Branch Events - 2010

Branch Luncheons and Guest Speakers in 2010:

  • January 6 - Lt (N) Amber Commiso, Sqn Cmdr, RMC
  • February 3 -Darren Cates, Athletic Director, RMC
  • March 3 - Dr. Joel Sokolsky, Principal, RMC
  • April 7 - Dr Daniel Lagace-Roy
  • April 28 - Spring Formal Dinner
  • May 5 - AGM luncheon and: Lt Cdr Susan Long-Poucher - HMCS Cataraqui
  • June2 - Capt(N) Jollymore, CDA - Programs of the Defence Academy
  • July 7 - Lt Col Scott Clancy, CO of 1 Wing (helicopters) on the relief work in Haiti this year
  • July 21 - Summer Dinner Cruise -
  • August 4 - LCol Susan Wigg, Director of Cadets
  • August 11 - Summer Banyan
  • September 1 - Major Julia Atherley, RMC Engineering Officer- present/future projects at the College
  • October 6 - Lt Col Ian Hope on activities of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan
  • October 20 - Fall Formal Dinner - Guest Speaker - Commodore W. Truelove
  • November 3 - A Remembrance Day presentation with a focus on Afghanistan- Danny McLeod
  • December 1  - Col DB Cochrane, CO 8 Wing, Trenton

5780 Col. Bernard Laliberte Receives Honourary Degree  at Fall Convocation

Photo and Story - See eVeritas at:

Santa Visits RMC Early!        

The RMC band and choir held their annual Christmas concert at RMC in the cadet mess on November 19th. Nearly 400 guest were delighted by an outstanding musical performance. Branch member, Don Currie can be seen in the photo below

                        Great Band and Choir!                          MWO Huppe helps Santa find a Kid


.........................................and look who is on Santa's Knee! .....said his name was Billy!


December Branch Luncheon

Another record turnout, this month to hear Col. Dave Cochrane, Commander of 8 Wing at Trenton, give us an update on activities and plans surrounding Canada's action hub airbase. Col Cochrane was accompanied by his EA, Capt. Greg Surek, both are ex-cadets. Interestingly, 3 of dave's former professors, branch members, were in the audience.

Andrew Robb Introduced and thanked Col Cochrane

Prior to the presentation by Col Cochrane, Ed Murray presented the first of the video archive interviews of senior branch members to RMC museum curator, Ross Mckenzie.


At The Memorial Arch


Cadets, RMC and base staff and families joined ex-cadets from the Branch in remembering the fallen on a lovely day, this November 11. Wreaths were laid by the Commandant, Cmdre WS Truelove on behalf of the College, and by the Branch President 4976 Reg Watts on behalf of the RMC Club of Canada. Many distinguished branch members attended, including Maj. Danny McLeod, and Old Brigade Adjutant Gerry Stowe.





Branch Luncheon - November



# H25917 Maj.(Ret) Danny McLeod was our guest speaker during this annual branch  Remembrance Luncheon. Danny spoke with great spirit and emotion on the true purpose of Remembrance day and related ceremonies; not to honour veterans, but to honour those fallen in defence of our country and its ideals. He made the point that it must be difficult for those who have never lived in fear to appreciate fully what the sacrifice of the fallen means, and how much of our daily enjoyment of life is due to them.

To illustrate his remarks, Danny used battle maps of both World War 1 and 2, indicating where Canadian troops, often led by RMC graduates, made extreme sacrifices in advancing the cause of freedom. He pointed out that the contribution to freedom made by Canadians is widely known and well demonstrated all over Europe. Maj. McLeod shared with the branch his extreme pride in the College because of the valour demonstrated then and in later years by ex-cadets. Branch Secretary Andrew Robb thanked Danny, and called for a moment of silence to honour of the fallen.

Also attending the Branch Luncheon were two Cadet squadron Leaders, 24862 Brendan Alexander and 24868 Steven Burrey.


The Branch Fall Formal  Fun - Slideshow below:





2010 Banyan

The Branch enjoyed a great meal, entertainment, good weather and camaraderie. Check out the photos by clicking on the one below:



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Well, words aren't going to describe this new event as well as a few photos of the frolicking Branch members and wives. The weather threatened early, but staunch hearts prevailed, and the evening cruise turned out to be sunny and beautiful. After a great island tour and fantastically funny entertainment, we returned to the Fort Henry area for the fireworks (both on the Fort Henry summit, and on the dance floor!) Docking at 2130 hrs, we all agreed it was a fabulous way to dine with friends on the river. Brenda Truelove stood in for Cmdr Truelove, and we also welcomed new members:

  • 6826 Don Hargest and his wife Linda

  • 15595 Billy Allan and his wife Katherine

  • 19798 Sean Carscadden, and Eleni

  • 23988 Gino Bruni and girlfriend Monique (RMC Masters)

The Executive thanks special event manager Charlene Fawcett for a great new event!


DCadets Change in Command Parade

Thanks to Tony, and Welcome to LCol Sue Wigg!

Copper Sunday Sunday 2 May 2010.

Cadets will parade to the following churches, after a Freedom of the City parade at Market Square1.

  • St George's Cathedral @ 10:30 hrs 2.

  • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church @ 1100 hrs 3.

  • Sydenham United Church @ 1030 hrs 4.

  • St. Mary's Cathedral @ 1115 hrs 5.

  • Saint-François d'Assise (French Parish) @ 1030 hrs 6.

  • Saint Mark's Anglican Church Barriefield @ 1000hrs 7.

  • Chalmers United Church @ 1030 hrs.

The colours will be paraded to St George's Cathedral.Dress is ex-Cadet blazer and tie with full-sized medals worn.Ex-cadets are encouraged to attend at one of churches above to mark the revival of this significant and historic event, and so assist in re-establishing a traditional connection with the City of Kingston.



John Stewart, Son and Grandson Graduating with Class of 2010!


Convocation and Graduation Photos: (Courtesy of eVeritas photo staff)

Convocation Day:

Sunset Ceremony

Graduation Parade


October Branch Luncheon Meeting


There was a great turnout to hear Lt Col Ian Hope explain to members of the branch how war-fighting in Afghanistan has become different than the training he and fellow soldiers received before the rotation. Lt Col Hope was the battle group commander during the worst of the 2006 fighting, and he explained the success of the methods they developed in the field; extraordinary use of intelligence, high mobility, living in their LAV's and intense coordination of forces with surprise. Logistic support was key, and timely air evac of wounded by US and Canadian air went a long way to maintain morale.


September Luncheon:

Major Julia Atherley, RMC Engineering Officer spoke to a larger than normal turnout on 1 September, about the present and future projects at the College. Considering the visible state of the College grounds, Julia's presentation was topical and timely. Using an aerial view of the grounds, Julia walked us through all the planned projects, most of which have not yet been funding-approved. many of the projects involve updating facilities because of wear and tear, or purpose change. Driving forces range from over-use of showers to inadequate seismic design. One striking feature is that some quarters had HVAV designs for winter occupancy, but now RMC quarters are full year-round. The corrections around the SSM will soon be completed and then a new patio will be installed. Of interest to members was that Base Maintenance is responsible for the condition of Fort Frederick and grounds, and that improvements there are difficult to accelerate.

Other Luncheon Notes:

  • A presentation of $2,500 from Kingston Branch funds to the Foundation was gratefully received by John Plant. The purpose of this donation was to assist in the funding of a professional video on the history and relevance of Currie Hall, starring our own Dr John Cowan! "Griff Griffith" Branch Treasurer, here presents the cheque to John. Individual donations will not be solicited until final sign-off by all authorities.       For more information: Click here

  • Good wishes to 23988 Gino Bruni, RMC 2008, (who attends branch functions regularly)  off to Oxford for his 2010 Rhodes scholarship. He is the 12th ex cadet to do so.

Gino congratulated by Bill Oliver

Branch August Luncheon

Lieutenant Colonel Susan Wigg shared lunch with the Kingston Branch on August 4th at the SSM following our usual bar call.   14510 LCol Wigg, RMC Class of 1984 then as our guest speaker, addressed the group and described the values and principles which she has found effective in her life and how they will be applied in directing the cadet body. LCol Wigg spoke briefly about the four pillars, but emphasized that she saw a fifth pillar that draws the others together, that of Balance.

LCol Wigg sees her position as being at the pinnacle of tough decision-making and her principal tool will be insistence on absolute truth in every facet of cadet life. She feels strongly that there can be no 'Duty' or 'Valour' without 'Truth'. Her concerns included the task of developing wisdom and a sense of responsibility for personal actions and decisions in young people well before they normally would. LCol Wigg will draw on the support of many relevant military groups in the area, but she responded positively to President Reg Watts commitment of Branch support.  Welcome aboard LCol Wigg!

LCol Sue Wigg addresses the Branch, including (centre)  her first roommate at RMC, 14444 Dorothy Hector


Branch July Luncheon

16656 LCol S.N. (Scott) Clancy, COS 1 Wing HQ kept the luncheon audience speechless as he described air operations not only in in Haiti, but some key aspects of the deployment of the Griffon helicopter in Afghanistan. At the completion of his speech, the applause died down but many members stayed for more, as Scott continued to elaborate on our men and machines. At points, there was scarcely a dry eye in the house as he described the plight of the poor on Haiti, what our operations meant to them, and the skill and courage of our forces. Conditions on the ground were deplorable, but our heavy lifters and rotary wing fleet kept up a brutal pace to get relief supplies where they were needed. Scott's obvious passion for his work, his men and the assignments was a great object lesson to a number of young officers present. Accolades continue to come in about the presentation, BZ, Scott!


Branch June Luncheon

Our guest speaker, Capt(N) Jollymore, Chief of Staff, Formation Operations Support and Management, Canadian Defence Academy, gave an enlightening view of the structure of CDA, its Mission, and how it operates with those elements of the Canadian Forces it serves. He described the evolution of CDA as well as the challenges it faced during its growth to over 200 persons. Questioning as usual was vigorous.



Branch - April 7,  Lunch

Dr Daniel Lagace-Roy addressed a larger-than-usual group of ex-cadets to hear him discuss the program on Ethics in Leadership which is currently being offered in 3rd or 4th year at RMC.

A former RC Chaplain, Daniel described the need to expose cadets to the different ways of evaluating difficult situations  to determine what might constitute ethical behaviour and expand their decision-making tools.

Questioning was vigorous, and our cadet guest was able to contribute to the discussion.



Branch - March 3,  Lunch

Dr Joel Sokolsky, principal of RMC, described the levels of academic achievement at the College, his span of control, and his goals. He spent some time on the succes of cadets in recent Model parliament, and Model UN competitions.

IV Squadron Cadet guests, both members of the Club; 24548 O.J.B Lauzon Garceau and
24558 Michael  Desaulniers-Guitard described their satisfaction with College life and their service activities.

Branch Heritage Project

"Kingston Branch President Reg Watts presents the results of a Branch Heritage project to Museum Director Ross McKenzie; the cataloguing and photographing of the Lt. D.W. Frederick (College # 1271) collection of College and War memorabilia. The collection of several hundred items is the first at RMC to be completely available digitally on a national database in both textual and graphic format for researchers. Branch volunteers spent over 6 man-weeks on the Frederick project which is now entering phase two, detailed analysis and scanning of several hundred military and personal documents which accompanied the collection.


Frederick was an award-winning track star at RMC and post-war was active in RMC Club life in Montreal and Hamilton. During WW1 he was a communications officer serving with the 268th Siege Battery in France, and later with the 129th Siege Battery with the army of occupation.
This is an example of several College heritage projects undertaken by the Kingston Branch Heritage Working Group." Photoshows of the memorabilia.

Photo and notes courtesy of eVeritas


The Branch Artwork Preservation Project #1 is booming along, get on board!

This is a good example of how NOT to display a work of art. Ross McKenzie thinks that Col Sawyer had the wall all to himself at one time.

The choice of location for the electrical panel is mind boggling.




  Ross McKenzie and Amanda Gray (Conservator) with unframed Sawyer painting.






Conservator Amanda Gray photographs the Sawyer portrait before removing it for restoration.

Branch members involved in the project are Andrew Robb and Gerry Stowe.







Project 1 Fundraising Target Accomplished! - Thanks Donors!




Featuring: Brass & Reeds / Pipes & Drums Highland Dancers / Choir/Stage Band
Saturday 20 March 2010, at 2:00 PM

At Kingston Gospel Temple, 2295 Princess St, Kingston (across from Rona)
All proceeds to the United Way



Kinsgton composer Oscar Telgmann’s light-hearted ‘military opera’, LEO, THE ROYAL CADET, continues Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Twenty-fifth Anniversary Season with a Preview performance onWednesday, February 17 at 8pm and official Opening Night performance onFriday, February 19, with subsequent performances on February 20 and 21 (2pm), 2010.  TOT is the undoubted Canadian leader in presenting the masterworks of the lyric theatre in all its variety and has, over 25 years, produced musical entertainment that includes comic operas, operettas, zarzuelas, opéra bouffe and Broadway musicals.

 TOT's Founder and General DirectorGuillermo Silva-Marin has chosen to highlight LEO, THE ROYAL CADET, a Canadian gem, for the second production in the Silver Jubilee Season.  “LEO is a total delight” said Silva-Marin, “and I can think of nothing more fitting in our twenty-fifth season than to feature Canada’s very first musical comedy”.  The cast will feature Cory O’Brien in the title role asLeo, a cadet at Kingston’s Royal Military College.  O’Brien was heard as Strephon in TOT’s IOLANTHE and is well-known from performances at Stratford in CABARET, MY FAIR LADY and the Mirvish production of LORD OF THE RINGS.  His sweetheart Nellie is soprano Kristen Galer in her TOT debut.  Ms. Galer has appeared at Stratford in SCARLET PIMPERNEL and was Rosie in LORD OF THE RINGS. Gabrielle Prata will beCaroline and Robert Longo – a TOT favorite from PATIENCE and EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING – takes the role of the Commandant. Jeffrey Huard, conductor of the Mirvish hit SOUND OF MUSIC will conduct the orchestra and Silva-Marin directs.
Performed for the first time at Martin’s Opera House in Kingston in 1889, composer Oscar Telgmann filled LEO with delightful tunes, spirited chorus numbers, a soulful ballad for the heroine and a stirring anthem extolling the attractions of pumpkin pie. In this light-hearted musical about love and war, Leo is recruited by Commandant Hewett of the Royal Military College to fight the Zulus in Natal, Africa. Sadly parted from his sweetheart Nellie, he yearns for home, is wounded in battle and returns safely to the loving arms of his beloved, honored by Queen and country with the Victoria Cross.

LEO racked up more than 1,700 performances for a span of over 30 years and was ‘received with great enthusiasm’ in Ottawa, Guelph, Woodstock, Stratford, Utica, and Toronto’s Massey Hall. Though ‘one of the most brilliant, spectacular and refined operas before the public’, LEO’s stage career was cut short by a devastating flood in 1925 that damaged the sets, costumes and orchestra parts beyond repair.  However, LEO lived on in memory and legend and after much research, Silva-Marin and TOT produced the first modern staging in 2001.  John Greer valiantly reconstructed the orchestral score, a ‘grand finale’ was introduced, while the book and lyrics were edited by dramaturge Virginia Reh and Silva-Marin. 



Branch May Luncheon and AGM

No photos today, but the May luncheon had a near-record turnout for an interesting digression from last year's format. The Branch was entertained by an interesting presentation following the monthly luncheon by Lt Cdr Susan Long-Poucher - CO of HMCS Cataraqui, who described the plan of activities for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy. Lt Cdr  Long-Poucher outlined the integrated plan for local, regional and national activities, and used a well-organize slide presentation which included photos of all of the warships which have been named after regional towns and cities, framed copies of which have, or will be presented in those communities. Cadet guests included 224466 O/C Brian Norwick and 24463 O/C Kim Marchand.

Following the presentation, the Branch convened for its mid-term Annual General Meeting. Click here for draft AGM Minutes.


Branch Spring Formal

It began badly with a traffic jam which put most members and guests behind schedule, but we regrouped and with the mess manager's cooperation, all went well. It was an exciting evening in which we tried to emulate Navy traditions as much as possible in honour of the 100th anniversary of the RCN which is coming up soon. An RMC piper brought us in to dinner and later played the "Lament" following the toast to Fallen Comrades by 2816 William Turner. Special guests included the Commandant and Brenda Truelove, the Hon. John Matheson, the Dutch consular officer, and the deputy CWC.

The guest speaker, Capt(N) Dermot Mulholland was accompanied by his wife, Peggy Sue. Capt. Mulholland is a highly experienced submariner and is currently Director of maritime Policy, Operations and Readiness at NDHQ. Members were captivated by his energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic speech about where the Canadian Navy has been, what it has accomplished with minimal resources, the challenges it faces and the likelihood of a completely reborn Navy ahead. He referred to the responsiveness of our fleet, and explained that the present and role of the Navy is global, and that future mission profiles are uncertain. This means that the "branding" of our Navy as responsive and flexible is an asset to be maintained and explored.  In concluding, Capt(N) Mulholland agreed that for young officers this is an exciting time to be aboard.

Past President Ed Murray spoke at length about the traditional Navy toasts, recent changes to achieve political correctness, and he then proposed the unmodified Wednesday toast of the day to "Ourselves."

Two Submariners

Two Submariners - Murray and Mulholland

Commandant Truelove & OB Adjutant Gerry Stowe

                                                      Capt(N) Mulholland & his wife Peggy Sue.................Reg


Branch - January, 2010 Lunch

Lt (N) Amber Comisso, 9 Sqn Commander at RMC engaged the members in a lively discussion on the issues facing a Sqn Cmdr at RMC today, with emphasis on the adaptation of the cadets to the new environment and to the responsibilities facing the barmen (cadet officers). Amber's presentation was very strong and informative, and the discussion was more lively than usual. Although our turnout was lower than usual, members greatly appreciated the information, and were impressed by Amber's depth of feeling for, and understanding of the position after a relatively short time on duty. Amber is married to another RMC Squadron Commander, an Air Force pilot.





Branch - February 3, Lunch

Darren Cates, Athletic Director, RMC gave an interesting update on the athletics program of RMC. He described the 3 goals of varsity and intramural sports, and physical fitness, and the success rates. Darren also spoke about the current and planned facilities with special emphasis on the success of the Birchall Pavilion, and the plans for an all weather playing surface to be completed by 2012.

In describing the measures of success in the varsity programs, Darren was pleased with overall team performance, but evoked Branch members to support the team events. Another success measure was that varsity athletes on average scored 63 points higher than the general cadet body on the annual fitness test.


Cadet Guests: 24600 Ilona Rose Corbin, DCSL 9 Sqdn  and 24712 Brent David Fisher CSL of 6 Sqdn. Sorry we missed your photo Ilona.

New Gavel: The Branch was presented with a lovely mahogany handmade gavel made for the club by  Mr. Bruce Wheeler of Kingston, a friend of David Rayner. Reg wielded it for the first time today! No more glass-tinkling!



At ease!