FORCES SPEAKER 'DOUBLE FEATURE" EVENT
Canadian Forces members will be in Kelowna to speak to those interested
in finding out more about the overseas humanitarian and civil assistance
efforts of the Canadian Forces.
Saturday, 18 September 2010 between 1 and 4 p.m
Where: Okanagan Military Museum - 1424 Ellis Street
(Memorial Arena) - in the museum’s 2nd floor Heritage
Speaker’ Double Feature’ Program:
2:15 p.m. Commander Josee Kurtz, who commands HMCS HALIFAX,
one of the Canadian Navy’s Patrol Frigates will speak about her
ship’s role in OP HESTIA, the operational code name for Canada’s
military and naval efforts to provide support to the earthquake stricken
country of Haiti and its people. A 15 minute question period will follow
Cdr Kurtz’s presentation.
• 2:15-2:45 p.m. Intermission – coffee,
tea and cakes (offered courtesy of the OMMS).
• 2:45-4:00 p.m. Capt Cynthia Larue, A Canadian
Forces Reserve Force Public Affairs Officer recently returned from an
eight-month tour of duty with the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT)
in Kandahar, Afghanistan, will speak on her experiences working with
the PRT in its mission to assist in humanitarian assistance efforts
in that area. A 15 minute question period will follow Captain Larue’s
Due to seating limitations those interested in attending either
or both presentations are requested to contact OMMS Secretary Teresa
Boehmer at tel: 250-763-9292 /email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve seating.
Josee Kurtz, Commanding Officer HMCS HALIFAX
HESTIA: Canada’s Response to the Earthquake
in Haiti -
A “Look-Back” with Commander Josée Kurtz
task was too big or too small and the positive results achieved are
a testament to the flexibility and agility of Canada’s sailors.”
~ Commander Josée Kurtz
On January 12,
2010, a catastrophic earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck
Haiti, close to Port-au-Prince. The quake caused widespread devastation
and loss of life.
was the Canadian Forces participation in humanitarian operations conducted
in response to the catastrophic earthquake. From their arrival hours
after the earthquake, approximately 2,000 personnel from the Army, Navy
and Air Force helped countless people and provided medical care and
humanitarian aid assistance, such as food and water delivery, security,
engineering services, and search and rescue support.
HMCS Halifax transported
hundreds of medical personnel, sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen
ashore. Commander Josée Kurtz (Commanding Officer, HMCS Halifax)
should know, as she and her crew played a vital role in the relief ffort,
delivering basic comfort amid fear, destruction and distress.
You are invited
to take the opportunity to hear from Commander Josée Kurtz as
she reflects on Canada’s response in Haiti known as Operation
HESTIA. The presentation reveals the immense scope of the operation
and the remarkable efforts of the Canadian Forces, and their dedication
to the Haitian populations of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and Léogâne.
Cynthia Larue, with local Afghan children
RECONSTRUCTION TEAM IN KANDAHAR: Canada’s efforts
in assisting the people of Afghanistan reconstruction of their governmental
and societal services – with Captain Cynthia Larue.
Captain Cynthia Larue served
as the Public Affairs Officer for the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction
Team (KPRT) during an eight-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The bi-national, civilian and Canadian-led
Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) is located at Camp Nathan
Smith in Kandahar City, the former heartland of the Taliban regime.
Located in the South of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kandahar
is one of the Afghan provinces in greatest need of support and is also
among those most targeted by insurgents.
The civilian Director of
the KPRT manages a team that combines the expertise of both Canadian
and U.S diplomats and development specialists, Canadian police officers,
including the RCMP, Canadian corrections experts and the military. Canada
has approximately 80 civilian staff working out of the KPRT. The KPRT
is one of 27 international PRTs across Afghanistan helping the democratically-elected
government of Afghanistan extend its authority and ability to govern,
rebuild the nation, and provide services to its citizens. To do so,
the KPRT works on projects that have impacts in the short, medium and
long term. The most important achievements will be those that foster
long-term, sustainable benefits to the Afghan people. At the same time,
“quick impact” projects are also being carried out across
the province to respond to the immediate needs that Afghans face in
their daily lives. In addition to the bi-national KPRT, Camp Nathan
Smith also houses a detachment of ISAF Regional Command (South) Headquarters,
U.S. military forces and a U.S. Army military police unit. This co-location,
and the partnership that exists within the bi-national KPRT, ensures
that there is cohesion between Canada’s efforts in Kandahar province
and those of the United States. After five years of continuous responsibility
for Camp Nathan Smith and the Kandahar City operating area, responsibility
for the camp security and management was transferred from Canada to
the United States in early August 2010 in line with the new division
of coalition responsibilities in Southern Afghanistan. Accommodating
several organizations including the KPRT, it is now a major coalition
base in Kandahar City—an area for which the U.S. re-assumed responsibility
in mid July 2010.
The August 2010 transfer of responsibility means that life support services
such as camp security, health care, food and accommodations are now
provided by the U.S. This administrative transfer does not affect the
management of the Canadian-led KPRT or its focus on Canada’s stated
priorities and signature projects.