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About Michael K. Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

Do you want a chance to win a MINI? ūüöó

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RBLI are excited to announce our first ever Raffle to win a brand new MINI!

You can now buy tickets for just £1 to enter Tommy’s MINI Mission and be in with a chance of winning this fun and iconic car. The lucky winner will even be able to have the fabulous prize in a colour of their choice!

The raffle has just launched this month and will run until March 31st 2022, with all¬†funds raised going towards RBLI’s new Centenary Village; our ambitious capital project creating high-quality facilities and services to support vulnerable people. This project will offer state-of-the-art disability-adapted apartments, assisted-living, family homes, extra specialist dementia care, and a new two storey community centre complete with an IT learning suite and fully accessible gym; all intended to provide support to those who need it, now and for decades to come.

Want to be in with a chance of winning a brand new MINI?
Thank you for your ongoing support for RBLI.
Tommy’s MINI Mission Car Raffle has been kindly supported by BMW Arden.
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Announcing Bells of Peace 2021 – A WWI Remembrance

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Uncle Sam wants you to toll the bells

Join us for Bells of Peace 2021

Toll ‚ÄúBells of Peace‚ÄĚ on 11/11 at 11am local time, and honor all those who served and sacrificed in WWI.

Bells of Peace is a U.S. national bell tolling remembrance that was created in collaboration with the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 2018.

The Doughboy Foundation has since promoted Bells of Peace as an annual remembrance of those who served in WWI and of the moment when the guns fell silent, and bells tolled in Europe… on the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour in 1918.


By registering for Bells of Peace 2021, you can include and share your organization’s logo as a participant. We will keep you updated on relevant news and information about the event and your participation and tagged social media posts will go into the archive of participation.

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“Here Rests in Honored Glory…”

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the interment ceremonies officiated by President Warren G. Harding when an unknown soldier from WWI was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery establishing the hallowed Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on November 11, 1921.

This year as we toll the Bells of Peace at 11am local on 11/11, we will also reflect on this solemn event triggered by America’s participation in WWI.

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Download the free Bells of Peace Participation App.

  • An easy way to register your participation.
  • A countdown timer until 11am local on 11/11 local time.
  • Select a bell and manually toll it at 11am or have it auto toll 21 times at the appointed time.
  • Have several people use their smartphones together to create a group bell tolling. Mix it with other acoustic bells for a truly memorable 21 peal remembrance of those who served and serve.
  • If  you are a teacher, use the Bells of Peace Participation app to involve your students in the history and meaning of Veterans Day in an engaging and experiential way.
  • Share your Bells of Peace event with all the other participants through the App using the built-in social sharing channel.

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Link in your own Social Media posts

Even if you don’t use the Bells of Peace Participation App, you can tag your social media posts with #BellsOfPeace and we will bring them into our aggregator to share with everyone. We scan for posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube with #BellsOfPeace. Your posts will appear on the Bells of Peace website and in the App for all to see how you remember.

This year we will also be scanning for #TUS100 honoring the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Our Bells of Peace participation archive goes all the way back to 2018 with hundreds of great posts from our participants.Check it out. and just keep clicking MORE.

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Canada bids farewell to its first female general

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Canada bids farewell to its first female general

Canada bids farewell to its first female general

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Family, friends, commanders and colleagues gathered in Ottawa this week to bid a final farewell to Sheila Anne Hellstrom, a Royal Canadian Air Force veteran and the first woman to reach the rank of brigadier-general in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Hellstrom was known for her confidence, compassion and fortitude in a male-dominated profession where women had long been relegated to secondary roles.


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Surrender at Calais

Surrender at Calais

Story by Sharon Adams

After D-Day, the First Canadian Army began the job of clearing the French coast along the English Channel.

It was a hard slog. The beaches were crowded with obstacles and mines. The shore bristled with barbed wire and the whole coastline was studded with concrete bunkers and machine-gun nests. Towns and cities were fortified and equipped with heavy guns. It was known as the Atlantic Wall.


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700 Wing RCAF Association Aviation Memorial Ceremony

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EDMONTON, AB, September 23, 2021:

The 700 (City of Edmonton) Royal Canadian Air Force Association will be conducting an Aviation Memorial Stone Dedication Ceremony to induct 10 new members to the Aviation Memorial.
This outdoor ceremony will take place in front of the Alberta Aviation Museum at the Aviation Memorial on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, at 6 p.m. As stated, the ceremony will add 10 new members to the Aviation Memorial including three members from the same family, the Reilly family. Jack and Molly Reilly were married and are BOTH members of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Their son, Patrick Reilly, inevitably joined the aviation world himself and now, at age 59, has over 13,000 flying hours. Other inductees include former military veterans, mechanics, and air traffic controllers.

Background: Aviation Memorial This Memorial is a tribute to Aviation and is dedicated to all Aviation people and organizations that have contributed to aviation, with emphasis but by no means exclusively towards Alberta based aviation. While described as a Memorial, the living and the deceased, and current and past organizations, are included in the monument. The names of inductees are permanently inscribed on inlaid granite stones within it. Each side of the Memorial itself represents one of three key categories of aviation, and all of these have operated at the former Blatchford Field Airport. One category is for Bush Pilots, Pioneers and Experimenters. A second is the Commercial Air Industry. And finally, our Air Forces, or Military aviation. The Aviation Memorial stones themselves are inlaid in an area representing a propeller. On the top of the monument is a cone depicting the nose of the propeller. Three flagpoles are installed opposite each point of the propeller.

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Canadian Thanksgiving on October 10th

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Canadian Thanksgiving 2021

Sunday, October 10th
Center Club, Costa Mesa
Hello, fellow Canadians!

On¬†Sunday,¬†October 10th,¬†Canadian Expats (formerly Canadians in Orange County)¬†will host our 10th annual Canadian Thanksgiving event! We missed last year due to the pandemic and look forward to seeing you all again. This is a special time and a premier event that¬†you don’t want to miss!

Many families, ex-pat Canadians, and friends of Canadians have made this event a tradition here in Southern California. We’re excited to welcome¬†guests from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Tickets are available now, so be sure to get yours today and spread the word!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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