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June 23, 2015

The C&E Network – Our People

All Members of the C&E Family

As most of you know our Col Comdt has initiated a effort to establish a C&E community organization that is inclusive and effective in addressing the needs of all members and Associations.

One of the focus areas of this initiative relates directly to support to our people with specific emphasis on our veteran community.  How do we as a community contribute to the well-being of all past, present and future military communicators?

Over the past several months some initial thought has gone into just what this phrase – Support to Our People means – what is included and how it should be executed.  Attached you will find a draft of the some initial ideas and thoughts related to this effort.  There remains much to be done and what has been started  can only be described as a Work in Progress.  Any advice or suggestions that you might wish to provide would be more than welcome.  The intention would be to provide a more focused survey for members in the future.  And perhaps we can also start a blog that provides updates on ongoing activities and more general information.  Once again any input or offers to assist would be greatly appreciated.  You may either offer you comments via this means or directly to me…Kevin O’Keefe at kevlok@rogers.com

Yours in Signals,

Kevin O’Keefe

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Chris Mail
June 23, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Greetings from Evamarie and I from sunny Victoria.

Thank you to you and the others in your efforts in this important endeavor. The points you raise are key to its success.

I offer two suggestions. Firstly, we need to engage the Reserve component of the Branch, especially after the demise of the Conmunication Reserve. Secondly, there may be value in considering creating regional groups to better aid serving and retired members, e.g. BC, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada. It is important that the efforts considered are not Kingston and/or Ottawa centric. I would be willing to assist the BC group in forming or amalgamating existing BC groups.

Hope all is going well with you and your family. Please contact us if you are in town. Take care,

Col (Retd) Chris Weicker

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cl2ncy135
June 23, 2015 at 2:53 PM

HI Chris,

Thank you for your comments. We agree with the need to include the Reserves in any discussion and intend to do so. Regarding regional representation…I couldn’t agree more. However, it is not our intention to amalgamate any existing groups but to use their existing network to get information out to our members in their areas. Our goal is to be a network of networks.

Best,

Kevin

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Gene Scheidl
June 25, 2015 at 6:03 PM

I agree with Chris Weiker’s, comment on the Reserves. In the past,the Reserves were isolated and formed the
Council which sat on the CDA. It is also very important to get across to both junior officers and other ranks, the
importance of the Association. Also if we are to be a C&E wide organization, then we must bring in the
Air Force telecom and radar members. Most looked on the C&E A as being RCSigs. When I worked in ACHQ in Winnipeg, this was their view.

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cl2ncy135
June 26, 2015 at 8:19 AM

Gene,

I couldn’t agree more and we are making every effort to keep the Reserves first and foremost in any discussions. LCol Brian McDonnell has been part of the team from the outset and has ensured the Reserve viewpoint has been inserted throughout. As well, BGens Charron and Fraser have addressed the issue of the RCAF Telecom and radar communities. Our intention is to be inclusive and focus on all of our C&E family.

Thanks again Gene for your comments and please stay engaged as we try and move this effort forward.

Best regards,

Kevin

Sent from my iPhone

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Allen Batchelar, LCol ret'd, Kelowna, British Columbia
July 3, 2015 at 6:16 PM

I agree with the comments already presented and have thought about this issue for quite some time. I too have considered making an attempt to gather Branch veterans in my area, but then I consider for what purpose. It is easy to say that the Branch is Kingston or Ottawa centric. The reason for that is simple. That is where the “action” is. Kingston is our Branch home and hopefully always will be and Ottawa is the centre of our Branches activity.
Those of us in the hinterland can meet and reminisce while those in Kingston can have some influence over new members of the Branch. One of those activities is looking in the rear view mirror while the other looks forward. As one who always preferred to look forward I am sometimes envious of those still participating in Branch activities, but have come to the conclusion there is no real role for those of us in many parts of this country other than be supportive of the many initiatives underway.
While we are limited in our ability to participate we can take solace from the fact that we were all once a vital part of this great community and now we are fortunate to live in great places, just not Kingston or thankfully Ottawa.

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