Movember Winners Announced!
For Movember, Esprit de Corps held a mustache growing competition to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research. Congratulations go out to winner NDP MP Peter Stoffer for best mustache! Another congratulations to company winner Team Shark Marine who raised $2,060 on their Movember Website. The team consisted of 16 individuals: Marc Uger, Jim Garrington, Reno Standish, Scott Charles, Mike Aitken, Jim Honey, Mark Cools, Tony Mets, Ron Roberge, Brent Thomson, Bill Toovey, Patrick Wrinkler, Josh Dayboll, Randy Kailey, Mike MoGowan, and Craig Mooney.
Movember began in 2003 when Travis Garone and Luke Slattery from Melbourne, Australia, decided to start growing mustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer. In 2011, the Canadian Campaign of Movember raised $41.9 million and was donated to Men’s Health Programs, including Prostate Cancer Canada. Prostate Cancer Canada provides support and establishes research programs to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Many Canadians witnessed the rapid deteriorating effects of prostate cancer in the late NDP leader Jack Layton. In his year-long battle, his rapid weight-loss was the talk of many concerned for his health. His death hit home to many Canadians and inspired many to take up the Movember cause to help others fight this disease, including this year’s winner MP Peter Stoffer.
This year, the campaign also focused on mental health as well. According to stats on their website, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health illness in their lifetime, and mental health issues affect over 3.4 million Canadian men and boys each year. On average, 11 Canadian men will die of prostate cancer every day, with 73 new cases being diagnosed every day.
A big thanks from Esprit de Corps!
Esprit de Corps presented several companies with a scale model LAV III as a gift of appreciation for their continued support. Many thanks go out to Rheinmetall, including vice-president Alain Tremblay, director Duncan Hills, and Kevin Lang (1). On hand to accept ADGA Group’s gift were Bud Walsh, Ed Robertson, and Sharon Hill (2). Partner Carlos Santos accepted the LAV III on behalf of IBM (3). MDA Corporation’s Leslie Swartman and Meme Guerrini did the honours (4). Ally Foster, Kristen Shane, and Sneh Duggal accepted on behalf of Embassy magazine (5).Finally, Neil Rudder and Steven Miglia from Textron graciously accepted our gift of appreciation (6). A big thank you to these companies, and to the many other corporations and individuals for the support they extended to Esprit de Corps during 2012. Wishing all of our readers and subscribers the best of the holiday season!
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HMCS Windsor has returned to Sea
Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine Windsor returned to sea December 13, 2012. Over the next few months, Windsor will be in a process known as the tiered readiness program, which includes a series of sea trials, crew training, and certification in preparation for future operation. This program closely resembles the one conducted by HMS Victoria, the first Victoria-class submarine to become operational and weapons certified to fire MK-48 heavyweight torpedoes.
Charges against former CF Medical Technician
The CF National Investigation Services (CFNIS) has charged Petty Officer 2nd Class (retired) James Wilks for incidents alleged to have occurred at a Naval Reserve Unit in Thunder Bay and at the CF Recruiting Centre in London. Twenty charges have been laid against him including eight counts of sexual assault and nine counts of breach of trust. It has been alleged that between 2002 and 2009, he performed “medical examinations on CF recruits and serving members contrary to prescribed medical procedures,” according to a DND news release. The CFNIS is an independent unit designated to investigate serious and sensitive matters relating to DND property, employees and serving members.
$2.8 million project to 14 Wing Greenwood
Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced a funding commitment of approximately $2.8 million towards improving and replacing intrusion alarms and monitoring system at 14 Wing Greenwood in Nova Scotia.
Changes to Accidental Dismemberment Insurance Plan
Changes have been made to the Canadian Forces Accidental Dismemberment Insurance Plan to allow all Reserve Force personnel, members of cadet organizations administrative and training services, Canadian Rangers and officer cadets in the Reserve Entry Training Plan to have access to the same compensation as Regular Force personnel. All members are now eligible for compensation for accidental dismemberment, loss of use of limb, loss of sight, speech or hearing, which is linked to military service. Timeline changes have been made to extend the period in which a claim can be submitted from 90 days of the injury to 365 days. These changes were made via a recommendation of the Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman.