RMC Foundation February Funding Highlights
Expedition Club to India 10-21 February $20,000:
Through your generous donations, it is an honour to thank the RMC Foundation for funding the Expedition club’s trip to India and Nepal. Your contributions permitted my fellow mountaineering cadets and I to trek into the southern Himalayas accompanied by the expertise of two experienced Sherpa, in addition to exploring the bustling city of Delhi, India. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Battlefield Tour 13-21 February $67,000:
The RMC History Department conducted the annual battlefield tour of First and Second World War Canadian battlefields in France and Belgium during February’s Reading Week. Since its modest beginnings in 2003 the tour has become a major college activity made possible now by the generous funding the History Department receives from the RMC Foundation. Upon their return from the battlefields, participants are clearly overwhelmed by the experience. They describe the tour in glowing terms: For some it is “a life-changing experience;” for others “an emotional rollercoaster.” Click here to read the rest of the story.
Howard University Model NATO 10-14 February $17,500:
Howard University, Converse College, Kent State University, and the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies, in collaboration with Embassies of NATO member states in Washington, DC, sponsor an annual simulation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This year, seven RMCC cadets participated in the 31st Annual International Model NATO Conference involving students from 27 different universities from Europe, Canada and the United States. The Model allows participants to gain a better understanding of the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of NATO countries in determining matters of collective defence. Click here to read the rest of the story.
USAFA National Character and Leadership Symposium 25-28 February $3,900:
This past February OCdt 26852 Alex Gorman, and OCdt 26764 David Domagala had the opportunity to attend the National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS) at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, USA. The main theme of the symposium was the ‘profession of arms’, and thus many of the speakers were combat veterans and astronauts who shared many various leadership experiences in their careers.
The National Character and Leadership Symposium exchange is one that should continue to be funded in years to come. It is an eye-opening experience for the Cadets to view the world through the eyes of professional leaders of all positions, both military and civilian. All speakers had different stories, but many of the same concepts were brought up in discussion, which offered a common ground that Cadets could apply in all positions. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Kingston Film Festival 25-28 February $1800
I would just like to express my sincere gratitude to the donors of the RMC Foundation for allowing me to participate in the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Without your generous subsidization, I would not have had this enriching and formative experience.
Thanks to the documentary Al Purdy was Here, I have gained an all new appreciation for poetry, particularly Canadian poetry. Al’s fierce nationalism and patriotism has reminded me of Canada’s greatness and what she stands for. As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and a future officer of the CAF, patriotism and pride in my Canadian roots are important in the fulfilment of my duties. While I have always been a fierce patriot myself, it is a helpful reminder that there are other men and women who feel similarly and that we have good reason to do so. Click here to read the rest of the story.
RMC Saint-Jean Conference on Defence and Security 18-19 February $1300
On February 18-19, Officer Cadets Marianne Bouchard and Miles Smith, accompanied by Captain Vanessa Chamberland, traveled to Ottawa to attend the 2016 Conference on Defence and Security. The conference was hosted by the Chateau Laurier and held jointly by the Conference of Defence Associations and the Canadian Defence Academy. Several speakers and discussion panels provided the opportunity for these officer cadets to gain invaluable insight on security issues and how Canada and its allies plan to meet these threats. Click here to read the rest of the story.