Retirement – Major Jo-Anne Flawn-Laforge

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUBJ: RETIREMENT MESSAGE-MAJOR J.M. FLAWN-LAFORGE, CD2, PSEL 00208

  1. MAJ JO-ANNE FLAWN-LAFORGE WILL BE RETIRING ON 1 AUGUST 17 AFTER 33 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF).
  1. PRIVATE FLAWN ENROLLED IN THE CAF 31 MAY 1984. HER JOURNEY BEGAN AT CFB CORNWALLIS, WHERE SHE COMPLETED BASIC TRAINING FINISHING AS THE TOP RECRUIT BEFORE HEADING TO KINGSTON FOR ELECTRONICS TRAINING AND QL3 RADIO TECHNICIAN COURSE. HER FIRST POSTING WAS TO BASE TELECOM COLD LAKE, AB FROM 85-89. JO-ANNE REQUESTED AN ARMY POSTING AND WAS FORTUNATE TO BE POSTED TO 4 SERVICE BATTALION, LAHR GERMANY FROM 89-92. AFTER HER MARRIAGE TO MARCEL IN NOV 91 IT WAS BACK TO THE AIR FORCE IN MOOSE JAW, SASK WHERE MARTIN AND JULIE WERE BORN. IN 1995 JO-ANNE TRANSFERRED TO THE AIR RESERVE AND IN AUG 96, DAYS AWAY FROM GIVING BIRTH TO JEAN-PATRICK THEY LANDED IN GREENWOOD, NS. IN 1998 JO-ANNE COMPLETED A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE AFTER ALMOST 10 YEARS OF DISTANCE LEARNING. IN FEB 2000 JO-ANNE COMPLETED THE JUNIOR LEADERSHIP COURSE (JLC) RANKING IN THE TOP 3 AND IN MARCH SHE WAS PROMOTED TO MCPL IN THE MORNING AND OFFICER CADET AT THE END OF THE SAME DAY. CONCURRENTLY AND WITH THE HELP OF THE LOCAL PSO JO-ANNE WAS PURSURING HER CAREER GOAL TO BECOME A PERSONNEL SELECTION OFFICER (PSO). COMPLETING THE PSO BASIC QUALIFICATION COURSE IN APR 2000 FOLLOWED BY BASIC OFFICER TRAINING PART II IN AUG 2000 JO-ANNE WAS COMMISSIONED AND PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT. JO-ANNE COMPONENT TRANSFERRED BACK INTO THE REGULAR FORCES IN 2001 AFTER 6 YEARS IN THE AIR RESERVES. POSTED TO KINGSTON BASE PERSONNEL SELECTION OFFICE SHE COMPLETED HER TRAINING AND WAS PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN IN 2003. IN 2004 SHE WAS POSTED TO CANADIAN FORCES RECRUITING GROUP, CFB BORDEN AS THE DEPUTY RECRUITING PSO. IN 2008 JO-ANNE WAS POSTED TO DMCA IN OTTAWA WHERE SHE MANAGED BTL REASSIGNMENTS, OCCUPATION TRANSFERS AND UNIVERSITY TRAINING PROGRAMS. IN 2009 SHE WAS PROMOTED TO HER CURRENT RANK AND POSTED TO THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED JOINT PERSONNEL SUPPORT UNIT (JPSU) WHERE SHE WAS THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OFFICER IN CHARGE OF PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT, LESSONS LEARNED, COMMUNICATIONS AND RESEARCH. BY 2012 A NEW POSITION WAS CREATED IN REACTION TO THE EVER EXPANDING TRANSITION ROLE AND JO-ANNE BECAME THE CAF TRANSITION ADVISOR. IN ADDITION TO NATIONALLY MANAGING SCAN, SHE CREATED AND EXPANDED UPON PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO ASSIST TRANSITIONING MEMBERS INTO THEIR NEXT CAREER AND WORKED TIRELESSLY TO EDUCATE THE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR, ON THE VALUE OF HIRING VETERANS.
  1. AS PART OF HER TRANSITION PLANS, JO-ANNE HAS STARTED A MASTER’S DEGREE AT CARLETON IN PHILANTHROPY AND NON-PROFIT LEADERSHIP WHICH SHE WILL PURSUE ONLINE WHILE LIVING IN THE UK FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS WITH MARCEL AT RAF WADDINGTON. HER THREE CHILDREN, MARTIN, JULIE AND JEAN-PATRICK WILL REMAIN IN THE OTTAWA AREA.
  1. JO-ANNE’S DEPART WITH DIGNITY CEREMONY WILL OCCUR ON 23 JUNE AT 1300HRS AT THE MANDARIN RESTAURANT, 1377 OGILVIE ROAD, OTTAWA, ON. PLEASE RSVP NLT 21 JUNE 2017 BY EMAIL TO HEATHER.RYAN@FORCES.GC.CA OR BY TELEPHONE 613-901-8024.
  1. CONGRATULATORY LETTERS AND SHORT STORIES ARE WELCOME, PLEASE FORWARD THEM NLT 21 JUNE 2017, TO HEATHER.RYAN@FORCES.GC.CA

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OBJET : MESSAGE DE DEPART A LA RETRAITE – MAJOR J.M. FLAWN-LAFORGE, CD2, S PERS 00208

  1. LE MAJ JO-ANNE FLAWN-LAFORGE PRENDRA SA RETRAITE LE 1ER AOUT 2017 APRES 33 ANS DE BONS ET LOYAUX SERVICES ENVERS LES FORCES ARMEES CANADIENNES (FAC).
  1. LE SOLDAT FLAWN S ENROLE DANS LES FAC LE 31 MAI 1984. SON AVENTURE COMMENCE A LA BFC CORNWALLIS, OU ELLE EFFECTUE SON INSTRUCTION DE BASE ET REMPORTE LE TITRE DE MEILLEURE STAGIAIRE. ELLE SE REND ENSUITE A KINGSTON POUR SUIVRE UNE FORMATION EN ELECTRONIQUE ET LE COURS NQ3 DE TECHNICIEN RADIO. ELLE OBTIENT SA PREMIERE AFFECTATION A L UNITE DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS DE LA BASE DE COLD LAKE, EN ALBERTA, DE 1985 A 1989. LORSQU ELLE DEMANDE À ETRE AFFECTEE A L ARMEE, JO-ANNE A LA CHANCE D OBTENIR UN POSTE AU 4E BATAILLON DES SERVICES A LAHR, EN ALLEMAGNE, DE 1989 A 1992. APRES SON MARIAGE A MARCEL EN NOVEMBRE 1991, ELLE RETOURNE A LA FORCE AERIENNE A MOOSE JAW, EN SASKATCHEWAN, OU NAISSENT SES ENFANTS MARTIN ET JULIE. EN 1995, JO‑ANNE PASSE A LA RESERVE AERIENNE ET, EN AOUT 1996, A QUELQUES JOURS DE DONNER NAISSANCE A JEAN-PATRICK, ELLE ATTERRIT AVEC SA FAMILLE A GREENWOOD, EN NOUVELLE-ECOSSE. EN 1998, JO-ANNE OBTIENT UN BACCALAUREAT EN ARTS APRES PRES DE 10 ANS D APPRENTISSAGE A DISTANCE. EN FEVRIER 2000, JO-ANNE TERMINE LE COURS DE CHEF SUBALTERNE, SE CLASSANT PARMI LES TROIS MEILLEURS DE SA CLASSE, ET, EN MARS, ELLE EST PROMUE AU GRADE DE CPLC LE MATIN, PUIS AU GRADE D ELEVE-OFFICIER A LA FIN DE LA MEME JOURNEE. EN MEME TEMPS, AVEC L AIDE DE L OFFICIER DE SELECTION DU PERSONNEL (OSP) DE SA REGION, JO-ANNE POURSUIT SON OBJECTIF DE CARRIERE DE DEVENIR ELLE-MEME OSP. APRES AVOIR TERMINE LE COURS ÉLÉMENTAIRE D’OFFICER EN AVRIL 2000 PUIS LE COURS ELEMENTAIRE D OFFICIER, PARTIE 2, EN AOUT 2000, JO-ANNE RECOIT SA COMMISSION ET EST PROMUE LIEUTENANT. JO‑ANNE RETOURNE A LA FORCE REGULIERE EN 2001 APRES 6 ANS AU SEIN DE LA RESERVE AERIENNE. PENDANT QU ELLE EST EN POSTE AU BUREAU DE SELECTION DU PERSONNEL DE LA BFC KINGSTON, ELLE TERMINE SA FORMATION ET EST PROMUE CAPITAINE EN 2003. EN 2004, ELLE EST AFFECTEE AU GROUPE DE RECRUTEMENT DES FORCES CANADIENNES A LA BFC BORDEN EN TANT QU OSP ADJOINT DU RECRUTEMENT. EN 2008, JO-ANNE EST AFFECTEE AU DACM A OTTAWA, OU ELLE S OCCUPE DE GERER LES REAFFECTATIONS DE L EFE, LES RECLASSEMENTS ET LES PROGRAMMES DE FORMATION UNIVERSITAIRE. EN 2009, ELLE EST PROMUE A SON GRADE ACTUEL ET AFFECTEE A L UNITE INTERARMEES DE SOUTIEN DU PERSONNEL (UISP), NOUVELLEMENT MISE SUR PIED, EN TANT QU AGENTE DE L AMELIORATION CONTINUE CHARGEE DE LA MESURE DU RENDEMENT, DES LECONS RETENUES, DES COMMUNICATIONS ET DE LA RECHERCHE. EN 2012, LORSQU UN NOUVEAU POSTE EST CREE EN REPONSE AU ROLE DE PLUS EN PLUS ELARGI DE LA TRANSITION, JO-ANNE DEVIENT CONSEILLERE EN TRANSITION DES FAC. EN PLUS DE GERER LE SERVICE DE PREPARATION A UNE SECONDE CARRIERE (SPSC) A L ECHELLE NATIONALE, ELLE MET SUR PIED ET PERFECTIONNE DES PROGRAMMES ET SERVICES VISANT A AIDER LES MEMBRES EN TRANSITION DE CARRIERE, ET ELLE TRAVAILLE SANS RELACHE POUR SENSIBILISER L EFFECTIF CIVIL, AU PRIVE COMME AU PUBLIC, DE L AVANTAGE DE RECRUTER D ANCIENS COMBATTANTS.
  1. DANS LE CADRE DE SON PLAN DE TRANSITION, JO-ANNE A ENTREPRIS UNE MAITRISE A L UNIVERSITE CARLETON EN PHILANTHROPIE ET LEADERSHIP SANS BUT LUCRATIF. ELLE CONTINUERA CE PROGRAMME EN LIGNE TOUT EN VIVANT EN GRANDE-BRETAGNE PENDANT LES TROIS PROCHAINES ANNEES AVEC MARCEL A LA ROYAL AIR FORCE WADDINGTON. SES TROIS ENFANTS MARTIN, JULIE ET JEAN-PATRICK RESTERONT DANS LA REGION D OTTAWA.
  1. LA CEREMONIE DE DEPART DANS LA DIGNITE DE JO-ANNE AURA LIEU LE 23 JUIN A 13 H AU RESTAURANT MANDARIN, 1377 CHEMIN OGILVIE, OTTAWA (ONTARIO). VEUILLEZ CONFIRMER VOTRE PRESENCE APTL 21 JUIN 2017 PAR COURRIEL A HEATHER.RYAN@FORCES.GC.CA OU PAR TELEPHONE AU 613‑901‑8024.
  1. LES LETTRES DE FELICITATIONS ET DE COURTES HISTOIRES SONT LES BIENVENUES. VEUILLEZ LES ENVOYER PAR COURRIEL A HEATHER.RYAN@FORCES.GC.CA APTL 21 JUIN 2017

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
hankesdrielsma@gmail.com
(613) 387-3274
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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.
Digger

Maj Natasha Lewis

Maj LewisOn 23 June 2016, Natasha Lewis was promoted to the rank of Maj by the CFRG HQ CO, Maj Derrick Vignola in the presence of her husband, WO Sean Gould and the unit’s members, as well as PSOs from CFB Borden. Maj Lewis will be posted this summer to CFB Edmonton as the BPSO. Congratulations to Maj Lewis and we wish her good luck in her new functions.

Le 23 juin 2016, Natasha Lewis a été promue au grade de Maj par le Cmdt du QG GRFC, le Maj Derrick Vignola en présence de son époux, l’Adj Sean Gould et les membres de l’unité, ainsi que des OSP de la BFC Borden. Le Maj Lewis sera mutée cet été à la BFC Edmonton en tant qu’OSPB. Félicitations au Maj Lewis et nous lui souhaitons bonne chance dans ses nouvelles fonctions.

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 – http://www.heartandcrown.ca/dubliner.aspx
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.
 
Intellegere!
 
Dave Spurgeon
PSOA Eastern Ontario Representative
613-996-2429
 
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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 – http://www.heartandcrown.ca/dubliner.aspx
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
http://octranspo1.com/planificateur/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!

http://www.psel.org/

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

Intellegere!

Dave Spurgeon
représentant régional AOSP
613-996-2429

RETIREMENT – CDR SARAH K. MCMILLAN

UNCLAS

SUBJ: RETIREMENT – CDR SARAH K. MCMILLAN PSEL
1. AFTER MORE THAN 25 YEARS LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, CDR SARAH MCMILLAN WILL BE RETIRING 15 JAN 16
2. SARAH ENROLLED AT THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES RECRUITING CENTRE IN OTTAWA ON 28 JUNE 1990 AS A MARS OFFICER. SHE ATTENDED BOTH COLLEGE MILITAIRE ROYAL DE ST-JEAN AND ROYAL ROADS MILITARY COLLEGE IN VICTORIA, GRADUATING IN 1995. SHE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED MARS
TRAINING IN 1997 BEFORE ACCEPTING AN OCCUPATIONAL TRANSFER TO PERSONNEL SELECTION (PSEL). SHE TRAINED AS A PSO IN HALIFAX AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SELECTED FOR POST-GRADUATE TRAINING AT SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE EARNED MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY IN 2001
3. AS A MARS OFFICER SARAH SERVED IN HMC SHIPS ORIOLE, YUKON, MIRAMICHI, PRESERVER, VILLE DE QUEBEC, ATHABASKAN AND IROQUOIS, PRIOR TO BECOMING A LANDLUBBER. AS A PSEL OFFICER SHE HAS SERVED AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA IN KINGSTON, AS GROUP PSO IN CFB BORDEN, FORMATION PSO IN HALIFAX, AND HAS COMPLETED SEVERAL PERSONNEL AND RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS IN THE NCR. SHE CITES HER DEPLOYMENT TO KABUL IN 2013 AS SENIOR HR ADVISOR TO THE AFGHAN ARMY AS A CAREER HIGHLIGHT, BUT THAT IS LIKELY ONLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT SHE NEVER GOT TO VISIT A FOREIGN PORT WITH ME
4. SARAH IS COMPLETING HER CAREER BACK WHERE IT BEGAN, WORKING FOR THE RCN IN OUR NATION S CAPITAL. SARAH HAS ACCEPTED EMPLOYMENT WITH A PRIVATE FIRM AND WILL BE REMAINING IN OTTAWA WITH HER HUSBAND ANDREW, HER THREE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS AND HER EXTENDED FAMILY
5. SARAH HAS DECLINED A FORMAL DWD BUT A PRIVATE LUNCHEON WILL BE HELD TO SAY FAREWELL AND HONOUR HER YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE

6. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES, SALTY DIPS, ANECDOTES, AND BEST WISHES CAN BE FORWARDED TO CDR RAMONA BURKE AT RAMONA.BURKE(AT)FORCES.GC.CA

Passing of a PSel Colleague: LCol (ret) Harold Mendes, CD, PhD

edb9146b-b6a4-45e8-ae02-f5d3070a2b7c Obituary

MENDES, Harold C., Ph.D., L Col (ret), DTM

May 1948 – Sep 2015

Harold lived life to the fullest and passed peacefully supported by his wife, Christiane, children Kristine (Sean), and Karl (Hollis), siblings Maurice (Claudette), Georges (Christine), Michel (Carmen), Sylvia (Bernard), Simon-Pierre (Ginette), and many nephews and nieces.
As he dealt with the challenging moments of his failing health, Harold saw every day as a gift, all the while displaying extraordinary courage, optimism, and stoicism.
Harold often expressed how grateful he was to have such supportive family and friends, and how appreciative he was of the care given by those in the medical community. You are too numerous to mention by name, but you know who you are. Thank you all.
Family will receive friends on Sat. Sep 26 @ St Paul’s Anglican Church (20 Young Rd, Kanata) from noon until the time to celebrate Harold’s life in Sanctuary at 3 PM. A reception will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St Paul’s Anglican Church or the The Ride (Ottawa Hospital Foundation Cancer Fundraiser).

Funeral

St.Paul’s Anglican Church

20 Young Road, Kanata, CANADA, K2L 1W1

Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 3:00 PM