and Dining In
Men's Christmas Dinner
Lieutenant Colonel Vernon has
put his stamp on the unit during his brief tenure of command to date by
introducing a "back to fundamentals" approach to training appropriate to an
infantry Regiment in an Army training for, and engaged in, war. This past
autumn, the standard operating procedures at the ranges were changed when
the unit slept in hooches rather than in barracks, and force marched to the
day's activities. This new training regimen continued at the annual Men's
Christmas Dinner; the morning sports day was replaced by two components of
the Battle Fitness Test - the 100 metre fireman's carry/casualty evacuation
and, not insignificantly, the 13km rucksack march with 50-lb pack, tactical
vest, helmet and personal weapon. The weather was fine; cloudy but not too
cool and Warrant Officer Bailey managed some nice photographs which will
hopefully grace this site in weeks to come.
The Dinner itself stayed true
to tradition; Private D.J. Nguyen, the youngest soldier on parade, changed
places with Lieutenant Colonel Vernon. Nguyen had been surprised on
Remembrance Day to find that a Highland Regiment wears the kilt - such garb
is apparently unknown in the conscript military in his native Vietnam. After
the brief change of command ceremony, the Officers, Warrant Officers and
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Regiment served a meal to the men of
the Regiment as thanks for their hard work during the calendar year. Several
soldiers on leave from pre-deployment training were on hand to break bread
with their comrades in Calgary before departing for the war.
A smaller head table than
usual was on hand, with the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel joining the RSM,
Private Vernon and Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen. Retired Lance Corporal Floyd
Rourke, holder of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, was once again present at
this regimental function and of course accorded a place of honour at the
head table, and a moment of reflection was made to remember the Christmas of
1944, aided by handouts of the battalion War Diary for that year, as well as
a newspaper interview with the late Bill Lyster. Lyster had enlisted as a
Private early in the war, graduated first in his class at Sandhurst (the
first Canadian ever to do so, and after earning a Mention in Despatches as a
Sergeant during the fighting at Dieppe in 1942) and returned to the Calgary
Highlanders to eventually command a company. On Christmas Day 1944 he had
the task of writing the family of one of the soldiers in his company who had
been killed the day before. Lance Corporal Rourke (who was awarded his DCM
for taking over a platoon in an attack near Oldenburg in April 1945) went on
to serve in Korea, and has been a consistent attendee of regimental
functions, continuing to provide a living link to the Regiment's past and a
reminder of the sacrifice and courage displayed by our forebears. He is a
reminder of the reputation earned by the Regiment in battle which our
soldiers are now training to uphold as they have been upheld in the past,
evidenced by the wide array of UN and NATO ribbons in evidence on many
chests around the room.
Several promotions were also
awarded at the Dinner; congratulations to:
Captain DR Davidson
Captain DK Hormann
Corporal ET Hebert
Corporal MM Chambers
Corporal TG Balansche
Corporal ER Bullock
Corporal WD Walker
Corporal TD Tunnicliffe
And congratulations to the following soldiers for completing their trades
Private CJ Dunsby
Private AJ Murdock
Private SCT Edworthy
Private NS Shier
The QMSI has confirmed that
Private Edworthy is indeed related "to the guy they named the park after."
It's his Great-Grandfather.
The Pipes and Drums put on
their usual performance; the Pipe Major hastened to point out to the crowd
assembled that the 10 pipers and 6 drummers were but a fraction of the usual
parade strength of the band, which has had a very successful year. Photos of
the band, and the Highland Dancers, will hopefully also be forthcoming.
Calgary Highlanders Training for Afghanistan
Master Corporal Mark
Nussbaumer sends this photo from a Canadian training facility showing
Highlanders in training for overseas deployment.
C6 Pte Phalke
Signaler Cpl Campbell
MCpl "Action" Jackson
C6 Cpl Valentine
Click to enlarge
photo at right.
Ian (Scottie) McQueen
||McQUEEN - Ian (Scottie) Wilson
January 13, 1916 – November 24, 2007
Ian (Scottie) Wilson McQueen of Calgary, passed away on Saturday,
November 24, 2007 at the age of 91 years.
Ian was born in Stonehaven, Scotland and immigrated to
Canada in 1920 with his father John, his mother Mary and his brothers Ray
and Herb. The family eventually settled in Calgary. Ian married the love of
his life, Beatrice Williams, on June 25, 1940 in Calgary and they had two
sons Richard and Ralph. Ian started work at thirteen years of age, working
at the Alberta Box Factory for ten years, until he took a welding course. He
worked as a welder for West Steel and Demers and Chisholm until his
retirement. Ian joined the Calgary Highlanders at twenty-nine years of
age and went overseas, where he was a member of the forces that liberated
Holland. Ian held a number of interests which included a love of fishing
and duck hunting when young. He loved reading and was a very talented cook,
silversmith and wood carver. Ian was an avid sports fan who loved the
Calgary Flames. Ian and Beatrice were also long time Stampeder football
season ticket holders. Ian was a long term member of the Royal Canadian
Legion, Branch No. 1.and also played the snare drum in the Calgary
Highlanders pipe band. Ian was a devoted family man with an easy
smile who was proud to return to Doetinchem, Holland, in May 1995, as part
of their tribute to the Canadian soldiers who joined in the city’s
Ian is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ralph and
Linda McQueen and Richard McQueen (Sandra); three grandchildren Corey
(Patty), Donna (Randy) and Todd all of Calgary; great-grandchildren Caitlynn,
Breanne and Jason. Ian is also survived by his ten other
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers and sisters-in-law
Donald (Max) and Doreen McQueen, Jimmy and Linda McQueen, Wilson (Wick)
McQueen and by numerous nephews and nieces. Ian was predeceased by his first
wife Beatrice (mother of Ralph and Richard), Virginia, Katherine; brothers
George, Raymond, Freddie, Herb, Douglas, Dennis, Angus, Billie and Allister;
and by his sisters May and Louise.
Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S,
Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.)on Friday, November 30, 2007 at
Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity
of the donor’s choice. The family would like to thank everyone at the
Brentwood Care Centre for their excellent care and attention towards Ian.
In living memory of Ian McQueen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek
Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel,
5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.
The Calgary Highlanders
observed Remembrance Day 2007 in traditional fashion, with detachments
sent to various locales and services around the city of Calgary. On 9
November 2007, Corporal Josh Morris, a veteran of Afghanistan,
attended a ceremony at Bishop Carroll High School with Linda Loree,
mother of Corporal Nathan Hornburg of the King's Own Calgary Regiment
who was killed in action in September.
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Vernon, CD
Lieutenant Colonel Mike
Vernon, CD assumed command of The Calgary Highlanders on 13 October 2007, in
a combined Change of Command parade that also recognized the anniversary of
the Battle of Walcheren Causeway. Photos will be added to the site shortly.
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Vernon, CD, marches his
Regiment past at the Change of Command parade.
Member of the Order of Military Merit
Chief Warrant Officer
Kent Griffiths, MMM, CD
Congratulations to Chief
Warrant Officer Kent Griffiths for his admission to the Order of Military
Merit in the rank of Member; a rare distinction achieved by few Calgary
Highlanders. The presentation was made to CWO Griffiths (currently serving
as Reserve Army Sergeant Major, and formerly as Brigade RSM of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, the formation headquarters to
whom The Calgary Highlanders report to) on 9 November 2007, with membership
backdated to 21 September 2006.
Brigadier General Gary
O'Brien, MSC, CD, the highest ranking commissioned officer in the
Reserves, was also a Calgary Highlander earlier in his career.
Brigadier General O'Brien visited the Regiment on Remembrance Day
Warrant Officer Michael Smith, MSM, CD
2 Oct 2007 Rideau Hall,
Ottawa Ontario, Canada Military Valour and Meritorious Service medal
presentations. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean,
Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada presents Meritorious
Service Medal (Military Division) (MSM) to Warrant Officer Michael
Bradley Smith. From May to November 2006, Warrant Officer Smith served
as the senior tactics and weapons maintenance instructor for the
Armoured Vehicle General Purpose and Machine Gun course, two critical
components of operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His outstanding
leadership and technical expertise contributed to a significant
improvement in the operational effectiveness of UN patrols conducted
in some of the world’s most unforgiving environmental conditions. In a
diverse and complex mission, Warrant Officer Smith’s dogged
determination, technical expertise and strength of character enhanced
the operational effectiveness of over 200 African Union soldiers. The
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military
deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according
to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian
Forces. Photo by Cpl Bern LeBlanc
Madeleine Jeanne Peters - newest member of the
Corporal Jason Peters, training
in Wainwright, sends the following:
Nicole and I are honoured
to announce the birth of our daughter, Madeleine Jeanne Peters. Madeleine
was born Friday, 28 September 2007 at 9:52 AM MST. Her birth weight was 7lbs
12oz and she was 21 1/4in long. I was in Wainwright at the time and wasn't
able to haul ass home in time to make the birth. Shame on me. Good on Nic.
At the moment she has brown hair and blue/grey eyes (I'm told this may
change). Mother and daughter are both home and comfortable.
All photos are thumbnailed;
click to enlarge.
Corporal Nathan Hornburg, King's Own Calgary
A military funeral will be
held for Corporal Nathan Hornburg, the first soldier of the KOCR to be
killed on active service since the end of the Second World War. The service
will commence at the Round-Up Centre at Stampede Park at 13:00hrs (1:00pm)
on Thursday, 4 October 2007. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Exercise Photos circa 1982-83
An anonymous benefactor has
submitted these photos via email. Any details that can be supplied to the
webmaster would be appreciated. A cursory glance shows a future RSS Warrant
Officer, a future 41 Brigade RSM, and a future sergeant who would retire in
Update: Lieutenant Colonel
Spaan has written to advise the photos are of Exercise BIGHORN conducted
17-19 Dec 1982. A younger Lieutenant Spaan can be seen in the right hand
photo at the right of the picture, confirming the flight manifest as part of
his duties as Unit Logistics/Transport Officer. Inside the Hercules can be
seen Master Corporal Nixon (with mustache).
Further Update: WO Downey's
brother has advised of the dates of Exercise BIGHORN and provides the
The 3 photos of the aircraft are
from an exercise 17-19 Dec. 1982 (note the parkas) where the regiment
visited a National Guard unit (I believe it is the 3rd
Battalion 297th Infantry (Scout)) at Fort Richardson, near
Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska National Guard unit then visited the
Calgary Highlanders in May 1983 on an exercise in Wainwright. The
regiment boarded the aircraft on Friday afternoon at Calgary
International Airport and returned Sunday afternoon. The photo of the
aircraft on the ground with the truck behind it is on the Tarmac at
Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.
Also, I believe that the
individual with the beard in the interior photo is MCpl Ed May. The face
at the bottom right of this photo is MCpl Ed Capulong. Then Calgary
Highlander MCpl (later PPCLI RSS WO) Darcy Wanvig is seated just beyond
All photos are thumbnailed;
click to enlarge.
Inside a CC-130
Boarding the aircraft.
Corporal Nathan Hornburg, King's Own Calgary
The Regiment passes its
condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Corporal Nathan
Hornburg of Nanton, Alberta. According to a CTV news report, the 24
year old reservist was killed on 24 September 2007 by enemy fire
during a mortar attack after he dismounted to repair the track on a
Leopard tank. Broken tracks are "something that we see on a regular
basis, unfortunately" said the commander of Canadian forces in
Afghanistan, Brigadier General Guy Laroche. Three other soldiers were
wounded in an ensuing firefight.
Corporal Hornburg was
taking part in Operation SADIQ SARBAAAZ (Honest Soldier) in the
Panjwaii district, in conjunction with Afghan National Security
forces, in terrain familiar to the Canadians who saw action there in
the fall of 2006 during Operation MEDUSA.
Master Warrant Officer (retired) Heinz Winkel, CD
The Regiment is sad to note the passing of
retired Master Warrant Officer Heinz Winkel, who enjoyed a
distinguished career in the Canadian Forces as both a regular and a
reserve soldier. Master Warrant Officer Winkel maintained an ongoing
presence at Regimental functions since his retirement, and passed away
on September 11th, 2007.
A viewing will be held
at Leydens Funeral
Home on Thursday, 13 September 2007 from 1900 to 2100hrs. The
Address of Leydens Funeral Home is 304-18 Ave SW.
A Memorial Service
will be held at Mewata Armoury, on the Main Floor, on Sunday, 16
September 2007. The Service begins at 1400 hrs. All members of the
Regimental Family are welcome to attend.
WINKEL _ Heinz
Ernst May 20, 1923 - September 11, 2007 Heinz Ernst Winkel of Calgary passed
away at home with his loving family by his side. Heinz was born and raised
in the town of Wittstock/Dosse, Germany. He leaves to mourn, his wife
Shirley of forty years; his seven daughters and their families, Karin
(Lloyd), Birgit (Alan), Edda (Ernie), Adrianne (Mike), Donna, Rebecca,
Heather (Chris); fifteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He had
numerous nieces and nephews here in Canada and Germany. Good friends and
people he took under his wing. He is predeceased by his parents Ernst and
Marie Winkel, his brothers Erich, Horst and Hartmut, also his first wife
Thea. He is survived by his sister Anne-Marie who resides in Germany. Heinz
was well known for his dedication to the military serving for the German
army in 1939 beginning at the age of sixteen. After the war, he joined the
French Foreign Legion. Upon moving to Canada with his family in 1956,
holding various odd jobs, he soon joined the Canadian Forces and served in
The Calgary Highlanders. He retired from the Militia as a Master Warrant
Officer in 1973. His other affiliations include the Royal Canadian Legion,
the Masonic Society, Al Azhar Shrine units: Oriental band and Legion of
Honour. He was also a volunteer for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. His
passions were cooking traditional German dishes for all his girls. His
hobbies included painting and photography. Heinz had a dry sense of humour
and entertained his army friends at the Sergeant's mess reminiscing of days
and campaigns that shaped their lives. A pipe smoker and cigar aficionado,
he took pride in working for Cavendish & Moore's sharing his knowledge and
stories with customers. Many tourists would stop by to re-visit the shop for
his colourful renditions of Calgary. A Military Service will be held to
honour Heinz Winkel, Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mewata
Armouries (801 - 11 Street S.W.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made
in Heinz's name to the Canadian Cancer Society (No. 200, 2424 - 4 Street
S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2S 2T4), the Calgary Highlanders and the Shriners
Hospitals for Children (1529 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1A6).
Condolences may be forwarded by visiting
www.leydens.com . Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME,
RECEPTION and CREMATION CENTRE, 17 Avenue S.W. and 2 Street. Telephone:
Congratulations to the following personnel on
attaining the rank indicated over the summer:
Master Warrant Officer Martin Woods
Warrant Officer Paul Holland
Meritorious Service Medal
A Calgary Highlander has been awarded the
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). This medal, granted in recognition of
distinguished service, had been awarded throughout the Canadian Forces fewer
than 200 times in the last five years.
Warrant Officer Michael
Bradley Smith, M.S.M., C.D.
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)
From May 4 to November 2006,
Warrant Officer Smith served as the senior tactics and weapons maintenance
instructor for the Armoured Vehicle General Purpose and Machine Gun course,
two critical components of operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His
outstanding leadership and technical expertise contributed to a significant
improvement in the operational effectiveness of UN patrols conducted in some
of the world’s most unforgiving environmental conditions. In a diverse and
complex mission, Warrant Officer Smith’s dogged determination, technical
expertise and strength of character enhanced the operational effectiveness
of over 200 African Union soldiers.
Warrant Officer Michael Smith, MSM, CD with the
Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.
Photo courtesy Prime Minister's Office
Corporal Steve Mulrain sends some photos of
Calgary Highlanders in training for Task Force 1-08, preparing for
deployment to Afghanistan. Click to enlarge.
Final Parade - Training Year 2006-2007 - 30 May
The final parade of the training year was held
on Wednesday, 30 May 2007. In addition to the usual messages of thanks from
the CO and RSM, on behalf of all the officers, warrant officers, and NCOs, a
number of presentations were made:
2nd Clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration:
Master Warrant Officer Bob Besse
Thirty-two years of service in the Canadian
Forces were recognized by the award of a second clasp to the CD to Company
Sergeant Major Bob Besse.
Clasp to the Canadian
Forces Decoration: Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk
Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk was presented a
clasp to his CD representing 22 years of service.
Clan of the Gallant
Several admissions were made to the Clan of the
Master Corporal Kenny (Clansman)
Renee Griffiths (Henchman)
Margaret Stewart (Henchman)
This year's scholarship went to
Private A.J. Henwood of the Regimental Pipes and Drums.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: The Military
Museums May 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited The
Military Museums and had the chance to talk to several Calgary Highlanders
about the upcoming deployments to Afghanistan; he also toasted the Regiment
with their own motto - Airaghardt (Gaelic for "Onward", the motto of both
the City of Calgary and the Regiment). One of the Prime Minister's functions
in Calgary was at The Military Museums (formerly the Museum of the
Regiments). Harper's father was an avid Canadian militaria collector, and
had published a book on First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force cap
Prime Minister Harper at centre, with
Calgary Highlanders. From left CSM Kelly, Cpl Toussaint, WO Woods, Capt
McLean, Capt Boyle,
HCol Gibson, PM Harper, LCol (ret) Moffat, Lt Collier, former HCol Mannix, Capt Cox, WO
Smith, 2Lt Leek. PMO Photo, click to enlarge.
The Calgary Highlanders will
send 64 members to Afghanistan next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
announced in Calgary on Friday. Harper, speaking at the Roundup Centre, also
revealed the Military Museums Society will receive a $5-million federal
boost for its expansion. "For months they have given up family and leisure
time for training," Harper said of the Highlanders, the reserve infantry
regiment of 41 Canadian Brigade Group. "Now they're ready to serve Canada
for six months in this very dangerous part of the world."
The Highlanders weren't
letting news Friday of another Canadian military death in Afghanistan sway
their resolve. The deployment will be one of the largest for the Highlanders
since the mission began. In a little more than eight months the group of
volunteers will drop their full-time lives in Calgary because of a part-time
passion. Emmett Kelly, a project manager overseeing Calgary condo
construction, is one of them. "I've been given the opportunity now with
Afghanistan," said the 42-year-old after the event. "After 26 years (as a
reservist), I think I'd have to kick myself in the ass if I didn't do it." A
master warrant officer, Kelly will be trading his office job in Calgary for
battle fatigues in Kabul, from where he'll co-ordinate operations for about
His wife and three children
have been prepared for his six-month deployment, but that isn't making it
easier for all of them. "The son's said nothing," he said of his 14-year-old
boy. Kelly will be following 27 fellow Highlanders who returned from
Afghanistan last year. The biggest thing he learned from them was simple:
never let down your guard.
"You have to be sharp, you
have to be ready," he said. "You have to be a sponge for six months."
Afghanistan was the main
focus of last night's speech, with Harper repeating his message that Canada
will commit as long as is necessary. His remarks came on the heels of his
visit to Afghanistan earlier this week, where he opened the door to Canadian
troops remaining there past the February 2009 deadline, saying Canada
shouldn't obey "arbitrary deadlines." His speech Friday came hours after the
latest Canadian casualty from the war.
"The mission there has been
long, hard and difficult, as the tragic death earlier today of Cpl. Matthew
J. McCully reminds us," he told a crowd of about 500. The same message was
also repeated across the country, where Canada's top soldier spoke to a
Toronto business audience. "It's always tough when we lose a soldier," Chief
of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier said. "There's no way you ever get used
to it, no way you ever want to get used to it. "(But) we're making
incredibly good progress. . . . We can't reduce the risk of attacks to zero
as we saw again last night," he added later.
Harper said the contribution
to the Military Museums would ensure soldiers' stories are well-told in new
facilities expected to open in November. The new museum will include two new
galleries devoted to the Navy and the Air Force, as well as 20,000 square
feet of space to house one of the largest military history libraries in
Pre-Deployment Training May 2007
A collection of photos courtesy of Private Anji
Clark of Calgary Highlanders training for Afghanistan -
The Glorious Memory of the 22nd of April
Due to overwhelming operational commitments,
this year's wreath laying at City Hall to commemorate the anniversary of the
Battle of Kitcheners' Wood, fought on 22 April 1915, was done by a small but
distinguished band. Alderman Ric McIver was present to represent the City
of Calgary, along with his wife, and along with the Commanding Officer,
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manley, CD, laid a wreath in remembrance of the
Regiment's first full scale combat action in the First World War. The 10th
Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association was represented by three attendees
and also provided piper Ken Rogers. The Association's wreath was laid by
Floyd Rourke, DCM. Also representing the Regiment was the Regimental
Sergeant Major and two corporals tasked as drivers.
Alderman Ric McIver and the
Commanding Officer during the laying of the wreath at City Hall.
Behind them are Mrs. McIver, Regimental Association members Wayne Stretch,
Darrel Knight and Floyd Rourke, DCM.
Regimental Sergeant Major Flint Walters, CD, looks on.
At left, Floyd Rourke, DCM, and above,
Corporal Haywood during the brief ceremony at City Hall. Below, piper
Ken Rogers, and the plaque on the old City Hall building, first
erected after the First World War and later amended to honour the
sacrifice of the Regiment in the Second World War.
90th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was commemorated across
Canada and in France on 9 April 2007. In addition to services in Yellowknife
and Calgary, soldiers of the Regiment participated in a large service at the
Vimy Memorial. Pictured below are Corporals Bailey and Wanvig during the
service in France. Combat Camera photo.
St. Julien's Plans
This year's St. Julien's cermonies will be
subdued due to the fact that 65 Calgary Highlanders are in pre-deployment
training for the mission in Afghanistan. A reunion is planned for January
2008 (when the Highlanders get block leave); this year's 10th Battalion
Calgary Highlanders Association reunion dinner is therefore cancelled.
Scheduled events instead are:
Wreath laying: City Hall, 1000 hrs,
Sunday 22 April 2007
- this will consist of a regimental delegation of the CO, RSM, and
President of the Association.
Regimental Parade: Mewata Armouries, 2030hrs,
Wednesday 25 April 2007
- this will be a very modest service of rememberance conducted by all
members of the Regiment as well as the Pipes and Drums. Members of the
Regimental Association are invited to join the regiment on parade.
Officers' Mess Dinner:
Friday 27 April 2007
- by invitation only.
The Regiment apologizes for the lateness of this
Sergeant Major Kozicky
The Regiment passes its deepest conolences on to
the family, friends and comrades of Helen C. Kozicky, who passed away 24
March 2007 at the age of 91. Helen Kozicky had been
one of the first female soldiers to serve as a
Calgary Highlander rather than as a member of the Canadian Women's Army
Corps. She retired from the military as a Warrant Officer.
In March 1989,
the pipe tune "Sergeant Major Kozicky" was composed by Pipe Major R.W.
Henderson and named in her honour.
KOZICKY _ Helen C. Miss Helen C.
Kozicky of Calgary passed away at the Carewest Colonel Belcher Care Centre
on March 24, 2007 at the age of 91 years. She is survived by one sister
Nettie Mooth, a sister-in-law Ollie Kozicky, both of Calgary and a
brother-in-law Paul Niedzwicki of Balzac; one niece, numerous nephews and
several other relatives. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayer
Services at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church
(704 - 6 Street N.E.) on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Divine
Liturgy will be served at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian
Catholic Church on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Serhiy
Harahuc officiating. Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME,
RECEPTION and CREMATION CENTRE (17 Avenue and 2 Street S.W.). Telephone:
On the occasion of the Presentation of Queen's Colour by the
Colonel-in-Chief, Helen Kozicky presents Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a
petit point of the regimental cap badge, McMahon Stadium, 30 June 1990.
Lieutenant Colonel Allan Maitland looks on.
The Calgary Highlanders
commemorated the birth of the Regiment on 1 April 1910 in the traditional
style; this year's parade was more formal than in years past. Parading in
full dress with Regimental Colours, 62 of the more than 100 soldiers on
parade were marking their final unit function before departing for work-up
training for overseas deployment to Afghanistan. Brigade Commander Colonel
Art Wriedt was the inspecting officer.
In anticipation of a
much smaller regiment come St. Julien's weekend, annual award of
trophies was made on this occasion
instead, as well as the traditional birthday honours list of
inductions into the Clan of the Gallant
Photos and information to
be published as it becomes available.
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manley, CD, at the
head of his Regiment.
The Regimental Pipes and Drums, under
Drum Major James Stewart and Pipe Major Mike Giles.
Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Gaudet
- one of the Regiment's Regular Support Staff - paraded in his Air
Force blue. Master Corporal Alexandra Lange, behind him, was awarded
the Canadian Forces Decoration for 12 years' long service and good
conduct. Her medals recognize service in Afghanistan.
With PPCLI on the Ranges
Sergeant Paul Holland and Master
Corporal Dino Avelino check in from the the LAV III gunner/crew commander
course and send in the following photos from the range exercise. Both NCOs
are tasked out with 1 PPCLI. Click the pictures to enlarge.
Robbie Burns Night - 19 January 2007
Sergeant Chris Tucker Reports:
I would like to start off by thanking everyone who attended the WO &
Sgt Mess Robbie Burns dinner this year. Your attendance made the event
a resounding success. We feel, due to the number of positive comments,
a good time was had by all. A special thanks goes out to all the
members and associate members of the regiment who sold tickets and/or
bought tables. It always brings a tear to my eye when an event drinks
an establishment dry of beverages but I also see an area of
improvement. Next year we will not run out of beverages. Another issue
was the surprisingly large number of people trying to purchase tickets
in the last week before the event. Unfortunately, we were unable to
accommodate everyone looking for tickets due to the demand. Hopefully
this will encourage people to purchase their tickets well in advance
when the tickets go on sale in September of next year.
Praise and accolades go out to firstly Sergeant
Ian MacDonald for his Address to the Haggis. It was delivered in brilliant
form true to the style it was written in. Thank you, Ian. Next of course is
the planning committee made up of Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk and Master
Warrant Officer Emmett Kelly who helped me get pointed in the right
direction. If you noticed the beautiful printing job on the tickets, menus,
posters, etc. you were not alone. All was designed and printed by Deanna
Schmidt who did a wonderful job and added a touch of class to the planning.
Last, Warrant Officer Dave Turnbull, thanks to your dedication in managing
the ticket sales this year. Placing all the ticket sales centrally and
having one point of contact was a new concept that worked quite well and
will be repeated next year. Without his help the event would never have