The Cote-des-Neiges Armoury played host to an evening of remembrance, discussion and fine dining organized by Canada Company’s Quebec Chapter. Hors d’oeuvres, Prosecco and some live jazz were on hand before the meal as guests were invited to tour information stations, offering insight into the work of Canada Company on behalf of Canadian Armed Forces members as well as the story of the 20 day remembrance campaign in Sicily this past summer.
Steve Gregory, President of the Quebec Chapter of Canada Company spoke about the incredible experience promoting remembrance in Sicily. With the help of LCol (ret) Colin Robinson, he introduced and made excellent presentations to several of the tour’s participants who were able to make it to the dinner.
The guest of Honour, BGen Lanthier, gave a fascinating discourse on management within the Canadian Armed Forces. Particular emphasis was placed on the challenges of tracking and supporting personnel with Operational Stress Injury, symptoms of which may only appear 5 or 6 years after deployment. This led to a lively question and answer period during which BGen Lanthier was able to illustrate many of the problems and potential solutions moving forward.
After the meal, guests were invited outside to witness the spectacular firing of the 3BAM gun. A special thanks goes out to the event’s sponsors, West Jet and Via Rail. West Jet’s Caring For Communities program supplied a pair of return tickets to anywhere West Jet flies for a raffle that raised $5,000 towards Canada Company’s charitable initiatives.