Vol. 2, Issue 4, Winter 2023
Greetings to our Members!
Yes, all former and serving members (Regular Force and Reserve) of the C&E Branch and its founding elements are automatically members in perpetuity of the C&E Association. Your family members are welcome to apply for Associate Membership. See everything about us and the rest of the C&E Family at https://cmcen-rcmce.ca/association.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We’re looking for some help from the membership in the Association “Preserve our C&E Memorials” project. It was initiated in 2003 by the C&E Branch as a Centennial Anniversary Project. Initially supported by the Signals Club of Canada, the work was assumed by the then C&E Heritage & Museum Committee in 2015 and in 2019 came under the auspice of the C&E Association. LCol (Ret) Tony Charters has led it
from the start and now advises and reports to the C&E Association Board of Directors. However, having reached a certain age, Tony is looking for his replacement. It could be you! All you need is an interest in our heritage and a desire to ensure that our memorials are preserved for all to appreciate.
For more info on the project, check here: Preserve Our Memorials – Project Description
We’re working on a new feature to better serve our retired members. For this issue, we would like to draw your attention to some websites where several links lead to information that can be useful to those of us who retire from the military to become …veterans! Watch this space for more news and information.
As part of our service to C&E Association members, we approach companies and service providers to negotiate favoured rates and services for you. TD Insurance provides preferred rates for home, auto, tenant, cottage, and travel insurance. For more info, check out https://www.tdinsurance.com/affinity/cmcen.
OP JIMMY SANTA 2023
Every year the Association, on your behalf, sends a small parcel out to all of the C&E Branch members who are deployed during Christmas. This year, we had 168 names for folks deployed under CJOC, CFIOG and in Alert. Thanks to Leala and Karen at the Mercury Shop and all of the folks from CFSCE who volunteered as elf stand ins to put the parcels together. Here’s a note we received from some of our men and women overseas:
I am writing on behalf of the C&E Branch members as part of Op Union to thank you and the C&E Association for the lovely note and Christmas gifts you sent us. We have a small but outstanding crew of Signallers here in eastern Europe supporting Op Union. For some of us, this is just the latest deployment and for others this is their first opportunity to deploy but either way it is always nice to receive a little something from our home branch. From the J6 Op Union team: Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
UNIT AND ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTERS
We’re pleased to report that we are continuing to get updates and newsletters from units and C&E associations from across the country. One of the core functions of the C&E Association is to “connect with and promote a close association with all members of our extended C&E military community”. If you have anything you’d like to share, be it news, a picture, or even a newsletter from your own local association, send it to [email protected] and we’ll do our best to include it. Please enjoy!
32 SIGNAL REGIMENT DISPATCHES
Check the link for the latest 32 Signal Regiment newsletter and some great back issues: https://cmcen-rcmce.ca/32-signal-regiment-dispatches/
The latest newsletter from our museum can be found here: https://www.candemuseum.org/news-events/news/despatch-december-2023-edition
CHECK OUT ALL THE BACK ISSUES!
A full list of all of the newsletters I’ve collected is at: https://cmcen-rcmce.ca/association_newsletter/
MEMBER SHOUT OUT
For the ninth year, the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club has once again included the Maple Leafs Troops of the Game CAF Recognition Program in its 2023 – 2024 calendar of events. This program will see the Toronto Maple Leafs (TML) honour one deserving CAF member during an in-game presentation at every home game, 25 Oct 23 – 13 Apr 24. On 9 Dec 23, the honoured member was none other than our own Maj Samson Young! Maj Young is a first-generation Canadian and a refugee from Laos who came to Canada in 1980. After 10 years of schooling, he decided to join the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He is currently serving as a Deputy Information Systems Security Manager and DGDS (Director General Defence Security) Alternate ISSO at NDHQ. Congratulations Maj Young!
On behalf of all of us on the Board, all the best in 2024!!