Official Salutes

The salute is as old as history itself and is at once a greeting and a mark of respect. It is also a mark of trust and confidence and an act of courtesy, good manners, and loyalty. The Brandon Salutes committee presents official SALUTES to nominated members of the community who have made significant contributions toward achieving Brandon Salute’s mission: “to foster unity of the military and civilian communities in the Brandon area”. 


Chuck LaRocque Chuck LaRocque is a tireless community volunteer. He is a retired veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who spends as much time in his "retirement" working and volunteering as he did when he was a full-time member of the CAF. Chuck is a dedicated member of the Brandon Rotary Club, as well as being a member of the Shilo and Area Service Club. He has served on the Brandon Salutes committee and continues to help us out with special projects on occasion. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the RCA Museum as well as serving on several other boards and volunteering for special occasions and projects in Brandon. When he has a spare moment, he continues to work as a contractor as well as being a husband, father and grandfather. People like Chuck LaRocque form the backbone of a community. For the countless hours of service, both in and out of uniform, Chuck earns our "Salute" this month.


Captain Dan Fontaine

Every year, Brandon and area youth participate in the Cadet program. We at Brandon Salutes have honoured these youth before, but without a dedicated corps of adults to guide them, the program would not function.

In particular, we want to acknowledge the dedication of Captain Dan Fontaine, Commanding Officer of the 82 Brandon Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Dan Fontaine has served in the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) for 24 years, but he first enrolled as an Air Cadet here in Brandon in 1985.

The CIC consists of specially trained part-time members of the Canadian Forces who are responsible for cadet training, supervision, and administration. However, serving as a CIC requires countless hours of commitment and boundless patience. Dan does all of this on top of being a parent, volunteer and working full time.

The years a youth participates in the cadet program are often the only exposure they or their family may have to the military and the role it plays in Canadian society. It can be a good educational "bridge" to learning about the tapestry of their community. The role of Cadet leaders like Captain Dan Fontaine are vital to this education, and they continue to be important figures in the lives of cadets many years after they leave the program.

We "Salute" the people who serve in the CIC.


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Sergeant Kimberly Wheatland is a 30-year member of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve. She has been deployed on two domestic operations and works as a clerk.

Sergeant Wheatland’s leadership, experience, corporate knowledge, and absolute dedication to 26th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA (26 Fd) here in Brandon has been nothing short of exemplary. She was awarded two Queen’s Jubilee Medals and has received other awards for her volunteerism and hard work.

Kim has served 18 years with the Reserves in Manitoba and she immerses herself in every aspect. She is a consistent member of the 26 Fd Regimental Mess and has been a part of the Mess Executive many times. She is always a key part of any unit social function but it is the annual 26 Fd Regiment Military Ball where, frankly, without her work, this event, which has been attended by citizens of Brandon for over 70 years, would not be the success it is. Each year she invests much of her spare time in September and October preparing invitations and programs, tracking participants, and creating centerpieces for each table. This year, she also organized a successful dress exchange for spouses and members.

Sergeant Wheatland makes an impact to the CAF, 26 Fd, and our community every single day. Her care for the soldiers is evident, from the care packages she ensures are sent to deployed soldiers, to the glitter of the Regiment’s annual Ball, to being a leader and mentor to others in her trade.

Sgt Kim Wheatland deserves our “Salute” this month. Thank You, Kim.

 


 

The Brandon Wheat Kings have a high profile in our community. The players, coaches, and staff work very hard on and off the ice to be good ambassadors of the city and the region.

The team includes the military in their outreach to the community. They have fun nights with cadet groups and recognize military members and families at games. They regularly contribute to care packages Brandon Salutes sends to deployed personnel. Every Remembrance Day the team takes a moment to remember and honour the sacrifices made by those who serve our country.

For all of this work and contribution to the military community Brandon Salutes “salutes” the Brandon Wheat Kings.   They are “Good Neighbours and Proud Partners”.

 

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The Shilo and Region Service Club will celebrate 50 years of service to Shilo and area this October. Originally formed in 1968 as a men's club with members who had had a long and distinguished military career it has evolved to now include people from all walks of military life as well as the public service and civilian residents of surrounding communities regardless of gender.

Throughout its history, the Shilo and Region Service Club has made significant contributions to Shilo and surrounding communities. The club is actively involved in many annual events that fundraise for worthy causes, including the popular Lobsterfest.

The Club donates about $20,000-25,000 annually to a wide variety of causes. These donations are used to provide assistance to community members in need, as well as supporting local schools and recreational activities. The club has provided a mobility scooter and walkers to those who required temporary mobility assistance until permanent solutions were made. They’ve raised funds for hospital beds, televisions for senior citizens’ residences, and supported Cadets.

This is why Brandon Salutes “salutes” the Shilo and Region Service Club. We are a community-building project and the Service Club exemplifies community-building. They are truly “Good Neighbours and Proud Partners”.

 Members of the Shilo Service Club donated proceeds from their 2018 fall golf tournament to the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Members of the Shilo Service Club donated proceeds from their 2018 fall golf tournament to the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

 


 

Myrna Lane is a long-time military family member and volunteer. As a military spouse, she knows first-hand the necessity of connecting and networking with the community as a way to prevent isolation.

Volunteering has always been part of her life and the bridge from her military life to the broader area. Myrna may be modest about her contributions but her level of dedication is not. The entire area would be so much less without it. Thousands of hours have been spent helping at church, the Shilo Military Family Resource Centre, the Brandon Christmas Cheer Registry, Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Association, the Sprucewoods Lions Club, and more.

She has fundraised, read stories, served in various executive capacities, answered phones and listened to lonely spouses during deployments. She has packed boxes, knocked on doors, and organized other volunteers. Myrna Lane is a stellar example of the contributions volunteers, and members of the military family, bring to our community. For this, she earns our “Salute” for this month.

Myrna Lane

 


 

Bombardier Mackenzie Rimmington is a 19-year-old ACC student whose enthusiasm for her role in Brandon’s military Reserve regiment has earned our notice this month.

Bombardier Rimmington is originally from Guelph, Ontario where she started her career in Canada’s Primary Reserves. She also served with Kenora, Ontario’s 116th Independent Field Battery before moving to Brandon and continuing her service with the 26th Field Artillery Regiment. Now calling Brandon home she is also pursuing an education in healthcare at ACC.

She has deployed on domestic operations here in Canada; helping fight fires in western Canada and this winter served on Op PALACI, which keeps the avalanche-prone but vital Rogers Pass in BC open to traffic. But she also keeps her community in mind and volunteers as the Assistant Mess Manager, is part of the Annual Military Ball Committee, and has assisted with local Scouts Canada groups. On top of all this, she recently received the 38 Canadian Brigade Group Command Team Commendation for her quick thinking and hard work to help combat a wildland grass fire that threatened a farm near Brandon last summer.


Mackenzie Rimmington is an example of the many people in Brandon and area who serve their county and their community. For this – she has earned our “Salute”.

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A "Salute" to the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba

For many years the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba has recognized the roles that Canada’s military plays in our community. At most of their events, they designate a day and offer a special incentive to military members and their families in recognition of their service to this country. At the recently held Royal Manitoba Winter Fair the opening day was dedicated to all the services that put their lives on the line. This included the traditional opening ceremony complete with a military flag party, a 50 person guard, and ceremonial band. There were also a few military-oriented displays and demonstrations.

According to Provincial Exhibition general manager Ron Kristjansson, there has been a long connection between the agriculture and military communities in western Manitoba. Whether it be a family history of selling horses to the military during the Great Depression to family members serving in the Regular Force or the Primary Reserve. It is this connection that drives the Provincial Exhibition to recognize our local military community.

This is why Brandon Salutes “salutes” the Provincial Ex. We are a community-building project. Brandon Salutes strives to strengthen the military and civilian ties in Brandon and area. We welcome initiatives like those of the Provincial Ex which exemplify our motto “Good Neighbours and Proud Partners”.

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“Salute” For Forbidden Flavours

Forbidden Flavours Presentation

Brandon Salutes handed out another “Salute” this morning at CFB Shilo. Ray and Leita Piche, owners of the Forbidden Flavours coffee shop franchise at CFB Shilo, were recognized for their unfailing and enthusiastic support to the military community.

“Their generosity often exceeds the expected, especially given their daily challenges of running a small business,” said Matt Bolley, Chair of Brandon Salutes.

Ray and Leita’s hard work and continued contribution to the Shilo community help people arriving at Shilo from all parts of Canada feel welcome and at home. Their shop is a gathering place for everyone and, as such, fosters the relationship between the military, civilians, and their families.

The Brandon Salutes committee presents official SALUTES to nominated members of the community who have made significant contributions toward achieving Brandon Salutes’ mission of fostering unity of the military and civilian communities in the Brandon area. This morning’s honour was presented in front of a large crowd gathered to attend the annual Winterfest event at CFB Shilo.

 


 

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pdf document Harvey Dann Press Release (119 KB)

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pdf document Gayle Raynor Press Release (56 KB)

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pdf document  Shilo Men's Club Press Release (107 KB)

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pdf document  MCPL Gordon Olson Press Release (108 KB)

pdf document Betty Coleman Press Release (101 KB)

First Salute Presentation

pdf document First Salute Press Release (99 KB)