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”.

 

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 health care 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 wild-land 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”.

salutes PEM Salutes - Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba


“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.


harveydann

pdf document Harvey Dann Press Release (119 KB)

gayle-raynor

pdf document Gayle Raynor Press Release (56 KB)

shilo mens club

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)