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You’re Invited! The 12th Man Film Screening

An item from a fellow Bay Area veterans organization.

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The 12th Man

Just announced!
The 12th Man – Special Film Screening and Panel
at the Marines’ Memorial Club – 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

23 January 2020 – 6:00pm film screening, panel discussion to follow

About The 12th Man:
This breathtaking action adventures tells an incredible true-life story of heroism and a man’s unbreakable will to live. Norway, 1943: after a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia. It’s a harrowing journey across unforgiving, frozen wilderness that will stretch on for months – and force Jan to take extreme action in order to survive. With gut-punching realism and vivid psychological immediacy, director Harald Zwart pays tribute to one man’s extraordinary courage – and to the everyday heroes who helped him along the way. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers costars.

On January 23rd at 6pm, the Marines’ Memorial and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco will show this inspiring film at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco.  Following the viewing, a panel discussion will feature the director and producer, Harald Zwart, producer Veslemøy Ruud Zwart, and actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

This event is free and open to the public.

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This event is presented by Marines’ Memorial Association & Foundation and Royal Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco

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Canadian of the Month + Free Poppy

An interesting article recently published by Canadians Abroad LA on our new Zone Commander, Ron Davidson.

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Dear Members,

This month we celebrate the heros who have devoted their lives to serving in our armed forces. November 11th marks an important day for Canadians, but also Americans and others as we take time to reflect on our veterans, their selflessness and those who have fallen. We are so proud to showcase Ronald Davidson, a Canadian and true life hero who has served and now continues to give back as a special education teacher. We salute you Ron and all of our veterans, and thank you for your sacrifice. Lest We Forget

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– Erin Buckley Burnett, co-President Canadians Abroad


November’s Canadian of the Month
Ronald Davidson
Special Education Teacher & Zone Commander, Royal Canadian Legion 

Ronald was born in Nanaimo, BC and graduated from the University of Victoria in 1987 with a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and History. It was during his time in College that he joined the Canadian Militia, and the 5th  Field Battery of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. He rose to the rank of Bombardier (Corporal). During his time with the 5th Field Battery he trained to be a Gunner, Radio Operator and learned Infantry tactics. He was with the RCA for five years until his University career ended and was offered a teaching position in sunny California. There he taught physical education and Adapted Physical Education at a non-public school in Alhambra He stayed there for 10 years and rose to the rank of Middle School Program Coordinator. It was there that he met his future wife Linda, who is from California and a special education teacher.
They eventually moved to Covina where he started as a teacher in the District Behavior Classroom, and was promoted to the position of Support Services Specialist-behavior and finally ended up in his current role teaching adults aged 18-22 in the Adult Transition Program along with his wife, where they teach independent life skills to help young adults get ready to live out on their own.
Linda and Ronald have two daughters Kayleigh Gail and Veronica Rose.
He  joined the Royal Canadian Legion in 2014 at the Costa Mesa games. He is actively involved and has risen through the ranks from 1st Vice Zone Commander to Zone Commander. He is extremely proud of what we have accomplished, especially in their charitable works and the remembrance of the sacrifices young Canadian men and women have made in the past. “Lest We Forget”

What are the most important lessons you learned from your days of service?
The most important lesson I learned from my days of service was that as a team, people are able to accomplish more than as an individual. To get the Howitzer ready to fire took a team of 6-7. As we learned to work together it became easier and easier, a camaraderie formed between us. We looked out for each other and became proud of our gun.
I also found the great love we had for our nation. We had people from all walks of life with the same goal. Did we always get along? Of course not, but in the end, serving our country mended any disagreements. I felt, as all Canadians have probably felt at one time or another, that we were in the shadow of our neighbour to the south. We are proud of Canadian accomplishments, whether it be in sports, medicine, entertainment, inventions, and so on. We Canadians know who is Canadian or not, and we proudly point them out. This drives my wife nuts, she being an American.

What advice do you have for Canadian and US recruits on enlisting?
Enjoy your time. You are only young once, and when you look back at your past experiences in the military, you will do so fondly. I believe being in the military has made me a better person. I am proud of my service and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I would also tell them to make sure it is something you want to do; it is not for everyone. Learn from those who are your instructors, trust your fellow recruit, and remember you are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for your country, as few are. Be proud of your service because the rights we have today come from those who were willing to take up arms and stop tyranny.

What reflections do you have on this November 11th?
To me the ultimate sacrifice a person can make is to give their life for their country or for the protection of others. The men and women who gave their lives need to be remembered for their actions  “Lest We Forget”
I am not pro-war and I believe in peace, but there are times when we have to stand up for others who cannot protect themselves. That old man in his 90’s who is hunched over with a walker, once stormed a beach with bullets and artillery flying about. He was young and went to war for his county. We need to remember him and all the women and men who served. There are no more soldiers alive from World War I. Those who fought in World War II are in their 90’s, and their numbers are decreasing as the years go by. I refuse to let their memory fade and I teach my students about their sacfrice by teaching them the symbolism of the Canadian Poppy that I wear from the last Friday in October to November 11th. I have an interest in World War I and the trials and tribulations they went through on both sides. It is unbelievable to think of the living conditions in the trench warfare and the stupidity of the fighting tactics of the time. Men, women, and animals were slaughtered. A whole generation was devastated by the numbers lost. Only through remembering their sacrifice can we hopefully not get ourselves in world conflicts such as WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam again.

Giving back is clearly in your DNA. Tell us about what you do now for a living?
I am a Special Education teacher, working with students aging from 18-22. I teach them independent life skills in an Adult Transition Program through the Covina Valley Unified School District. I have been in the field of Special Education for the past 33 years. I have a Regular Education credential in Physical Education and History, a mild/moderate Special Education credential and an Adapted Physical Education credential. In 33 years, I have been an Adapted Physical Education teacher, Support Service Specialist-behavior, Program Coordinator and even a bus driver. I am most comfortable being in the classroom and I get to work with my wife, Linda, who teaches in the same program as I.

Are you still involved with veterans affairs?
I have been involved actively in the Royal Canadian Legion since 2014, Branch 156 in the Royal Canadian Legion Western Zone, USA and Mexico. I joined them when I walked by their booth at the Costa Mesa games. Since then I was elected Treasurer of branch 156, 1st Vice Commander of the Zone and this past October 2019, at our convention I was elected Zone Commander. Our Zone participates in a Veteran’s Day service at a church in Covina, a pre-memorial service at the Inglewood cemetery and takes care of the plots of Canadian and British service men and women at the Inglewood Cemetery.
We are also involved in charitable works, we have donated money to Habitat for Humanity, the training of pets for Veterans, and for Veterans who need financial support and WINGS for abused women through the YWCA.


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Monday, November 11th
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The death of a poet and fighter pilot

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Military Milestones
The death of a poet and fighter pilot

The death of a poet and fighter pilot

Story by Sharon Adams

On Dec. 11, 1941, a 19-year-old pilot died in England. He had been in service only 10 weeks, had seen combat only once, and as far as anyone knows, inflicted no damage on the enemy. But he will never be forgotten as long as there are pilots who want to slip the surly bonds of Earth and chase the wind on silvered wings through footless halls of air.

The pilot was John Gillespie Magee Jr., author of “High Flight,” the official poem of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force.


Front Lines
U.S. calls on Canada to ban China’s 5G networks

Capture of 22-metre transatlantic narco-sub
marks new era in war on drugs

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Spanish authorities recently captured a 22-metre submarine after its three crewmen transported US$121-million worth of cocaine 7,700 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean from Colombia, then scuttled it and ran.

It’s the biggest narcotics submarine ever found, and the first confirmed to have transported drugs from the Americas to Europe, signalling what experts have characterized as a new era in the distribution of illicit drugs.


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This week in history
This week in history

December 10, 1943

In Italy, Brigadier Bertram M. Hoffmeister orders the Loyal Edmonton Regiment
to push on to the Cider Crossroads, a key intersection near Ortona.


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Legion Magazine

Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute Awards Nominations Open

An item from the RCAF Association.

Dear Dr. Michael Barbour, Nominations for the prestigious Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute Awards are open until 31 December 2019. Please visit this link here, if you wish to learn more, and possibly nominate someone or some organization with whom you are familiar. Thank you for your kind support to the Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute


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CAN Announcements

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies News & Events
Next Colloquium
December 10, 2019
Tyler Nodine, UC Berkeley
Tuesday December 10, 12:30 PM, 223 Moses Hall
Colloquium: Speaker – Tyler Nodine, UC Berkeley Graduate Student & Hildebrand Fellow with Canadian Studies
Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty:
The role of adaptive management in an international water management agreement
The Columbia River Treaty (CRT) is a nearly 60-year-old agreement between the U.S and Canada that has been recognized globally as a model for international cooperation on hydropower and flood control objectives. However, the treaty has also had detrimental social and environmental implications. Now the Treaty is being renegotiated and adaptive management may help optimize multiple objectives in the face of an uncertain climate future. This talk will cover a brief history of the Columbia basin, benefits and impacts of the original CRT agreement, and possible future directions of the Treaty. Tyler will also share insights from a workshop on adaptive management hosted by the Canadian Studies Program in spring 2019 and introduce his current research focused on managing CRT reservoirs for ecosystem function.
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco | Silicon Valley
Courtesy Forwards
Fulbright Canada-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship Program
Joint Chair in Contemporary Public Policy
About our Partner:
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation supports advanced research in the Social Sciences and Humanities while offering audacious, cutting-edge doctoral students the opportunity to develop skills as engaged leaders with meaningful impact in their institutions and communities.
The Foundation is interested in scholars that undertake research in the Social Sciences and Humanities and under four themes:
  • Human Rights and Dignity,
  • Responsible Citizenship,
  • Canada and the World, and
  • People and their Natural Environment.
  • $25,000 for a 4-month residential exchange at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) based at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
  • Access to Fulbright Canada and Trudeau Foundation active and alumni communities and resources
  • Additional allowance of up to CDN $15,000 for research, travel and networking
  • Eligibility to apply for Fulbright Canada alumni grants to take on community projects
  • Opportunity to participate in events hosted by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, including at least one five-day scientific conference hosted by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Institutes of Engaged Leadership. The scientific theme for 2020 is Technology & Ethics.
 Institutes of Engaged Leadership
Scholars taking up the joint visiting Chair in Contemporary Public Policy will have the opportunity to participate in at least one five-day scientific conference component of the Trudeau Foundation’s Institutes of Engaged Leadership as a participant, facilitator, teacher and/or speaker, and prepare any key-related readings or material in preparation.
The opportunity would not only be for the benefit of Scholars attending the Institutes, but also to the visiting Chair, in sharing their knowledge, learning from others and expanding their networks.
Fellows taking up the joint visiting Chair in Contemporary Public Policy will have a multi-faceted opportunity to contribute to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s mission, by acting as guides and mentors to the next generation of bold, innovative Scholars. This critical role means fostering the development of Scholars—all of whom are PhD students in the social sciences and humanities—so they become public educators with meaningful impact in their institutions and communities. The Fulbright Canada – Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow will receive an allowance of up to CDN $15,000 to support mentorship activities that empower Scholars to become engaged leaders of tomorrow.
·         United States Citizenship (Dual Citizenship US/CAN are also eligible)
·         Be a US-based scholar
·         PhD or equivalent terminal professional degree (at the time of taking the award)
·         English proficiency
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Starting Date: some activities start June 2020 with September 2020 being the beginning of residency
Application instructions:
·         Project Statement: between 3 to 5 pages of description + Bibliography
·         Tailored Curriculum Vitae: up to 6 pages
·         Recommendation Letters: two references letters received by January 30, 2020 to be submitted to the email:
·         Complete application form
 The application platform will be available shortly.
We would very much appreciate it if you can also share this information with colleagues that may be interested.
For more information about the award and application process please see this website.
For further questions, please contact Paulo Carvalho:
Québec 2020
The 22nd Biennial Conference of the ACQS
October 21-25, 2020, at the Hôtel Le Concorde, Québec City
The American Council for Québec Studies invites proposals for papers and panels for our upcoming conference in October 2020. For this conference held in the national capital of Québec, we hope to give space to multiple openings and exchanges. We welcome and will consider proposals related to any aspect of Québec studies, including Québec’s diasporas and the Francophone presence in the Americas. We are open to a wide range of approaches across the Social and Physical Sciences and Humanities. Submissions of both individual papers and complete panels are encouraged. Please consult our website ( for more details.
To submit an abstract: All submissions (abstracts of +/-250 words) are made via the ACQS website. Conference presentations can be made in French or English. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is April 1st, 2020.
To post a panel description on the ACQS website in order to solicit abstracts: Send the title of your proposed session and a short description (+/- 250 words), as well as your name, affiliation, and contact information to Yulia Bosworth, Vice President, at To submit a complete session: Each presenter should submit abstracts individually, indicating the full session’s title and its chair or organizer where requested.
The ACQS is happy to announce a discounted group rate at the Hôtel Le Concorde, situated on a splendid site in the national capital. A link for reservations will be posted on the ACQS website in Spring 2020. We remind you that each conference participant must register and become a member of the association.
Call for submissions
Quebec and Francophone Studies Conference
A collaboration between Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and Trent University’s Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies
March 20th-21st, 2020, Ottawa, Ontario
How do we understand, identify, name and problematize the physical, political, historical, cultural, identity-based and memorial spaces francophones live in, where questions about belonging are at play and performed in North America? Does the relationship to one or more of these tangible and intangible places, or even to a superimposed composition of several of these spaces, contribute to the manifestation of belonging to a language, a region, a territory, a culture, a social class or a country? What about the identity-based relationship to the national capital? Intrinsic to the ideology of Pierre Elliot Trudeau and his vision of Canada, official bilingualism was, in addition to provide an anchor for the unity of the nation, a commitment to the development of linguistic minorities (Official Languages Act of 1985), a strategy of resistance to assimilation, and a way of separating ethnicity from language and allowing more openness to immigration (Pierre E. Trudeau, 1969). If the French language became one of two official languages – state sponsored, in a minority position to English, and largely politicized – discussions about francophone communities in minority settings in Canada continue to raise polarizing ideas about the quality of the French language, the importance of French-Canadian heritage and the threat of assimilation. In her recent documentary Denise au pays des Francos, Denise Bombardier makes a distinction between francophones of French-Canadian heritage outside of Quebec and immigrant francophone Canadians. Is Quebec as a nation still a home (in the sense of Heimat) where Francophone Canadiens can find refuge and nourishment so they can move surviving to thriving?
The Université de l’Ontario Français project is now on the rails. Here in Ontario, we can indeed see that one hundred years after Regulation 17 and more than twenty years after having won the battle to maintain the Montfort Hospital (1997) it is time to take stock of the collective identity of Franco-Ontarians and to celebrate the thriving francophone minority communities of North America. What is really going on? Does a Canadian Francophonie exist? How do we give Francophones a voice in politics in a rhetoric of reparation given that the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015) reveals the ravages caused by the residential school system, where the goal was largely to extinguish Indigenous languages? How do we now approach the history and the status of French as a colonial language? What about the relationship between Francophones to each other, to the Quebecois, to other minority contexts, and to Indigenous peoples? This conference is held in an Anglophone setting of a unilingual anglophone university – in Canada’s officially bilingual national capital with a goal of creating a space for exchanges between francophone and Francophile researchers from all North American spaces – whether they are from Quebec or outside of Quebec, Canadians, Americans, Indigenous, French or English speaking, in order to create bridges between people, communities, networks and disciplines.
The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, in collaboration with the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University, invites academic and independent researchers, and Master and PhD level students to join us to reflect on these questions. The conference will take place March 20th and 21st 2020, to mark International Francophonie Day. We are accepting suggestions for panel topics as well as individual proposals. We invite proposals in French and English about francophones minorities in Canada, Franco-Americans, Cajuns, Acadians, Quebecois, Indigenous peoples, and French-speaking immigrant communities, particularly those related to:
  1. Identity performance among linguistic and cultural minorities;
  2. Representations in collective narratives and the construction of counter-narratives;
  3. Mobility, attachment to place, and social movements; and
  4. The preservation and revitalization of language.
We are accepting proposals from interdisciplinary and discipline-based researchers such as Quebec studies, Francophone studies, Indigenous studies, Canadian studies, sociology, history, museum or archival studies, political science, anthropology, literature and the performing arts, media studies and religious studies. To submit your proposal please send a 300-word resume of your paper and a brief 100-word biography by December 19th, 2019.
Proposals will be evaluated, and successful speakers will be contacted in January 2020. Additional information on the location of the conference and registration process will be sent at that time. We hope to offer simultaneous translation in English and French. The level of support available to participants will depend on funding received.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL

4 Great December Happenings at the Marines’ Memorial

An item from a fellow veterans organization in the Bay Area.

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It’s not too late!
Register for these December Events at the Marines’ Memorial Club

Holly Jolly Party

Dr. Bruce Bechtol

Holly Jolly Holiday Party

and Breakfast with Santa

7 December –  Doors open at 9:30am, Breakfast starts at 10am


Holiday festivities for the whole family!  Fantastic breakfast buffet, hot chocolate and coffee station, cash bar with all your favorite Holiday libations, Holiday crafts, and pictures with Santa!  Tickets start at $20 with a “Toys for Tots” donation. Kids 17 and under are free!

Korean War Commemoration with speaker Dr. Bruce Bechtol, Jr

11 December –  6pm

This year’s Korean War Commemoration will honor those who served during that conflict while also looking at current and future relations with North Korea. Our guest speaker, Dr. Bruce Bechtol, Jr., is President of the International Council on Korean Studies and author of North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa. This is a free event.


Army vs. Navy

Army vs. Navy Viewing Party
14 December – Doors open at 11:30am, Kickoff at noon

Enjoy the game and a little friendly rivalry at the Marines’ Memorial!  Tickets start at $19 and include 1 drink ticket and tailgate buffet including wings, soft pretzels, a chili bar, and lighter fare.  Raffles, football squares, and half-time games make this annual event extra fun!

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve Party

31 December – Dinner at 7pm, Party begins at 9pm

Ring in the next roaring 20’s at the Club!  Wear your favorite Gatsby attire and welcome a new year with food, cocktails, dancing, midnight champagne toast, and one of the best views in the City.  Pricing options start at $119 without dinner and $199 with an elegant 3-course dinner.  Get your tickets with the link below or call 415-673-6672 ext 238.

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