Port inspection divers gathering at Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER 18 / Un rassemblement de plongeurs d’inspection portuaire à l’Exercice ARDENT DEFENDER 18

Eleven Port Inspection Divers from various Naval Reserve Divisions from across Canada recently participated in Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER who was held from Oct 1st to Oct 19th 2018, at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre, Meaford ON. This is a joint, multinational and inter-agency annual exercise hosted by the Canadian Armed Forces which tests joint Counter Explosive Threat capabilities. Reservist divers were involved in conducting underwater searches, inspections and surveys to detect explosive devices. They worked jointly with Clearance Divers from the Experimental Diving Unit Group in Toronto. Although it…

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In search of our hero / À la recherche de notre héros

Monica and Ron Badger   We want to say a big thank you to Corporal Patrick (?) of CFB Borden. Unfortunately, we can’t remember his last name. On October 28, my husband, Ron Badger and I were returning home from visiting a friend in Orillia. My husband was ill with the flu so I was driving. We were almost through Angus, ON when my husband asked me to pull over because he was feeling that he might be sick. Ron climbed over the guardrail as I looked in the rear-view…

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Support your local community this season / Appuyez votre collectivité cette saison

The Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) campaign officially kicked off on Oct 19, 2018 and will run until Dec 21, 2018. The goal for the 2018 campaign is to canvass 100 per cent of CFB Borden personnel during the three-week campaign blitz as well as challenging unit representatives canvassing for the GCWCC to create fundraising initiatives within their individual units in order to maximize donations. To date, around 10 per cent of CFB Borden personnel have been canvassed, with a total of $12,476…

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Make a difference this season / Faites une bonne action cette saison

During the month of November to commemorate Remembrance Day, Canadian Blood Services encourages Canadians to donate blood in honour of the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are some of the most generous blood donors. In 2006, the Department of National Defence became Canadian Blood Services’ first national Partner for Life organization. Since then, they have provided more than 40,000 blood donations to Canada’s national blood supply. In 2018, Department of National Defence is aiming to contribute at least 500 new donors…

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Second World War Veteran Reflects on War Amps 100 Years of “Amputees Helping Amputees” / Un vétéran de la Seconde Guerre mondiale se remémore les 100 ans de « Les amputés s’entraident » des Amputés de guerre

On November 11, Second World War veteran Charlie Jefferson will not only be thinking of all those who have served and continue to serve on behalf of Canada, he will also be reflecting on the 100th anniversary of The War Amps, an organization which has supported him and generations of amputees. In March 1945, Jefferson was serving as a Lieutenant with the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment in the Rhine Valley, Germany. He was injured by an anti-personnel mine explosion, resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee.…

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A minute of silence to unite us and help us move beyond our differences / Une minute de silence pour nous unir au-delà de toutes nos différences

When we look a bit more closely at the list of 118,000 Canadian soldiers who have died in service during armed conflicts, humanitarian operations and peacekeeping operations since the start of the First World War, we see how incredibly diverse these people were. Whether Anglophone, Francophone or allophone, they all answered the same call to serve their country. Different yet united, they came from coast to coast, east to west and north to south. Some of them were First Nations. Some of them were born in the country. Some of…

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Looking for Lifeguards & Swim Instructors / À la recherche de sauveteurs et d’instructeurs de natation

Base Borden Aquatics is searching for a number of swimmers who want to become lifeguards and instructors. A lifeguard ensures the safety of all visitors through accident prevention, public education and rescue response. Becoming a lifeguard at the Buell Aquatic and Fitness Centre will enable you to become instrumental in helping to maintain a strong community at CFB Borden. “We’re looking for people to embark on this training, and to reinvest back into our programs to help future development of the community,” said Lorraine Murphy, Aquatic Coordinator at the Buell…

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Poppy Funds: every dollar counts / Fonds du coquelicot : Chaque dollar compte

We see Poppies everywhere prior to Remembrance Day; on the lapels of soldiers uniforms and other articles of clothing that prominently display the support of all soldiers past and present that sacrifice their lives in the name of freedom. When you drop your change into the poppy boxes, ubiquitously distributed throughout communities at this time of year, do you know where your money goes? Your contributions directly support Canada’s Veterans and their families, while ensuring Canada never forgets. Use of Poppy Trust Funds – (sourced from Royal Canadian legion website).…

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100 years of remembrance / Un souvenir vieux de 100 ans

This Sunday, November 11, 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. One hundred days prior to the signing of the Armistice marking the end of the War, Allied Forces launched a major offensive near the town of Amiens, France. During these three months Canadian Corps saw a series of victories, which fortified Canada’s reputation as elite soldiers instrumental in ending the War. During the last three months, Canadian troops advanced approximately 130 kilometers, taking roughly 32,000 German soldiers and seizing almost 3,800 of enemy…

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