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Totem times
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Totem times (Comox, B.C. : Online)
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Lazo, B.C.
Ladysmith. BC
Personnel Support Program- 19 Wing Comox
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Published 22 times a year, every second Tuesday
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"The Totem Times has kept 19 Wing informed since 1960, making it the longest running newspaper in the Comox Valley. It is published every second Tuesday and is delivered to members of 19 Wing Comox, to the public spaces that serve the Wing, and throughout the Comox Valley. It is also distributed to CAF bases throughout Canada and to deployments around the world"--website, viewed July 16, 2020 ( ,,,, )
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"The Totem Times shares the stories of 19 Wing Comox, the CAF, and the broader community. It is a source of information for families, retired personnel and all members of the 19 Wing Defence Team"--website, viewed July 16, 2020
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Began in 1960?
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"Organ of the personnel of RCAF Station Comox."
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Volume 58, # 08 (May 3, 2016); title from PDF banner, viewed July 16, 2020.
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Volume 62, #12 (June 30, 2020), viewed July 16, 2020.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 Volume 58, #19 Thomas Hart250-218-4278 Val Wright250-334-7460 $369,500 Approved Service Provider to the DND Integrated Relocation Program Approved Service Provider to the DND Integrated Relocation ProgramRoyal LePage In the Comox Valley#121-750 Comox Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 3P6Bus: 250-334-3124 Toll Free: 1-800-638-4226 Fax: 250-334-1901www.royallepagecomoxvalley.comEmail: royallepagecv@shaw.ca1977 COLEMAN RD., COURTENAY LOCATION LOCATION!! Close to Seal Bay Nature Park and only 15 mins to town. This rural .40 acre property has plenty of backyard privacy and a fenced mature garden area. 3 bedroom rancher has hardwood oors, crown moldings, fresh paint, upgrades throughout and plenty of love. Move in ready and quick $729,0003567 MARRIOTT RD., COURTENAY LARGE OCEAN VIEW HOME with suite situated just on the edge of town. Chef’s kitchen overlooks the great room with replace. Massive deck overlooks the Comox harbour, and features a hot tub. Master suite includes a full 5 piece ensuite, tile shower and oversized tub for 2. And much more! Lest we Lest we forget... forget...


2 | TOTEM TIMES NOVEMBER 1, 2016 MANAGING EDITOR Camille Douglas 250-339-2541 GRAPHIC DESIGNER Gillian Ottaway Querin EDITORIAL ADVISOR Capt Brad Little DISTRIBUTION Michael Pearce 250-339-2541 TotemTIMES The Totem Times is an unof cial publication of 19 Wing Comox, BC. The Editor reserves the right to edit copy and reject advertisements to suit the needs of the publication. Views expressed are those of the contributor unless expressly attributed to DND, CAF, or other agencies. In case of typographical errors, no goods may be sold and the difference claimed against this paper. The paper’s liability is limited to a refund of the space charged for the erroneous item. Material may be reprinted with attribution. Published 22 times a year, every second Tuesday, with permission of Col Mike Atkins, 19 Wing Commander. Publications Mail Registration No.4098. Printed by Ladysmith Press, Ladysmith, BC. Circulation: 1800.A Division of Personnel Support Programs CFB Comox, PO Box 1000 Stn. Main, Lazo, BC V0R 2K0 On November 11, Ceremonies of Remembrance will be held at cenotaphs across Canada, attended by hundreds of thousands of Canadians paying their respects to Canadian soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen who answered their country’s call to service, and in doing so, ultimately, sacri ced their lives. Among the crowds gathered at cenotaphs across the country will be countless veterans of every war and con ict involving Canadians since 1939, many of them still in service, like the members of 19 Wing Comox. Those who came before us, and came home from war, have ensured that Canadians understood the sacri ces made by those who did not return. As they age and become in rm, they are passing the torch to those of us still in service to keep the memory of sacrifice alive. In response, the Canadian Armed Forces has formalized a program to have serving members visit schools and service clubs across Canada during Veteran’s Week to share their experiences and speak on behalf of veterans. I know that dozens of personnel at 19 Wing have volunteered to represent the Canadian Armed Forces and veterans at school and civic ceremonies from Nanaimo to Uclulet, and as far north as Port Hardy, reaching thousands of Canadians with a personal message. I commend those of you who have taken part in the past, have volunteered this year, and encourage you to volunteer next year. When we speak of veterans we must include ourselves, even as we continue to serve. Many of us have deployed overseas, some numerous times, and many of us have experienced loss while deployed. For those who have not deployed, remember that we are one team and we are serving and enabling those who are currently deployed. Canadians need to understand that we have thousands of personnel deployed around the world, including dozens from 19 Wing Comox currently serving in the Middle East. We must remember the job they are doing is important, carries immense risk, and has created separation from family for many of those deployed. When you speak at a school, attend a Remembrance Day ceremony, or share your story, you perpetuate the memory of sacri ce of those who have passed before us. Chief Warrant Of cer Parent and I will be attending a Remembrance Day Ceremony in the Comox Valley on November 11, as will most of you; together we will engage Canadians directly to help keep the memory of sacri ce alive. Lest We Forget Commander’s Message – Veteran’s Week 2016 Commander’s Message – Veteran’s Week 2016 WComd Col Mike Atkins


NOVEMBER 1, 2016 TOTEM TIMES | 3 The Comox Air Force Museum exists to tell the proud story of Canada’s West Coast military aviation history. This clearly implies that we celebrate and honour the dedication, courage and skill of those that have served in Canada’s Air Force, over the years. While at the same time, we lament the remarkable sacri ces made on behalf of our freedom. We do this every day, but in particular on Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget. The Comox Air Force Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11 to encourage members of the public to drop by to remember. A minute of silence will be observed at 11:00 a.m. November 11 is a day when we honour our fallen comrades who made the supreme sacri ce, so we today can live in a free and democratic society. One cannot imagine the grief and hardships that so many families had to endure dealing with the loss of their loved ones. We are so very fortunate in Canada to have our freedom. At this time, 888 (Komox) Wing members would also like to thank all serving military members for their service to our country and their families for their inherent hardships of military life. 888 (Komox) Wing will be hosting an open house on November 11 following Remembrance Day ceremonies. “On behalf of all our members, I look forward to hosting the 19 Wing Comox personnel and look forward to the comradeship of your visit with our members,” states 888 (Komox) Wing president Ron Western. Comox Air Force Comox Air Force Museum Remembers Museum Remembers888 (Komox) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association


4 | TOTEM TIMES NOVEMBER 1, 2016 Katherine Kirk delights members of the 19 Wing Defence Team by serving authentic Greek gyros and East Coast donairs at her caf, Yummies & Gyros, located on Puntledge Road in Courtenay. She has been providing a taste of home to east coasters, while supporting Wing and mess events with her food cart or bulk orders. “I am not in the military, but that does not mean the military is not part of me or my community,” shares Katherine. “Born and raised in the Comox Valley, we’re five generations strong. There may be a front gate at the base, but it is wide open to supporting our families and businesses of the Comox Valley!” Katherine, like many Canadians, has a strong connection to the military. “In World War I my grandfather lied about his age and enlisted in the tank division. His tank was blown up and he was left for dead, alone for ve days in his upside down tank before he was found.” Following the war, Grandfather Kirk bravely relocated Canada, first selling cars for the Ford dealership, and pushing onward until he had enough money to purchase the Kirk homestead in 1928. It was during the Great Depression; it was located on the property now known as The Old House Village Hotel and Spa where Locals Restaurant is located. “He knew that the river would be the water highway for boats and ships, so he started his own home oil and gas business. He supplied many boats and ships, and even our local air eld. At that time the military would use Tree Island to practice their military maneuvers, and would take their ships up the river to the Courtenay Slough so the barnacles on the bottom of the ship could be removed. On their way out, they would stop at my grandfather’s business and load up with gas and oil for the ships.” Eventually the business grew into Kirk Electric where he sold car parts, growing to Kirk Auto Parts, a business that Katherine’s uncle operated. “My father also has a business called English Car Centre, and I have my business, Yummies & Gyros Greek Caf. Thank you, great-great grandfather, for building the Kirk legacy in the Comox Valley!” Yummies & GyrosKatherine Kirk’s great-great grandfather after arriving in the Comox Valley and establishing a legacy of service, one that Katherine continues at Yummies & Gyros Greek Caf on Puntledge Road in Courtenay. Grandfather Kirk’s home store and homestead was located where Locals Restaurant stands today, next to the Old House Village Hotel and Spa. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (RC) 19 Wing ChapelSt. Michael and All Angels Protestant ChapelSunday Mass: 1000 hrs Weekday Mass: 1100 hrs Tuesday, and Thursday Sacrament of Reconciliation: upon request. Sunday W orship: 1000 hrs Protestant Communion: celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Bible Study: please contact Chaplain for the dates and times. Marriage preparation: please contact the Chaplain at least six months prior to date of wedding. Baptisms: please make an appointment with the Chaplain. For information contact the chaplains’ of ce at 250-339-8211, ext 8389. Padre’s Corner




6 | TOTEM TIMES NOVEMBER 1, 2016 Personal Real Estate Corporation Don’t think twice, call Bryce! Thinking of our veterans at this time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the men and women in uniform and their families. e Co r oration poration ikti l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l B B B B B B B ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! u r his time. histim o m the r h e a r ts t o w omen in h eir Comox Legion Branch 160 invites the public to celebrate and pay tribute to our Canadian veterans in the week leading to Remembrance Day. Veterans Week will kick off with a Veteran Dinner at noon on November 4. The following day Serendipity Jazz will perform a Tribute to the Veterans at 1:00 p.m. On Thursday, November 10, the community will gather in Comox for the candlelight vigil ceremony at 6:30 p.m. A members’ night will follow at the branch. Finally, the Remembrance Day parade will commence at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start at Nordin and continue along Comox Avenue, marching to the cenotaph where members of the public will be gathered. Cumberland Legion Branch 28 invites spectators to the Remembrance Day parade beginning at 10:45 a.m. The parade will begin at 3rd Street near the old post of ce, and march up Dunsmuir Avenue until they reach the Cumberland Legion, where the ceremony will be held at 11:00 am. Spectators are encouraged to begin lining at up at 10:30 a.m. Each November poppies blossom on lapels, inspiring Canadians to remember, and providing funds to the Royal Canadian Legion for a variety of programs. Four members of the Comox Legion Ladies Auxiliary met with the 19 Wing command team to launch the 2016 campaign before canvassing the 19 Wing squadrons, branches and units on October 31. The poppy is the recognized international symbol of Remembrance, inspired by Col John McCrea’s famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. Poppies bloomed across some of the worst battle elds of the First World War; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Funds raised are used to assist veterans and dependents in distress, purchase medical appliances, provide bursaries to the children and grandchildren of veterans and ex-service members, purchase housing and care facilities for veterans, seniors and disabled persons, and to fund support programs.Poppies blossom at 19 WingVolunteers from the Comox Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch 160 visit 19 Wing to launch the 2016 Poppy Campaign. L-R: Marj Bouck, Eileen Paulin, Acting 19 Wing Commander LCol Couture, Reta Walls, Gail Gustafson and 19 Wing Chief Warrant Of cer CWO Parent. Photo by Sgt Halina Folfas.Cumberland Legion Branch 28 Comox Legion Branch 160 Local events Local events


NOVEMBER 1, 2016 TOTEM TIMES | 7 rough adversity, our most honourable ” ourish. Cest dans ladversit que les plus dignes spanouissent. Lest we forget. Noublions jamais.The countdown to Remembrance Day is on and Courtenay Legion Branch 17 is alive with preparations. The poppy ag was raised at City Hall by Mayor Jangula on October 28, marking the beginning of the annual poppy campaign. Funds raised by the Legion are used to assist veterans and their families and to assist with special projects in the community that will ultimately assist veterans. Courtenay Legion has focused on St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation in recent years and contributes an average of $10,000 per year to support its work. In 2016, Branch 17 approved donations to the Veterans’ Transition Program and the Community Bath Program. Watch for army and air cadets on the streets and at most large shopping areas on Saturday, November 5 as they distribute poppies and accept donations. Meanwhile, preparations are well underway for November 11, including the annual Veterans’ Breakfast, the cenotaph ceremony, and the in-house activities featuring afternoon entertainment. This year marks the 69th annual Veterans’ Breakfast, an event that is open to all veterans, their families and friends. For the rst 60 of those years, the breakfast was coordinated by the late Sandy Strachan, a former Legion President, City Councillor and Freeman of the City. The breakfast is held in the George Swift Memorial Hall at the Legion. Tickets are available upon entry and guests are asked to be seated by 9:00 a.m. Following the breakfast the parade will form up on Cliffe Avenue outside the Legion at 10:40 and march off to the cenotaph in Jubilee Square for the ceremony. An open house will begin in the Legion lounge following the ceremony, and food will be served during the afternoon. This is a family event and the Legion encourages members of the public to come and learn about what the Legion does behind the scenes, as well as to enjoy our hospitality. Courtenay Legion prepares to rememberBruce Stewart, president of the Courtenay Legion and Kelly Kuzyk, poppy chairman, present a cheque to Michael Aikins, Executive Director Glacier View Lodge, to assist with the Community Bath Program. Representatives of the Courtenay Legion presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Veterans Transition Program on November 24. The presentation was made by Dave Bell, past president, and Kelly Kuzyk, poppy chairman. Receiving the donation are Lindsay Wohlfahrt, nance of cer with Veterans Transition Network, and LCdr Suzanne Thistle, Commanding Ofcer at 21 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre.




NOVEMBER 1, 2016 TOTEM TIMES | 9 We lost our keys at a hockey game out of town, including our expensive-to-replace smart key for the car. Our WarAmps key tag did its job when our keys were returned to us last week by courier, much to our relief. War Amps supporter Order key tags online.The War Amps1 800 250-3030 When you use key tags, you support child amputees like Audrey. Every Set of Lost KeysHas a StoryCharitable Registration No.: 13196 9628 RR0001The War Amps does not receive government grants.The Key Tag Service its free and it works. Nearly 13,000 sets of lost keys are returned every year. November 11 is quickly approaching and once again we will pause to remember all those who have fallen in service to their country over the years. This is a tradition that dates back to 1919 when King George V held the rst ceremony of remembrance. Since that year, memorial services have been observed in all the Commonwealth Nations. The date and time re ects the exact time that World War I hostilities ended in 1918, “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in accordance with the armistice signed by Germany. With an end to hostilities diplomats went to work, and on June 28, 1919, they signed the Treaty of Versailles officially ending World War I. Unfortunately, wars did not end for long. Nations have risen up against nation over and over again. Today this ceremony now includes all those who have fought in service to their country. Active members and Veterans gather around the world to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrice. Too many of us remember friends and family who have fallen. We stand together with all of those who made a promise never to forget the sacrices made by a few so that many can live in freedom. As a chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces, it is an honour to support all the troops who serve Canada. Over my years of service I have met with families and friends who lost someone special. They always deeply feel the loss, but on November 11, they also feel the great love and support of a nation that will not forget what that sacri ce means. This brings hope and healing. As a country still deploying troops to areas of con ict, we know that there will continue to be casualties. That does not stop us from serving. In fact, it makes all who remain active more determined to continue the ght until at some point the mission will end. In a perfect world peace and security for all would be achieved. Beyond those already mentioned, we remember all the members who continue to recover from injuries both physically and mentally, following their service. To that end it is the responsibility of all who remember to also think about those who stil l suffer today. That means the person at work who has not been the same since returning from training, exercise, deployment or continues to recover from an injury. If you personally know of someone in need of support, November 11 gives you the perfect opportunity to reach out to them. Let them know you care by making contact. Demonstrate first hand that you remember them and that they are important. Sometimes that is all a person needs. If you nd out their needs are greater than you can support, then take the next step to refer your friend to other supports available. Your chain of command can assist you in this process. Finally, if you nd yourself alone or in a situation that is overwhelming, then let November 11 be your day to reach out for help. You are not alone in life’s battles. The Canadian Armed Forces teaches us to work together as a team. That teamwork and support does not end when we are broken. It provides an opportunity for us to work together once again to conquer whatever obstacle lies in the way. Together nothing is impossible. In this way, working together, we can all nd hope and healing on Remembrance Day. As one with many who are Called to Serve , “We Will Remember Them.” Blessings, Padre ChrisRemembrance Day brings hope and healing Lt(N) Christopher Donnelly, 19 Wing Comox Chaplain FITNESS SPORTS & RECREATIONLocated in the 19 Wing Fitness and Community Centre, 1575 Military RowMonday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Holidays: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Military users only: 6 – 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m 1 p.m., Monday to Friday Fitness, Sports and Recreation: 250-339-8211, local 7173/ 6989 Sports Stores Counter: 250-339-8211, local 8315 The Canadian Military Wives Choir (CMWC) Comox, now with over 30 members, will be performing throughout the Comox Valley for Remembrance Day, singing at the candlelight vigil on Thursday, November 10 and then on Remembrance Day at the cenotaph in Comox. Canadian Military Wives Choirs are all female choirs, which aim to support military women through vocal music and camaraderie. Members are closely associated with the military, either by marriage or by occupation, and there is a strong emphasis on friendship and fun. The choir has several more events coming up including Courtenay’s tree-lighting ceremony on November 18, the Christmas parade on November 20, and at Filberg Lodge on November 26. December will be busy with caroling at local seniors’ homes and at holiday luncheons. The holiday season will culminate with a freewill donation Christmas concert and carol sing on December 18 at St. Michael and All Angels Protestant Church at 2:00 p.m. For more information about the CMWC Comox, or to have the choir sing at your event, contact choir president, Tannis Harrison, at canadianmwc.comox@ wives sing for Remembrance Day The Canadian Military Wives Choir Comox will be performing at the Remembrance Day service in Comox on November 11. They also have many performances coming up for the holiday season.


10 | TOTEM TIMES NOVEMBER 1, 2016 GCWCCNovember 4 442 Buffalo Pull Competition – Teams of 10 will ex their muscles pulling a 45,000 pound CC115 Buffalo Pull from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; a BBQ will also be available. Each team is required to make a $100 donation to participate ($10/ person).November 7 Wing RCEME Car Care – Bring your car in to the WRCEME workshop for a nitrogen tire ll service ($10), an oil and lter change ($15 must bring own oil and lter), or both ($20)! Services include a basic inspection of your uids, belts, lights and tires. For more info or to book an appointment, call locals 7910 or 6673. Appointments can also be made for Nov 21.November 16 Circuit for a Cause – PSP staff will offer a 1.5 hour circuit on the gym oor at the Fitness and Community Centre, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Some great beats will help you cycle through four different workouts including SAQ (Speed, Agility and Quickness), kettle bells, Combat Fitness, and kick boxing – nishing with yoga. Give back to yourself by focusing on your health and support an important cause at the same time. A donation of $20 is requested.November 16 21 CF Health Services Bake Sale – cookies, brownies of love, and cakes for care – all available at the clinic lobby. Get your holiday baking done while supporting the GCWCC!November 18 12 MP Flight Jail and Bail – have you ever wanted to put your boss in jail? 12 MP Flt invites you to participate in our 2nd annual Jail and Bail from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Co-workers can pool their cash and send their bosses to jail for a speci ed duration. A mock jail cell will be set up in the foyer of the 19 Wing Fitness and Community Centre. Call local 8218 to have the person of your choice picked up by a member of 12 MP Flt and escorted to “jail”; if the offender wishes to be bailed out before their time is up, they must double your donation! Edna Wilson, administrative assistant for SISIP Financial, has been volunteering with the Kitty Cat PALS (Prevent a Litter Society) fostering program for the last three years. Kitty Cat PALS has been rescuing kittens born outdoors in the Comox Valley, and practicing trap-neuterreturn to achieve the mandate to prevent a litter of feral cats. Programs have grown to include Adopt-a-PAL, Foster Home Program, SemiSocial Barn Cat Re-homing, and The Ruby Fund. “The fostering program involves socializing kittens that were born feral,” explains Edna. “I have had many kittens or cats come through my home, and it is so rewarding when you watch them turn from being so scared and hissing at you, to playful and social, ready for adoption.” Some nancial support is received from the BCSPCA, but Kitty Cat PALS operates mainly on donations from the community, and is 100% volunteer driven. “As my family will contest, I just LOVE cats! I wish I could give them all homes,” laughs Edna. “Yes, I have been called a Crazy Cat Lady many times!” Edna has four cats, two of them a result of failed foster parenting. “The cats I was fostering chose me to be their new family!” To help raise funds, Kitty Cat PALS is hosting a Plight of Paws charity auction fundraiser on Thursday, November 3rd at The Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar on Braidwood Road in Courtenay. A $20 dinner begins at 5:00 p.m., with $5 from each meal being donated to the Plight of Paws. The evening will also feature live entertainment, a silent auction, and a live auction at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are not required. For more about Kitty Cat PALS, visit kittycatpals. com.Kitty Cat PALS: Edna Wilson November 21 Chili Challenge – stop by Wing Supply from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to enjoy a delicious bowl of chilli for a minimum donation of $5. There will be 12 or more different styles of chili to choose from; extra spices will be available for those that like it hot! Ongoing Events:Casual Fridays wear relaxed dress by donating $3 per Friday, or purchase a button for $25 to cover the entire campaign period!Wing Imaging Portraits for a donation of $20, have a portrait photo taken, either in the form of a formal portrait, portrait at work, a sport portrait, or even a team or family portrait.Wing Imaging Framed Photo Raf e tickets for a chance to win one of three framed photos are available for $3 each, or purchase two for $5.Recycling Drive refundable bottles, cans and tetra packs can be dropped off in the parking lot in front of the Auto Hobby Club near the Sup ply building, and RCEME will sort and recycle them with all proceeds going to the campaign.Wing Foods Meat Sauce – one litre and half litre frozen packages of meat sauce can be purchased at the combined mess between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday for $5 and $2.50 respectively.Wing Foods Smoothie Raf e – purchase raf e tickets to win the rst prize punch card for 10 free smoothies, the second prize punch card for 5 free smoothies, plus a chance to win in a weekly draw for a FREE smoothie!


NOVEMBER 1, 2016 TOTEM TIMES | 11 Commissionaires thanks all of our proud Veterans who have served and continue to serve.Employing veterans since 1925 commissionaires.caREMEMBERING ALL WHO SERVED. Write “Old-School” LettersDuring deployment, dont rely solely on email or texting for your communication. Handwritten letters are more intimate and can be tucked into a pocket and re-read over and over again. ey can continue to delight the recipient even if the power is out or the server is down. Consider, too, that the time it takes to write a letter forces us to slow down and organize our thoughts, which imparts a depth to our sharing that is o en lacking in shorter electronic messages. Its true that writing and mailing a letter takes extra time and e ort and thats what makes it special. Want to know more? Contact MFRC Deployment Services!Free Holiday Mail for Deployed PersonalCanada Post will be accepting parcels from Oct 11, 2016 to Jan 13, 2017 for deployed personal at any of their full-service outlets. Deployment Services are also o ering their free parcel delivery service. If you would like your packages to arrive in time for the holidays please drop them o no later than Nov 15, 2016. For more information contact MFRC Deployment Services. D o r l ac k i n lette r t Moving forward with your life is not always a straight line. is dynamic workshop will assist you with understanding and easing your transition from path A to B. Military Members in Transition Tuesday and Wednesday Nov 29 & 30 9:00 am 11:30 am MPR A Free Military $20 Non Military Change and Transition Path from A – B


12 | TOTEM TIMES NOVEMBER 1, 2016 Six-year-old Kamryn Bond lays a wreath with her friend Shannon Krasowski at their local Remembrance Day ceremony. Although an unlikely pair, they are both amputees and are part of a legacy that goes back nearly 100 years. Kamryn is a member, and Shannon a graduate, of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. It was war amputee veterans returning from the First World War who created The War Amps in 1918, its Key Tag Service in 1946, and later, the CHAMP Program. Since 1975, thousands of child amputees across Canada have received nancial assistance for their arti cial limbs through CHAMP and attended regional seminars where they learn about growing up as an amputee. They met three years ago at their local Remembrance Day ceremony in Grande Prairie, Alberta. That year, Kamryn watched Shannon lay a wreath on behalf of The War Amps Operation Legacy, but ever since, it has been a tradition they share. Sharing a lasting legacy Come celebrate our West Coast aviation heritage in a welcoming and friendly museum:Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm (Admission by donation) 250-339-8162 | WW1 to present day exhibits;Excellent aviation reference library;Located at entrance to 19 Wing;Heritage Air Park near-by (Numerous Aircraft plus Heritage Stone Display) LET US BRING YOU BACK IN TIME AT THE COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM