Category Archives: Veterans Concerns Committee (VCC)

News pertaining to the Veterans Concerns Committee

The Canadian Military History Podcast

Former 32 Brigade Sergeant Major, Captain Mike Lacroix CD website that hosts the stories of Canada’s Military Veterans; Past, Present and Eventually Future.  Stories are preserved in an audio format creating a living history record for all time.

Please take the time to bookmark this site and check back often for updates.  He’s seeking Canadian Armed Forces Veterans of all eras who are willing to be interviewed and have a story to tell.


Dieppe Blue Beach Every Man Remembered Event – RCL Barrie – Sunday Aug 21 2016

Hello Association Members & Greater Regimental Family,

I attended an event which Jayne and Mark coordinated and organized yesterday afternoon at the RCL in Barrie.

This event was for the families & relatives of The Royal Regiment of Canada Soldiers who participated in the Dieppe Raid on August 19 1942.

There were tables setup that had signs of the respective companies for which the Soldiers where apart of that the families sat at as well as table displays with rifles, battle dress, pictures, stories, laptop displays etc…

Jayne & Mark also setup a table for The Association with information on joining up.

The First part of the event was a mixed meet and mingle of everyone once they arrived and to see the table displays of personal individual items of the Soldiers.

Then we proceeded to have a Lunch along with an informal discussion from Jayne & Mark regarding the Dieppe Blue Beach Every Man Remembered Project and laptop display of the Dieppe Raid and the soldiers of the families & relatives who where in attendance relating the experiences of what they went through during and after.

Jayne & Mark ensured that the families and relatives of the Soldiers of the Dieppe Raid where acknowledged. They also talked about the Return To Dieppe – 75th Anniversary Trip – August 2017.

Jayne called me up to talk about The Association.

I spoke about that it was an honor to attend and to meet families and relatives of the Soldiers who served with the Regiment that participated in the Dieppe Raid.

I also talked about what the Association has been up to and working on recently and that we also plan to go back to Dieppe next year.

After the informal discussion laptop display was over the families & relatives continued to mix, mingle and ask questions.

I’m happy and glad to see that the project is well on it’s way with more connections and information being found out.

I would like to acknowledge and Thank both Jayne and Mark for the extensive research, hard work and efforts to get there project off the ground.

Excellent job!

Keep up the great work!


WO Glen Moore CD (Ret’d) – Vice President and Webmaster
The Royal Regiment of Canada Association

Thank you for attending and participating in the CNE Warriors’ Day Parade Saturday August 20 2016

The Royal Regiment of Canada Association Return To Dieppe 75TH Anniversary Mon Aug 14 – Tues Aug 23 2017 Trip

Lets help and support Former Royal Dave Cuthbertson

Hello Association Members,

Lets help out a Royal in need:

Here’s an update from Mihail Murgoci:

It would be appreciated if you could let the Association know, and also put on Facebook that a former Royal by the name of Dave Cuthbertson has been admitted to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at 610 University Avenue where he is going to undergo a bone marrow transplant at the end of Sep. He is the Royal who created all those Royals badges one sees screwed on the various doors in unit lines. Dave will really appreciate hearing or getting visits from Royals. He is located on the 15th Floor, A Unit in Rm 703. It is probably a good idea to call him before visiting as he might not always be in his room. His cell phone nbr is (416) 655—7247.



Dieppe – Blue Beach Every Man Remembered – Return to Dieppe 75th Anniversary – Sat Aug 19 2017

See Jayne Turvey’s Dieppe – Blue Beach Every Man Remembered – Return to Dieppe 75th Anniversary – Sat Aug 19 2017 Trip Information which is also being done along side of The Association’s Trip Return to Dieppe 75th Anniversary – Sat Aug 19 2017:

Royals newsletter info in a photo



Passing of Maj (Ret’d) John Vintar Sr. CD

Hello Association Members,


Were sorry to hear and inform you about the passing of Maj (Ret’d) John Vintar Sr. CD.

More details will follow.

Hello Association Members,


Details for Major John Vintar Sr:

John (Janez) Vintar, February 20, 1929 – August 1, 2016.

John Vintar was reunited with Jesus, his mother, Angela, and his father, Gregor, Aug. 1, 2016, at the age of 87.

Beloved husband of Therese for 63 years, loving father of Gregory, Alan (Jacquelyn Waller) and John (Jacqueline Smith) and treasured grandfather to Alan and Jacquelyn’s children Tessa, Graydon and Luka.

John came to Canada at age 5 from Vintarji, near Velike Lašče, Slovenia. He grew up in Timmins, trapping, fishing and hunting. He earned his BA at the University of Western Ontario, and returned to Timmins as principal of Broadway School where he met and married the love of his life, Therese Charette. When John was invited to be geography master at Toronto Teachers College, they moved to Leaside, and John went on to receive his B.Ed, M.Ed and Ed.D at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Vintar taught from elementary to graduate school; his administrative positions included Director of Education for Huron-Perth while living in Stratford, and Superintendent of Personnel at Dufferin-Peel while living in Mississauga.

He was appointed to the Senate of York University, served on the Education Faculty Council at both York and U of T, and received many honours.

He served with The Algonquin Regiment and The Royal Regiment of Canada, retiring with the rank of Major. He was awarded the Canadian Decoration for service.

John paid homage to his homeland when he researched and wrote the book From Lipa to Maple, on Slovenian emigration during 1920–1940.

After his retirement, John and Terri became very active grandparents to Tessa, Graydon and Luka.

A kinder, gentler, more honourable and loving man has never walked this earth. Close and extended family and his many, many friends will miss him desperately until we see him again.

John will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Slovenian Church at 739 Brown’s Line, Toronto, August 13, 2016:

10 am visitation,

11 am Mass,

noon–2 pm reception.

If desired, memorial donations can be sent to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Slovenian Church, or the Canadian Slovenian Historical Society. Messages of condolence are welcomed at



Val Flynn Honoured by TTC – Veterans Affairs Commendation

A follow up for Val Flynn who was nominated and received the Veterans Affairs Commendation in June 2016.

Congratulations Val, well deserved!

TTC employee & R Regt C Association member was honoured by
the Toronto Transit Commission.

Linking employees and pensioners with more TTC headlines and stories at

Valorie Flynn is congratulated by retired General Walt Natyncyk for her dedication to veterans.

M&P’s Flynn honoured by Veterans Affairs

“Words cannot explain the joy I have when I’m with them,” says Storeperson Valorie Flynn. She’s referring to Canadian veterans and serving them has earned her the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. Flynn was one of handful of Ontario residents who were honoured for their care and dedication to Canada’s veterans on June 16.

At a special ceremony in Mississauga, General (retired) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, presented the award on behalf of The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

“I was really surprised to be nominated and then receive the Commendation. There is nothing that makes me happier than to see the beautiful smiles on the veterans’ faces when I take them out for a day or overnight,” Flynn says.

The Veterans Affairs’ citation is a glowing tribute to the care, compassion and respect Flynn demonstrates for veterans through an extraordinary amount of volunteer time. She is a Life Member of the Royal Regiment of Canada Association since 2009, where she is a cadet liaison with the 2736 Cadet Corps. As a Director, Flynn has been involved with the Veterans Concerns Committee, which was recently developed and organized to serve veterans.

At Sunnybrook Hospital, Flynn promotes quality of life by ensuring veterans are involved in hobbies. She also assists with day trips to various events, such as the regimental ceremonial parades and the CNE’s Warriors’ Day. Flynn volunteers at Sunnybrook’s Blythwood Social Club by serving food and refreshments to veterans.

She’s very active with the Royal Canadian Legion, serving as Service Officer of Branch 266/46, where she ensures veterans are receiving the benefits they’re entitled to during home visits or visits at the branch. She also helps veterans determine and apply for eligible medals. Flynn also assists at many legion events, including poppy drives.

“I have been getting our cadets involved with the older veterans serving them their Christmas and Easter lunches at the legion. I will always take pride in whatever I’m doing with any veteran both young and old,” she says. It’s in tribute to my mother, and all her brothers, who were in the military serving in WWII during their young lives. Some made it back and some didn’t.”

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation was established in 2001 by warrant of the Governor General and with the approval of Queen Elizabeth II.