In the world of sports, commentators will pause to highlight an athlete’s outstanding performance by mentioning that they “truly brought their A-game” or “definitely came to play” that day. Not only do such players demonstrate an ability to rise to the occasion and leave everything on the field, but in doing so they inspire others to elevate their own performance as well. This year, the PSEL Branch will say farewell to one such teammate—Capt Owen Kolasky.
Effective August 18th, 2021, Capt Kolasky will don the cap badge of the Medical Services Branch and march off to Queen’s University to begin a four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. His curious mind, positive interpersonal skills, calm analytical abilities and consistent perseverance fueled by a desire to help others will hold him in good stead as he navigates through medical school, residency phases and future postings.
Capt Kolasky was presented with the PSEL Branch Advisor’s Certificate on June 22nd during a visit to Ottawa. The caption reads as follows:
CAPTAIN OWEN KOLASKY, CD
2013 to 2021
Captain Owen Kolasky provided eight years of service to the Personnel Selection Branch. From 2013 to 2017, he completed his Honours degree in Psychology at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston. During the summer academic breaks, he gained valuable experience working within the Psychology Department at RMCC and at the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre. Following the Basic PSEL residency phase in Borden, Capt
Kolasky completed the practical phase of his PSEL training and his first posting at the Base Personnel Selection Office (BPSO) in Kingston, ON from 2017 to 2020. From 2020 to 2021, he served as the J7 Selection Coordinator for the Military Police Group. He was admired for his perseverance, dedication and professional approach. His hard work and support to members have been highly valued and greatly appreciated by the Personnel Selection Branch and the Canadian Armed Forces.
Prior to joining the PSEL Branch, Capt Kolasky served 10 years as an Infantryman, bringing with him the valuable understanding of junior CAF members’ perspectives and the need to support them at all phases of their careers. Please join me in thanking Owen for his noteworthy contribution to the PSEL Branch and wishing him success in his future endeavours as a Medical Officer.
LCol Lynne Poirier