Passing of Pierre Dalrymple

Hello PSO Friend/Colleague,

Just in case any of you have not yet heard, our dear friend and colleague Pierre Dalrymple, PSel Major (Retired) died on Monday 3 April 2017…peacefully, at home, with Linda and his two sons at his side.

I am told by the family that Pierre’s obituary will appear in the Ottawa Citizen Saturday 8 April and that there will be a memorial service for Pierre at Beechwood Cemetery on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, beginning at 1 PM.   The plan for speeches at this celebration of life includes Pierre’s son Michael, Pierre’s 11-year-old grandson, plus Digger MacDougall, Karol Wenek and myself.

Should you have a memory, message or anecdote about Pierre that you would like shared at the celebration, feel free to send (or telephone) it to me…I will do my best to do justice to all that I receive.
To those who will be at the Tuesday service, I look forward to seeing you there.
Martin Hankes-Drielsma
(613) 387-3274
Hello friends,
My/our friend Pierre Dalrymple passed away at 4 PM on Monday. We were close friends since the time we first met on the training program for Personnel Selection Officers in 1970. At that time we shared a hotel suite for the better part of five weeks, and got to know each other quite well as we recounted a lot of Army and life experiences, I followed Pierre through three military postings at CFB Borden, FMC Headquarters and the NDHQ Administrative Unit. This gave us an additional time to share notes and learn of each other’s professional attributes that we brought to our jobs as military psychologists, staff officers, counsellors, and leaders with within our branch and the military units and headquarters we served.
In retirement we started a “Breakfast Gang” of friends and colleagues, which met regularly over more than a dozen years. Pierre dubbed this group “The ROMEOs” which stood for – retired old men eating out.
Pierre mentored and helped me through my cancer surgery and recovery. We even went to the cancer center in Ottawa together to offer our services as volunteer counseliors to help others who were experiencing difficulty with their illnesses and/or recoveries. I will be ever grateful for his assistance.
I enjoyed his humour and his lightning quick wit, sharing his knowledge of current affairs, having fish and chips with him at the Royal Canadian Legion in Orleans, and above all, his friendship. I will miss him.
Rest well, my friend.

Ottawa PSOA Function 13 May 16, Friday * Événement de la AOSP qui se tiendra à Ottawa le 13 mai 16 vendredi‏

Dear Colleagues, (le texte Français suit)
Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and socialize with your fellow PSOs and PSOA members! So as your Regional Representative of the Personnel Selection Officer Association (PSOA) for Eastern Ontario (NCR and Ottawa Valley), I am cordially inviting you to join myself and our colleagues at the Aulde Dubliner & Pour House in Downtown Ottawa for an evening of entertainment. Again, this will be a great opportunity to socialize and get to know each other outside of work. 
Here are the details – we hope you can make it!
Where: The Aulde Dubliner, 62 William St, Ottawa, ON –
When: 13 May 2016, Friday after work – 1700hrs (fashionably late is ok too)
Parking: There are some paid parking lots around the downtown area and on the street
Bus: 3 minute walk from Rideau Centre
If you don’t have a designated driver or don’t want to drive or carpool – take the bus!
See OC Transpo quick planner
Everyone is welcome! Bring a spouse, friend or just yourself. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
If you can’t make it – check out the latest PSO news on our website!
Please forward this to anyone that I may have forgotten to include. Thank you.
Dave Spurgeon
PSOA Eastern Ontario Representative
Chers Collègues,

L’été est à nos portes et c’est maintenant le moment de sortir et venir socialiser avec nos collègues OSP et membres de l’AOSP. En tant que votre représentant régional de l’association des officiers de sélection du personnel (AOSP) de l’Est de l’Ontario (RCN et Vallée de l’Outaouais), je vous invite cordialement à vous joindre à moi et plusieurs autres collègues au « The Aulde Dubliner », un pub du  à Centre-Ville d’Ottawa pour une soirée de divertissement. Encore une fois, ce sera une excellente occasion de socialiser et apprendre à se connaître les uns les autres en dehors du travail.

Voici les détails – nous espérons que vous y serez!

Où : The Aulde Dubliner, 62 Rue William, Ottawa, ON –
Quand : le 13 mai 2016, vendredi après travail – 17H00 (ceux en retard à cause la mode, c’est OK aussi)
Parking : Des stationnements payants sont disponibles dans les rues à proximité du pub
Bus : À 3 minutes de marche de la station centre Rideau

Si vous ne disposez pas d’un conducteur désigné ou ne voulez pas conduire ou covoiturage – prendre le bus!

Voir OCTranspo rapide planificateur

Tout le monde est le bienvenu! Amener votre conjoint, un ami ou tout simplement vous-même. Nous avons hâte de vous voir!

Si vous ne pouvez pas venir – vérifier les dernières nouvelles dans le monde des OSP sur notre site internet!

S’il vous plaît transmettre à quiconque que je peux avoir oublié d’inclure. Merci!


Dave Spurgeon
représentant régional AOSP

PSOA Ottawa Meet and Greet

Come out and socialize with your fellow PSOs in a non-retirement, mess dinner or official work setting.

Where: Lone Star Restaurant at St. Laurent – 1211 Lemieux St. (St. Laurent/417)

When: Thursday, September 11th, 1900hrs

Who: You and PSOs in the geographic locale (NCR, Petawawa, Kingston and Trenton)

Camp Eggers Kabul

Submitted by: Cdr Sarah McMillan

Camp Eggers Kabul – 07 Oct 2013

Capt Jonathan Gendron, Maj Rob Morrow & Cdr Sarah McMillan (From left to right), the last 3 PSOs serving in Op Attention take a rare moment of pause to proudly display the Personnel Selection Flag while Maj Morrow came from KAIA-N for a visit.

IMG_00001165The PSEL flag will be flown at Camp Eggers, one last time before it returns home with Capt Gendron who will hold the distinction of being the last PSO to serve as part of the Canadian contingent in Afghanistan as part of OP Attention.






Camp Eggers, Kabul – le 07 oct 2013

Capt Jonathan Gendron, Maj Rob Morrow et Captf Sarah McMillan (de gauche à droite), les 3 derniers officiers de sélection du personnel (OSP) à servir en Afghanistan au cours de l’Op Attention, se permette un rare moment de répit afin d’arborer avec fierté le drapeau de la branche de Sélection du Personnel (S PERS), à l’occasion de la visite du Maj Morrow à partir de KAIA-N.

Le drapeau de S PERS sera hissé au camp Eggers une dernière fois avant son retour à la maison avec le Capt Gendron, qui se méritera la distinction d’avoir été le dernier OSP à servir parmi le contingent canadien en Afghanistan, au cours de l’Op Attention.


IMG_00001098Here is Capt Gendron, Organizer of the Camp Eggers’ last Terry Fox Run, holding the Terry Fox Banner for CCTMA, MGen Milner, to sign.

Ici nous voyons le Capt Gendron, organisateur de la dernière course Terry Fox du Camp Eggers, tenant la bannière Terry Fox afin de permettre au Mgen Milner (CCTMA) de la signer.

Capt Beatty Presentation of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal * Présentation au Capt Beatty de la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la Reine Elizabeth II

Capt Peter Beatty was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada in a ceremony conducted in the Senate Chambers on Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 . His Excellency the Governor General presented eight Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to deserving St. John volunteers, representing the diversity of the membership of St. John across Canada.


Capt Beatty also received his Letters Patent from Dr. Forrest Pass (Saguenay Herald) from the Chancellery of Honours in a ceremony conducted in the Ottawa Army Officers’ Mess on 26 Jun 2012. Grants of armorial bearings are honours from the Canadian Crown that provide recognition for Canadian individuals and corporate bodies and the contributions they make both in Canada and elsewhere. Called letters patent, the official document includes the final artistic illustration of the armorial bearings accompanied by a legal text. Signed by the appropriate officials, the seal of the Canadian Heraldic Authority is applied and the grant is entered in the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, and the official notice of the grant is published in Part I of the Canada Gazette.

LCdr Kathryn Hodgson Supports Sailors for a Cure

Hello Everyone,

Today was the big day in shaving off my hair in support of Sailors for a Cure. Attached is a photograph of me with Petty Officer Bruce Bevil. Bruce is the man behind Sailors for a Cure, a cause he created in support of his sister-in-law who has been battling cancer for the past 9 years. All funds raised in the name of Sailors for a Cure are directly donated to one of two registered charities; Wellspring and Canadian Cancer Foundation.

By the time my hair was buzzed off this morning, we raised a total of $2072.39 towards the head shaving. I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful generosity and support. Also, after the head shaving, I received numerous words of thanks from both organizations and from Bruce’s family and I want to pass their gratitude on to you. YOU have had a dramatic impact on the lives of many. You may never see it, but with all your heart, know that you have made a difference.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,


Welcome * Bienvenue


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Personnel Selection Officer’ Association (PSOA). The Association is comprised of both Regular and Reserve Force serving and retired PSOs, as well as various associate members who share common professional interests and backgrounds.

Executive Committee


Nous aimerions profiter de cette occasion pour vous souhaiter la bienvenue à l’Association des officiers de sélection du personnel (AOSP). L’association comprend des officiers de sélection du personnel de la Force régulière et de la Réserve en service et retraités, ainsi que des membres associés partageant des intérêts et des antécédents professionnels communs.

Comité exécutif

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