Evening with the Chief of the Defence Staff at the Cedar Creek Estate
Walter Natynczyk,CMM,MSC,CD - Chief of the Defence Staff
Support Our Troops - Okanagan Committee,
made up of the Cedar Creek Estate Winery, the Okanagan Military Museum
Society (OMMS) and the British Columbia Dragoons (BCD) Regimental family
sponsored a fundraising social event on Monday. August 16, 2010.
This very special occasion was held at Cedar Creek Estate Winery on
5445 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna where Canada’s Chief of Defence,
General Walter Natynczyk, CMM, MSC, CD, spoke on the
topic- The Canadian Forces: Today and Tomorrow.
sailors, airmen and women are admirably serving in locations around
the world and in all parts of Canada. Canadians are aware of the challenges
these serving members face and the sacrifices they make but might not
be as aware of the needs of their families back home in Canada. Through
this special event we offered an opportunity for those in our Okanagan
communities who wish to contribute to programs that support both our
military families and common heritage to do so. The over $25,000 of
donated funds raised at our event will be used for programs that have
two themes -military families and our Okanagan military heritage.
will benefit from donations to the national Military Families Fund and
the local BCD Military Families Support Fund. Military heritage will
benefit through the services that the Okanagan Military Museum Society
provide to our community in preserving and displaying our military heritage.
The evening program was a great success with over 150 participants.
Guests had the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Defence in the
pavilion prior to his presentation.
would like to formally recognize the sponsoring organizations for this
event and also those local sponsors who contributed to its great success.
On behalf of the men and women of the Canadian Forces and their families...thank
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
Our Troops- Okanagan Committee is composed of several Okanagan organizational
and business stakeholders that share the common aim of supporting Canadian
Forces members and their families from this region and our common Okanagan
military heritage. These include the Cedar Creek Winery, the British
Columbia Dragoons Regimental family and Okanagan Military Museum Society.
Proceeds from the Support Our Troops-Okanagan Committee’s- Evening
at the Cedar Creek Winery with the Chief of Defence Staff event on August
16, 2010 will be applied to the following causes:
Canadians have approached and asked how they could support our troops
and their families in a variety of ways. This fund gives that generosity
a home, and will provide us with a unique opportunity to support our
families in the dark hours when they call out for help."
Hillier, Former Chief of the Defence Staff
Military Families Fund (MFF) is an agile and responsive means
for Base and Wing Commanders, in concert with the Military Family Resources
Centres (MFRCs) across the country, to help military families within
hours of being advised of need. It will help with short-term emergencies
and also provide long-term support. The MFF allows Canadian Forces (CF)
leadership to meet the special-case needs of CF members and their families
with speed and flexibility not always available through the traditional
programs. The MFF enhances and complements, it does not replace, existing
public and non-public programs. The Fund fills the gaps by providing
for the unforeseen and often immediate needs that families may have
due to conditions of service.
The MFF works with the already established and substantial existing
support programs offered through the Canadian Forces Personnel Support
Agency (CFPSA) and elsewhere, to CF members and their families. The
MFF allows for several areas of support, including rehabilitation, education,
financial assistance in the case of injury or death of a CF member due
to service, and urgent and extraordinary financial demands where the
ability to provide family necessities is at risk.
British Columbia Dragoons “The Okanagan’s Own” Regimental
Military Family Support Fund has been created as a means to
provide local support to the families of members of the Regiment in
the overall context of the Military Families Fund mandate.
The Okanagan Military Museum Society (OMMS) is a non-profit,
charitable organization dedicated to preserving our common regional
military heritage through its support to the Okanagan Military Museum.
The OMMS is made up of individuals and organizations that have an abiding
interest in our military history and the preservation of this aspect
of the Okanagan’s heritage. The collection and public display
of artifacts relevant to the experiences of Okanagan residents who have
served in our armed services are the chief means of achieving this aim.
OMMS volunteers contribute time, effort and expertise to the maintenance
and development of the museum. They are dedicated to providing a valuable
service to the community through the continuing presence of the military
museum as both a cultural and educational facility for the public. The
society members are involved in all aspects of the museum's operations
and policies related to its future development working cooperatively
with Kelowna Museums staff and through participation in Executive Board
of the Kelowna Museums Society.
CedarCreek event - Photo Gallery