 2006
Dodd, Mark Sergeant "A" Company Section Commander 22 Apr 2006
Downey, Gerald Master Corporal "A" Company Section Commander Pre-2002
Duval, Kerri - Pipes and Drums Highland Dancer 2003
Edwards Master Corporal 28 Mar 2007
Emslie, Maria - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer 30 Apr 2005
Greenough, Cindy Sergeant Administration Company TQMS Pre-2002
Griffiths, Kent Sergeant     Pre-2002
Inglis, Mike Master Corporal Administration Company Storesman/Drummer Pre-2002
Johnson, Michael Corporal "A" Company Rifleman  
Kenny Master Corporal "A" Company 30 May 2007
King, Jennifer - Pipes and Drums Highland Dancer 2003
Klein, Steve Sergeant "HQ" Company Section Commander 28 Mar 2007
Lalonde, S - Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer  
Laramee, Pat Corporal Regimental Headquarters Clerk 30 Apr 2005
Lane, Jason Private Pipes and Drums Piper Pre-2002
Marchuk, Jody Corporal Pipes and Drums Section Leader 1 April 1992
Martin, Cody Corporal "A" Company   30 Apr 2005
McFarquhar, Keith Master Corporal Pipes and Drums Section Leader 1 April 1992
Neild, John Corporal Administration Company Storesman  
Pierce, Alison - Pipes and Drums Highland Dancer 2003
Poonwah, Christian Master Corporal Headquarters Company Recruiting Cell 22 Apr 2006
Reaper, Paul Sergeant "A" Company Section Commander Pre-2002
Rodger, Dean - Pipes and Drums Piper Pre-2002
Schmidt, Deanna -     28 Mar 2007
Stewart, James - Pipes and Drums Drum Major Pre-2002
Villiger, FL Lieutenant-Colonel Battalion Headquarters Commanding Officer 2003
Waye Corporal Headquarters Company Recruiting Cell 22 Apr 2006
Winfield, Kevin Corporal Administration Company Storesman  

 


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