The Regimental Foundation
extends a warm invitation to members, family and friends of
The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
(Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), Ottawa’s Regiment
to join us for our Regiment’s Family Day, Canada 150 celebration and recruiting event.
Saturday July 1st
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cartier Square Drill Hall
2 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa ON
The Pipes and Drums will be playing throughout the day and our usual haggis, BBQ, cold drinks and treats will be available.
On December 2, 2015 the Pipes and Drums presented a concert at St Giles Presbyterian Church (the Regimental Church) to assist the congregation in raising food and funds for the Centre Town Emergency Food Centre.
The concert has become an annual event and participation this year was excellent.
Following is a letter received from the Centre Town Emergency Food Centre.
On December 19th, former Private Alfred Brooks was presented his Legion of Honour medal by LCol. Martial De Reviers, French Liaison Officer at the community hall in Severn Bridge ON. Alf was accompanied by his extended family and his many friends. From the Regiment, LCol Robert Patchett, CO; RSM, MWO Mike Lever, Cpl Chuck Drezin and Pte Zach Dwyer, piper, were in attendance. Representing the Regimental Association, President Jeff Hill. Jeff nominated Alf and orchestrated the event, coordinating with granddaughter Maria to make the presentation of the medal a special moment for Alf and family. Alf and his ‘harem’ have attended the Association Annual Reunion Dinner in Ottawa consistently over the past years. CTV link: http://ow.ly/W7Qxh
LCol. Martial De Reviers presenting the medal.
Seated, left to right: Ass’n president, Jeff Hill, LCol De Reviers and Alf Brooks.
Standing, left to right: Cpl Drezin, LCol Patchett, RSM Lever and Cpl Dwyer
2015 Mayor’s Award for Community Service to Sgt R.A. (Rhean) Ongcangco (centre), presented by Councillor Allan Hubley (left), and Association President Jeff Hill (right)
The 70th Annual Reunion Weekend was a great success with over 40 attending the Wine and Cheese on Friday night and 172 diners on Saturday night for the main event.
This year’s Mayor’s Award for Community Service was won by a very deserving Sgt R.A. (Rhean) Ongcangco. The award was presented by Councillor Allan Hubley.
The food and comradeship were outstanding as was the music of the Pipes and Drums, especially considering that they were headed to Bermuda early Sunday morning!
Of special note, we had several guests who gathered to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Passchendaele Platoon, Summer Recruit Training Program (SRTP), 1980:
- Doug Brown
- Chris CJ Wallace
- Suzanne Fournier (now Kavanagh)
- Sue-Ann Chandler (now Galenzoski)
- Jeff Redsell
- Denis Davidson
- Vic Weatherall
Chris won the “Distant Diner” award with Doug a close second, both coming from Alberta.
A special thank you to Gwyn Nicholson who honchoed the Wine and Cheese and Cpl. Brian Kells who performed admirably as our dinner MC.
We look forward to a great weekend next year!
(Vice-President and 70th Annual Reunion Weekend Coordinator)
At the Commanding Officer’s parade held October 15th, Bells Corners Branch 593 of the Royal Canadian Legion presented the Foundation with $5000.00 towards the purchase of ceremonial uniforms. Br 593 have supported the Regiment for many years and have become the ‘mess’ for B Coy of the Regiment which is located in Bells Corners. The branch has also served as the location for several BBQs sponsored by the Regimental Association for the troops.
Legion Br593 Bells Corners present cheque for $5000 for ceremonial kit
L-R Ben Loiselle, Shawn Taillon, Doug Palmer(Foundation Pres), Freg Quigg (Br President), Ron Henderson, Rick Lemieux
To acknowledge the branch’s association, the Regiment presented it with a Cameron camp flag to fly outside the branch.
Commanding Officer presents camp flag to Br 593 to reflect association between branch Regiment
L-R Shawn Taillon, Ron Henderson, LCol Robert Patchett, Fred Quigg (Br President) Rick Lemieux, Ben Loiselle, RSM Mike Lever
During the Commanding Officer’s parade held Thursday, October 15th the Foundation Bursaries were awarded. Presentations were made by Col (ret’d) Neil Thompson, OMM CD
RSM Mike Lever, LCol Robert Patchett, Cpl Carinne Charbonneau, Col Neil Thompson
Presentation of Col Don and Mrs Dorothy Thomplson Bursary
RSM Mike Lever, LCol Robert Patchett, Pte Said Yousuf, Col Neil Thompson
Presentation of 13Pl Bursary
This event brings together the extended Cameron Family (all ranks, serving and retired and their families) with volunteers and members of the public to enjoy food and drink and performances of the regiment’s Pipes and Drums Band – to raise money in support of the Regiment’s family.
This year, all proceeds will go our foundation’s Ceremonial Dress Project – to equip The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) 150-person guard, the 40-person band and the colour party to participate in full ceremonial uniforms at major events planned for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
The BBQ usually runs from 11:00 to 17:00 depending on how well the weather, crowd and supplies are holding up. Our Pipes and Drums will team up again with the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band to provide several performances throughout the day.
At the Commanding Officer’s Parade with Alpha and Bravo Companies, the Regimental Colours and the Pipes and Drums on parade, the Foundation publicly recognized four donors. Their contributions to the Regimental Family over time have allowed us to publish the regimental history ‘Capital Soldiers’ and to fund the purchase of ceremonial uniforms which will permit the Regiment to parade a 100 person guard in full highland dress.
Each donor was presented with an autographed copy of ‘The Machine Gunner’ by Alex Colville. Mr. Colville is an internationally renowned painter who served as a war artist during WWII. This painting is one of the few in which the subject’s regiment is recognizable; in this case he is a member of the Camerons. Prior to his death, Mr Colville signed 24 copies of this work with the proviso that the Foundation use them to recognize support to the Regimental Family.
From Left to Right: Cpl M Forfar, HCol Paul Hindo, LCol (Ret’d) Tim and Mrs Edith Dear, Chris and Linda Murphy, CWO (Ret’d) Gwyn Nicholson, Pte P Cholette.
Foundation President, Maj (Ret’d) Doug Palmer and the Regiment’s Honourary Colonel Paul Hindo who accepted to copy on behalf of Morguard Investments.
Chris and Linda Murphy.
LCol (Ret’d) Tim and Mrs Edith Dear
Foundation Vice-president, Capt (Ret’d) Gerry McCauley presents a print to CWO (Ret’d) Gwyn Nicholson
The Cameron Regimental Family lost another major figure in former Honorary Colonel Justice John (Jack) Urie on Sunday, February 22, 2015. We Camerons knew him as “Jake.” His remarkable life and times and his relationship with his wife Dorothy are showcased in Obituary: Couples’ 68-year love story ends three days apart by Blair Crawford of the Ottawa Citizen.
In the following photograph, former Honorary Colonel Justice Jake Urie is being presented his Legion of Honour medal by Colonel Guillaume Bourdeloux, French Liaison Officer, at his residence on February 2, 2015. He is flanked by Dorothy.
Col Bourdeloux about to present the Legion of Honour to former Honorary Colonel Justice Jake Urie (flanked by his wife Dorothy)