By Col Richard Goodyear, CFSU(O) Commandant
January is coming to an end today on a promising and positive note regarding mental health support in the Defence Community. Amongst various DND/CAF initiatives put in place, the Bell Let’s Talk panel discussion was held earlier today at NDHQ (Pearkes) in conjunction with the national campaign. Mental fitness is essential to our members’ wellbeing and operational readiness and I encourage those who require it to take advantage of the support and the resources available in our community. I invite you to read our article on the topic to learn more.
Speaking of fitness, Winterlude is starting on Friday in the National Capital Region with fun activities planned for all ages on both sides of the river. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this winter festival, which promises to be a fantastic one. Please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/winterlude.html for more details on the schedule.
On Friday we also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Logistics Branch. The jubilee celebrations will be held at the Cartier Square Drill Hall from 1300-1500 hrs. All military and civilian Branch members are invited to come and enjoy the cake and festivities.
Please note that next week is Security Awareness Week. Starting on February 5th, the Director General Defence Security will be hosting information kiosks on the Concourse of NDHQ (Pearkes) as well as other DND buildings such as NDHQ (Carling). This year’s theme is Goal Zero.
And finally, this morning at NDHQ (Pearkes) we had the honour of welcoming the Latvian Minister of National Defence with a 50-person guard of honour led by CWO Dubuc’s ceremonial cell.
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