Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation

 

Introduction

  1. The Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation is an award that has been instituted as a means of recognizing admirable service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. As an award, it ranks between the exceptional service of the Colonel Commandant’s Commendation and the immediate recognition for a particular service for the Colonel Commandant’s Coin. As the office of the Colonel Commandant is the single most visible institution binding all Canadian Gunners, units, and organizations it is only fitting that the award is presented in his name after receiving his personal approval.
  2. To obtain maximum value from the certificate, it is only awarded for admirable service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Care must be taken to ensure that the award is not awarded so often as to trivialize its status and must not duplicate or replace any existing award or commendation.

Aim

  1. The aim of the Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation is to provide a method whereby suitable candidates, either individuals, units or other organizations, may be recognized for admirable service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
    Procedures
  2. Eligibility – Any individual, group or organization, military or civilian, which deserved recognition for admirable service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, are eligible to receive the Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation.
  3. Submissions – Submissions are to be signed by a Commanding Officer. Each submission should describe the reason for the nomination, and should include the recommended wording for the certificate itself. The wording should be brief, to the point, and should not exceed the 200 words. Nominations for recipients can be forwarded to the Regimental Major at anytime. Submissions will be reviewed within 10 working days and forwarded to the Colonel Commandant for final approval. Narratives, where possible, should be in bilingual format.

Presentation

  1. The Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation is a unique scroll. It contains a brief narrative outlining the service for which the certificate is presented. The scroll will always be signed by, and where circumstances permit, be presented personally by the Colonel Commandant. In those instances where the Colonel Commandant is not present, the scroll will be presented by a senior gunner officer or Commanding Officer in a ceremony befitting the importance of awarding the Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreception.
  2. The Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation will be forwarded in a folder for presentation to the recipient’s unit. Units will provide RHQ RCA with the date on which the award is to be presented, and where the commendation certificate is to be sent. The RCA Regimental Fund will cover the cost of the Certificate as well as shipping and handling.

Recipients

December 2011

CFB Kingston. Dedicated personnel from the Engineer and Logistics Support Services sections from Canadian Forces Base Kingston recently restored an L5 howitzer which is proudly on display at The Royal Canadian Legion in Kingston, Ontario. The superb refurbishment of this important piece of regimental history is a critical part of the effort to demonstrate our commitment and respect to the Veterans who served these guns and enables The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to honourably tell our story. For their loyalty, dedication, and devotion to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of The Regiment, the Engineer and Logistics Support Services sections are awarded the Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation.

September 2011

Colonel (Retired) Pierre Boucher, OMM, CD (Donor – Bronze) – Colonel (Retired) Pierre Boucher is hereby recognized for his commitment to the Royal Regiment as a member of the National Office of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign. In this capacity he displayed great loyalty and energy, in helping develop the national campaign and establish the national office. In so doing he contributed greatly to the success of the Heritage Program. Colonel Boucher has been a loyal member of the national team, an unfailing supporter of the Royal Regiment and a great Gunner. Good Shooting.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Gibson (Donor – Supporter) – Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Gibson is hereby recognized for his commitment to the Royal Regiment as the Ontario Regional Director of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign. In this capacity he displayed great loyalty and energy, in the establishment and management of the Ontario Regional office of the RCA Heritage Charitable Campaign. He also provided invaluable legal advice to the national office. His efforts and support contributed greatly to the success of the national campaign. Lieutenant Colonel Gibson has been a loyal member of the national team, an unfailing supporter of the Royal Regiment and a great Gunner. Good Shooting.

June 2011

Lt A.G. Holt, received an Honourable Mention for his 2010 entry in the Colonel Geoffrey Brooks Memorial Essay Contest entitled “History and Role of The IG.”   His succinct, yet interesting retelling of the history of the Instructors-In-Gunnery, will be with us for years to come.  Accordingly, I hereby present Lt A.G. Holt the Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of our gratitude and for his outstanding efforts on behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Mr John (Jack) Rhind, received an Honourable Mention for his 2010 entry in the Colonel Geoffrey Brooks Memorial Essay Contest entitled “Cassino Revisited.”   This riveting account of his personal experiences in Cassino, as B Troop Gun Position Officer during the Second World War in Monte Cassino, will be with us for years to come.  Accordingly, I hereby present the Colonel Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of our gratitude and for his outstanding efforts on behalf of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

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