Author Archives: Michael Barbour

About Michael 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.

National Updates from The Royal Canadian Legion

From Dominion Command.

View this email in your browser
Latest Updates from

The Spirit of Invictus Lives On

Published on Oct 13, 2017 10:23 am
The unconquerable spirit of Invictus was brought to the world stage this September in Toronto, Ontario.
Read in browser »
share on Twitter  Like The Spirit of Invictus Lives On on Facebook

Meet MBNA: a Legion partner that helps YOU make a difference

Published on Oct 11, 2017 09:15 am
In addition to being the sole credit card provider in Canada that supports Legion activities, MBNA is a proud sponsor of the Legion’s National Youth Track and Field competition and National Remembrance Day programs.
Read in browser »
share on Twitter  Like Meet MBNA: a Legion partner that helps YOU make a difference on Facebook

Read more articles at

Show your support!
Copyright © 2017 The Royal Canadian Legion, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website. Vous avez reçu ce courriel suite à votre choix sur notre site Web .

Our mailing address is:

The Royal Canadian Legion

OttawaON K2L 0A1


Habitat OC Tustin Groundbreaking Ceremony

Note that are the recent Royal Canadian Legion US Zone Convention, the delegates voted to donate $2500 for this project that is focused on homes for veterans. If you happen to be in the area, you may be interested in attending these opening activities.

Hello All,

The Tustin groundbreaking ceremony is on Monday, October 23 at 4:15 pm. Please see the invitation below and RSVP either yes or no by Wednesday, October 18 at

Hope to see you there! Thank you!

Shannon Benson
Marketing and Communications Specialist Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
2200 Ritchey Street | Santa Ana, CA 92705 |
Office: (714)434-6200 ext. 403 |
Facebook: /HabitatOC | Twitter: @HabitatOC | Instagram: @HabitatOC | HabitatOC ReStore

The Santa Ana Habitat OC ReStore is moving to 2140 Ritchey St. in Santa Ana. Doors open November 2017.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

From: Habitat for Humanity of Orange County []
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:27 PM
To: Shannon Benson
Subject: Habitat OC Tustin Groundbreaking Ceremony

Join us at our Tustin Groundbreaking Ceremony

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County cordially invites you to join us for a Groundbreaking Ceremony in Tustin!

In partnership with the City of Tustin, we’re kicking off the build of two affordable homes to be sold to hard working veteran families.

What: Tustin Groundbreaking Ceremony

When: Monday, October 23 at 4:15 pm
Check-in at 4:15 pm
Ceremony at 4:30 pm

Where: Tustin Build Site
140 S. A St., Tustin, CA 92780

 Hope to see you there!
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
2200 Ritchey St | Santa Ana, CA | 92705
Phone: 714.434.6200  |  Email:
Privacy Policy  |  Visit Our Website

Invictus Games will evolve, patron says

From the Legion Magazine.

Invictus Games will evolve, patron says
Invictus Games will evolve, patron says
Invictus Games will evolve, patron says
Invictus Games will evolve, patron says

Invictus Games will evolve, patron says

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

For many, the Invictus Games has been a life-changing—for some, life-saving—experience, but the
competition for sick and wounded warriors won’t be around forever, at least not in the form
it is now. But when that change will take place, and what form it will take, are still up in the air.



Youth focus on remembrance

Youth focus on remembrance

By Stephanie Slegtenhorst

Each year since the 1960s, Canadian students from coast to coast have been participating in
The Royal Canadian Legion’s poster and literary contests. Essays, poems and posters honour
Canada’s veterans and those who have fallen, keeping remembrance relevant for the youth of today.



Invictus Games
Boer War Begins

OCTOBER 11, 1899

The Boer War begins, marking Canada’s first official dispatch of troops overseas.


Vimy Ridge Poster
Arbor Alliances

🚛 [Wreaths Across America eNewsletter #154] Limited Edition Wreath Carrying Truck Toy…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

10/10/2017 WAA eNewsletter

Delivering Truckloads of Respect

Each holiday season WAA’s “Honor Fleet” of over 300 volunteer drivers and Trucks deliver “truckloads of respect” filled with more than a million Remembrance Wreaths to be placed on veterans graves all over the Country.

This year WAA is offering a gift opportunity for our youngest supporters that teaches not only the Remember Honor Teach mission but the spirit of volunteerism with our building block wreath delivery truck paired with a veterans wreath.

~ Rob & Sarah Worcester – Transportation & Logistics Coordinators
& The Wreaths Across America Team
Building Block / Wreath Education Kit

Limited Edition “Wreath Carrying Truck” Building Block Set – (While Supplies Last)

Each year, because of the efforts made by the generous trucking company owners and hundreds of professional drivers who volunteer their time, Wreaths Across America is able to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Each truck and driver is responsible for carrying thousands of remembrance wreaths to one of Wreaths Across America more than 1,200 participating cemeteries across the United States.

Wreaths Across America is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms. This limited edition block set also places a wreath at a cemetery which provides you with a excellent teaching tool for a child.
Price $59.99 plus shipping. Block set will be shipped separately from other WAA orders. Pre-order now for Christmas delivery. LEGO®compatible.
Remember our fallen U.S. veterans. Honor those who serve. Teach your children the value of freedom.
  ​  ​  ​  ​
Order Now

Recognizing Our Partners

The Civil Air Patrol Helps Teach Through Living History

The Civil Air Patrol Helps Teach Through Living History

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) introduces many young men and women today to the Air Force and the notion of uniformed service to our nation.
  ​  ​  ​  ​
Read More
Wreaths Across Americas "Trucking Tributes" Present Schneider

Wreaths Across America’s “Trucking Tributes” Present Schneider

When Al Schneider sold the family car and bought a truck 82 years ago, he turned to his fellow National Guard unit members as the company’s first employees.
  ​  ​  ​  ​
Read More
In March 1794 Congress responded by calling for the construction of a half-dozen frigates. And, once again, the United States had a navy. Although the Continental navy was later dismantled, October 13, 1775 remains the U.S. Navy’s official birthday.

Did You Know? WAA In The News…

You Can Join in the Remembrance and Tribute to Liberation...

Land Donation For New National VA Cemetery will Help Maine Veterans

A national cemetery will be located in Washington County thanks to a donation by Worcester holdings. The company is donating more than six acres of land to establish a national cemetery.
  ​  ​  ​  ​
Read More

Freedom Isn’t Free


Westpoint Alumni Glee Club Teaches History Through Music

Freedom Isn’t Free is a dynamic and inspirational musical journey of the men and women who have fought the nation’s wars and how those same men and women, as veterans, have helped to shape the nation and its destiny.
  ​  ​  ​  ​
Read More

This Week in Social Media:

Florida Man Spends His One Day Off Cleaning Veterans Tombstones

Best Military Photos For The Week of October 7th

The military has talented photographers who capture what life as a service member is like during training and at war. Here are their best photos this week.
Read More
World War II survivor, 84, finally receives high school diploma

Daring Navy SEAL Dies in CA Skydiving Accident

A highly-decorated Navy SEAL, Cmdr. Seth Stone, was killed in a skydiving accident on Sept. 30. in Perris in Riverside County.
Read More
Babys Gender Revealed For Wife Of Fallen Soldier

Baby’s Gender Revealed For Wife Of Fallen Soldier

The wife of a fallen Fort Bragg soldier was just six weeks pregnant when she found out she would never see her husband again.
Read More
Korean War POW Earns Medal of Honor for Saving His Unit

Interview with a Three War Veteran

Three war veteran Virgil Ward, and his wife Merry Ward talk about his experiences throughout his military career.
Read More

Every weekday on Wreaths Across America Radio, we give thanks to a different trucking professional who donates time and effort to our mission! Tune In:

Wednesday Webinars:

100 Reasons Why Interview

100 Reasons Why Interview

#CountdownToWreathDay Interview with Marilyn Tully of Beechwoods Cemetery, PA
Watch Video
Voices Of Our Volunteers

Voices Of Our Volunteers

CountdownToWreathDay Interview with Harry Rathsam of Long Island National Cemetery
Watch Video

We would love to hear from you on any of these channels:

​      ​​      ​​      ​

​      ​​      ​​      ​

Do you know of a patriotic story for or about our veterans, that we should be sharing? We would love to hear it!

You can submit the basic details here, and we will follow up with you.
Note: Have you ever had a conversation with a “reporter-bot?” We set this up to collect stories 24/7 or whenever it is convenient for you, and then the WAA Social Media Team can join the conversation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mark Your Calendars:



Did you miss one of our recent newsletters? You can see the archive and update your email settings in our new Newsletter Central.

Join us on December 16th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2017 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can’t find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2017)!
Donate or Sign Up To Volunteer
“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”

This Week’s Newsletter Is Sponsored By:

Worcester Wreath Company

What is a Veteran Wreath

What is a Veteran Wreath

In this video, WAA Founder Morrill Worcester explains the significance and symbolism of a veterans wreath, and shows how it is made with the same love and consideration to honor those who serve and sacrifice.
Watch This Video
10/10/2017 WAA eNewsletter
Wreaths Across America · PO Box 249 · 4 Point Street · Columbia Falls, ME 04623 · USA

Reminder: Festival of Remembrance – Grace Cathedral

Please note that Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25, representing the San Francisco Bay Area, will also be participating in an annual ceremony – the Festival of Remembrance – traditionally organized by the Royal British Legion at Grace Cathedral (but this year being organized by the British Benevolent Society).

This cherished annual ceremony commemorates all who have lost their lives in armed conflict and commemorates the day known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. The service includes the deeply moving cascade of thousands of poppy petals onto the altar as Amazing Grace is played on the bagpipes.

The San Francisco Bay Area branch of the Royal Canadian Legion also participates each year, and will do so again this year. This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday, 12 November at 3:00pm.

Reminder: Remembrance Day Ceremonies – Liberty Cemetery, Petaluma

Please note that one month from today the Royal Canadian Legion US Zone, Branch #25, representing the San Francisco Bay Area, will be organizing formal Remembrance Day ceremonies each year that are open to the public.

Each Remembrance Day is observed at Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, CA.

10:30am – Ceremonies begin

11:30am – Break for lunch (which is on one’s own)

1:00pm – Small parade from the park in downtown Petaluma, organized by the municipality (information about the parade can be found at, the Legionnaires will march in this parade.

Why Canada misfired on ballistic missile defence

From the RCAF Association.

This message was sent to

October 6, 2017    
Home  |   About  |   News/Events  |   Heritage  |   Advocacy  | Subscribe  |   Archive  |   Advertise


Why Canada misfired on ballistic missile defence Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Globe and Mail 
“Most military advisers find it a very odd stance that Canadian politicians have taken, that we don’t get on board with ballistic missile defence [BMD],” asserted retired chief of defence staff Tom Lawson in a recent interview. But the Canadian decision to remain outside the U.S. BMD system — a position that has transcended four successive governments — is odd only if you think of BMD in a military, national security and foreign policy context.  READ MORE

RCAF Golden Hawks celebrated in Miramichi Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

At the 2017 induction dinner and ceremony for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, held in June at the Vancouver International Airport, the legendary Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Golden Hawks aerobatic team received the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence. The award is given “to honour organizations, groups, societies or associations who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of aviation in Canada.”  READ MORE

Defence Minister: Canada looked at Kuwaiti F-18s but Australian aircraft the ones being considered Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Ottawa Citizen
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada has examined the potential that Kuwait could have surplus F-18s for sale to fill the capability gap the RCAF is dealing with. But the main drawback is that the aircraft are not available at this time, he told journalists.  READ MORE

Siemens & Alstom merge rail business in setback for Bombardier Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

CBC News
Bombardier’s shares briefly surged more than 13 per cent Tuesday even though the transportation giant was facing bad news affecting both its commercial aircraft and railway businesses. The Montreal-based company’s shares touched an intraday high of $2.43 before losing some steam to reach $2.27, up six per cent on the day after dipping in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange,  READ MORE



100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force now includes a third airshow — the Shuttleworth Collection’s ‘military pageant’ Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Ian Allan Travel 
On Aug. 17, 1917, South African General Jan Smuts presented a report to the British government’s War Council setting out his ideas on the future of air power. The report was duly approved and led to the formation of the world’s first air force being born on the April 1, 1918. The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed by the amalgamation of the squadrons and military personnel of the British Army’s “Royal Flying Corps” (RFC) with the Royal Navy’s “Royal Naval Air Service” (RNAS).  READ MORE

Air Cadet League of Canada Online Auction Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Air Cadet League of Canada
RCAF Association members and especially those in support of Canada’s Air Cadet program, we encourage you to visit this website at this link, here, to view items and prizes that go up for auction beginning Sept. 23. Proceeds from the online auction will help fund the air cadet program. If you own a business, or know of a business, and would like to feature a product from the business, on the auction, please contact “Anthony” Please help promote the online auction!

In the coming weeks, we ask that you pass this on to everyone in your network… it is all about getting lots of bidders to our site in order to achieve success! Email, Facebook, webpages…any avenue you have to help promote it to your network will be helpful!

We hope there might be a unique gift that fits your fancy. You can view the items now; if you see something you like, be sure to register as a bidder (it’s free to register). The bidding will start on Saturday Sept. 23 and run untilMonday Oct. 9. You will be notified throughout the auction if someone else has bid higher, but you can keep on bidding to make sure you win that special gift!

The RCAF Association mission is: “YOUTH-HERITAGE-ADVOCACY”

As you can see our kids are first in our thoughts! Help support the Air Cadet League Today!

427 Squadron Gathering of the Lions Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Tickets for the 75th Anniversary Gathering of the Lions Gala are now on sale! This all-ranks event will take placeSaturday, Oct. 14, 2017, to include a dinner catered by Ullrich’s on Main, live music from a selection of the Ottawa Valley’s best artists, and a chance for Lions, both current and former, to come together in celebration. READ MORE

426 Training and Transport Squadron 75th Anniversary Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Calling all Thunderbirds home to the nest! This year, we’re celebrating our 75th anniversary and are hoping to have the flock come home to help us remember our history and heritage. Please mark Oct. 20-22 in your calendar and join us for a huge party. If you have humorous stories or anecdotes to share, please send them to the following address:

MWO Christine Krueger
426 Sqn 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
PO Box 1000, Stn Forces
Astra, ON, Canada K0K 3W0

Birchall Leadership Awards Banquet Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in collaboration with the Royal Military College, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is honoured to present the Birchall Leadership Award to Colonel (Retired) Chris Hadfield, OC, OOnt, MSC, CD. Colonel Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space. A Royal Military College graduate, an engineer, and former Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter pilot, Colonel Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as Commander of the International Space Station.

For more information about the Birchall Leadership Awards Banquet:

AIAC Summit Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada event brings together Canadian and international companies of all sizes, government, and academia for two days in the nation’s capital. More than 1,200 participants — primarily C-suite executives and government officials — are expected to attend.  READ MORE

Sea King Retirement Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Sea King Retirement Committee
After more than 50 years of service, the Sea King will be retired December 2018 at 443MH Victoria. Advance planning is underway. Visit for updates.

‘I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t been an Air Cadet’ Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Air Cadet League of Canada 
Were you an Air Cadet? The Air Cadet League wants to know where being an Air Cadet has taken you; join the Air Cadet Alumni and share your “Cadet Story” with us.  READ MORE



Missed last week’s issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

Don’t be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

RCAF Association News

Connect with RCAF Association
Recent Issues | Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Advertise | Web Version  

Radek Meljon, MultiView Canada, Vice-President and General Manager, 289-695-5394 | Media kit
Oliver Kirby, Senior Content Editor, 289-695-5401

Please submit all news and event listings to the RCAF Association’s Executive Director.

Royal Canadian Air Force Association
222 Somerset St. W., 4th Floor, Suite 405 | Ottawa, ON, K2P 2G3 | 613-232-2303 | Contact Us