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The Canadian Landmine Foundation Hall of Honour

Since 2000 the Canadian Landmine Foundation has been undertaking mine action projects in honour of peacekeepers. In the early years, these recognized the service of those who had served in the Canadian Forces. The Hall of Honour was soon expanded to reflect the significant role played by Canadian police officers in international peacekeeping service. Subsequently, it was further expanded to include those who have worked in international diplomatic service. Finally, it was expanded to include peacemakers in our society and organizations, like the Military Wives Sisterhood, who support the families of those who are serving.

 

Honourees

Corporal James Arnal

Cpl. James Hayward Arnal was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on a foot patrol in Panjwayi District on July 18, 2008. Arnal, 25, was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, stationed at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba.

James was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and had expressed interest in returning for a third tour in 2009.

“Clearly, he was a dedicated soldier with a very promising career ahead of him,” said Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, Canada’s commander in Afghanistan.

A project is being undertaken to train a mine detection dog (MDD) named ‘Jimmy’. The MDD will be deployed in Afghanistan.

 

Glyn Berry

Glyn Berry was a Canadian diplomat killed in a car bomb attack in Afghanistan on January 15, 2006. He was the first Canadian diplomat to be killed in service in 40 years. A diplomat of the highest calibre, he served in Oslo, Havana, London, Islamabad, Kandahar, and at the United Nations in New York City. He was widely respected and immensely admired as a tireless advocate of peacebuilding. A minefield was cleared in Afghanistan in his honour.

 

Rémi Bujold, PC, CM

Rémi Bujold served as Chair of the Board of the Canadian Landmine Foundation from 2001-2006. Through his efforts, the lives of thousands of some of the most disenfrachised people of the world were improved. In his honour a mine detection dog, named Rémi, was trained and are now working in Bosnia.

 

Corporal Paul Davis

Corporal Paul Davis, 28, of Bridgewater N.S., was killed in Afghanistan March 2, 2006 when his armoured vehicle flipped over near Kandahar. The father of two young children, was offered a promotion that would have kept him out of harm’s way. His father, Jim Davis, explained “He had the sense of duty of comradeship with the people he’d been training with, and felt he wanted to go with them.”

In 2007 a project was undertaken to train a mine detection dog (MDD) named ‘Paul’. The MDD will be deployed in Afghanistan.

Major donors to this effort were:

  • Rotary District 7090
  • Rotary Clubs across Canada

 

Colonel (Ret’d) Donald Stewart Ethell OC, OMM, MSC, OStJ, AOE, CD

For over 38 years Colonel Don Ethell served as an infanteer in the Canadian Army (Regular). He retired from the Army in July 1993.

Colonel Ethell is a veteran of 14 Peace Support Operations tours and other secondments to the United Nations and other international agencies. Throughout his Service, Don’s tours of duty have included three years of NATO service in Germany, and extensive service in Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Central America, and the Balkans.

He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (military division) by the Governor General on October 1986. The citation read:

On 28 June 1984, as the Acting Chief of Staff and during the absence of the Force Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Ethell made arrangements for an exchange of more than 300 prisoners of war between Syria and Israel. This delicater exchange, which had been more than two years in the making, was effected with only 36 hours advance notice. Furthermore, it was conducted under the threat of armed intervention from both sides and a myriad of other distractions which could have jeopardized the arrangements. Lieutenant-Colonel Ehtell`s leadership and personal supervision averted any such calamity, and thereby secured both the reputation and future role of the United Nations with the two countries. Similarly, on 20 May 1985, he was instrumental in effecting an exchange of 154 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel for three Israelis held by Syria. Lieutenant-Colonel Ethell`s outstanding professional performance of military duties was of a rare, high standard that has been applauded by senior military officers, diplomats and civilians of many nations, reflecting great credit on both himself and the Canadian Forces.

In honour of Col. Ethell’s service a minefield will be cleared in the area of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Major donors to this effort include:
  • Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion
  • Canadian Association of Veterans in UN Peacekeeping
  • Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club
  • St. Paul’s Presbyterian – Wharton
  • Desjardins Securities
  • The International Centre for Sustainable Cities
  • Unitarian Church of Edmonton
  • The Military Museums
  • St. Luke’s School
  • St. Mary’s Anglican Church

 

Corporal Andrew Eykelenboom

Corporal Andrew Eykelenboom, 23, of Comox BC was an army medic who was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on August 11, 2006. Known by colleagues as “Boomer”, Eykelenboom was serving with 1 Field Ambulance unit. On Aug. 9th Andrew was done his tour of duty. He was packing to come home when he volunteered to go on one more mission, his last.

In 2007 a project was undertaken to train a mine detection dog (MDD) named ‘Boomer’. The MDD will be deployed in Afghanistan.

This project was fully funded by staff of 1 Field Ambulance, based at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton.

 

Major-General (ret’d) Alain R. Forand, CMM, OStJ, SC, MSC, CD

Ehile on United Nations duty during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, then Captain Forand risked his own life under fire by rescuing two injured soldiers, for this action he was awarded the Star of Courage. Major-General Forand later earned the Meritorious Service Cross for his work in Croatia, where in 1995 he guaranteed the safety of 1,200 Serbs who sought protection.

Throughout his 33-year military career, Major-General Forand excelled at all levels of command both across Canada and abroad. He served with the NATO Forces in Germany, and with United Nations Forces in Western Sahara, Cyprus and Croatia. He commanded Land Force Quebec Area during the catastrophic 1998 ice storm and directed the work of over 12,000 soldiers during the crisis. A tremendous soldier and leader, General Forand was well known for his tenacity, personal courage and dedication. He retired in 2000.

In honour of General Forand a Afghan team from the Mine Detection Dog Center (MDC) was funded for one month clearing landmines in Herat, Afghanistan.

Major donors to this effort include:

  • 102 (1st Hussars) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Sarnia
  • Edmonton Millwoods Beaumont Liberal Association
  • International Relations Students Association
  • Windermere United Church Lawn Sale
  • Oliver Sangster Garage Sale
  • Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School
  • Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

 

Constable Louis Gignac, S.C., Québec, QC

On 5 October 1999, during a tour of duty with the RCMP International Peacekeeping program, Louis Gignac, a civilian police officer with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, contributed to saving the lives of seven civilian Serbs who were being attacked by an angry Albanian mob. Cst. Gignac had been assigned to escort a funeral procession involving 25 deceased Albanians and some 5,000 mourners. When they reached a main road and the convoy became trapped in a traffic jam immediately beside two ethnic Serbs’ vehicles, the Albanian crowd attacked, killing two Serbs who attempted to flee. One of the first members at the scene, Cst. Gignac was protecting the remaining Serb victims when he became the target of rocks and other projectiles, including a Molotov cocktail which exploded directly behind him and set fire to his uniform. For more than one hour, he and his colleagues formed a semicircle around the two vehicles to shield the remaining Serbs from the escalating violence until the French Military Forces were able to remove them to safety.

Cst. Gignac was presented with the Star of Courage by the Governor General on December 6, 2001.

In honour of Cst. Gignac a mine detection dog (Louis) was purchased and trained by the Canadian International Demining Corps.

Major donors to this effort include:

  • Senator Elisabeth Hubley and Dancers Against Landmines
  • Lady Slipper Step Dancers of Kensington
  • Somerset Steppers of Kinkora and Emerald
  • Canadian International Demining Corps
  • Elmwood School
  • Dr. Norman Bethune Secondary School
  • Iroquois Ridge High School

 

Master-Corporal Mark Isfeld

The second project of the Peacekeepers Demining Fund honoured Master Corporal Mark Isfeld. Mark Isfeld served in 1 COMBAT ENGINEER REGIMENT Canadian Military Engineers until he was killed removing landmines on June 21, 1994 near Kakma, Croatia while carrying out UN peacekeeping duties.

This was Mark’s third peacekeeping tour within a two and one half year period; two in Europe and one in Kuwait. Mark Isfeld was born on August 14, 1962, married Kelly of Everson, Washington in 1991, and was 31 at the time of his death. Mark took a great interest in the children of the areas where he was serving, often handing out dolls that his mother Carol would knit from scrap wool. After Mark was killed, the troops of 1CER named them Izzy Dolls and Carol continued to knit them for the members of the regiment to give out in Mark’s memory. Following Carol’s death in August 2007 the work is continued by volunteer knitters across Canada.

The minefield cleared in Master Corporal Isfeld’s name is in Croatia near where he was killed. The 27,000 m² minefield is located in Bila Vilka village. The area is contaminated by mines and includes homes, a local playground, and a portion of the Vuksic-Bila Vlaka Stankovci road belt. The area was severely affected by the war and most of the population has returned, despite the threat of landmines. This mine action project was vital to the safety of the men, women and children who live in the area.

Major donors to this effort include:

  • Maxwell Cumming Family Foundation
  • Alberta Energy Company Limited
  • Glebe Collegiate Institute
  • F.R.A.P.P.E
  • The Norman and Margaret Jewison Foundation
  • The Burton Charitable Foundation
  • St. Paul’s Church
  • Senator Michael Meighen
  • Mr. Brendan and Mrs. Lesley Reay
  • Hershell and Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin
  • Graeme and Sara Thomson
  • Larry and Kathy Conlee
  • Med-Eng Systems
  • Adopt-A-Minefield-Quinte
  • The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia
  • Senators Against Landmines.

In 2007 an additional project was undertaken in Mark’s name, the training of a mine detection dog named ‘Izzy’.

Major donors to this effort include:

  • University of British Colombia International Relations Students Association
  • International Centre for Sustainable Cities
  • Rotary Clubs across Canada

 

Inspector Edward Victor Josey, MSM

Inspector Victor Josey served for thirty-two years as a regular member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in senior management, operations and administration roles. Inspector Josey is a veteran of 3 United Nations missions having served as a police officer in a peacekeeping role in UNPROFOR – Former Yugoslavia (DEC 1993 – JUN 1994), UNMIBH – Bosnia and Herzegovina ( APR 1998 – JAN 1999) and East Timor – UNTAET/UNMISET(March 2002-March 2003). While in mission, Inspector Josey performed a variety of duties including Human Rights Investigator, Human Rights Coordinator in Bosnia Herezgovina, as well as Chief of Strategic Planning and Chief of Operations in an executive policing mission in East Timor.

Meritorious Service Medal (civil division) citation:
On 24 April 1998, while employed by the United Nations as a civilian police officer in Bosnia and Herzegovina, RCMP Insp. Victor Josey helped the wounded mayor of Drvar escape rioting citizens who had stormed the UN police station where the man had taken refuge. Displaying great determination, Insp. Josey helped the mayor flee the building and, shielding him with his body from rocks and sticks thrown at them, prevented the mob of angry people from killing him. Insp. Josey’s professional conduct in an extremely violent situation served to enhance the reputation of Canadian police within the international community, and brought great credit to Canada.

In honour of Isp. Josey’s service a mine detection dog will be trained in his name.

Major donors to this effort include:

  • Isle Dance event hosted by Senator Elisabeth Hubley
  • Students at Saba University School of Medicine
  • Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill
  • Bethel Presbyterian Church
  • St. Kevin’s Parish – Roman Catholic
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • St. Thomas Anglican Church
  • 1 Stop Print, Toronto
  • The International Centre for Sustainable Cities

 

Major-General (ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie, C.M., O.Ont., MSC (and bar), CD

During his thirty six years of military service in the Infantry, Lewis MacKenzie served nine years in Germany with NATO forces, and nine peacekeeping tours of duty in six different mission areas – the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Vietnam, Cairo, Central America and Sarajevo.

He is the only Canadian, military or civilian, to be awarded a second Meritorious Service Cross. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1993. A minefield was cleared in Afghanistan in his honour.

 

Lieutenant-General Gordon Reay

The first project of the Peacekeepers Demining fund honours Lieutenant-General Gordon Reay who was killed in a tragic accident on December 13th, 2000 while on a humanitarian mission in Croatia. General Reay was serving as a special advisor to Canada’s Ambassador for Mine Action. He was working to eradicate anti-personnel landmine stockpiles in Eastern Europe and South Eastern Europe. Gordon Reay grew up in Montreal and joined the Canadian Military in 1961 as a cadet at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated in 1965. In 1975, after a tour of peacekeeping duty in Cyprus he was awarded the Member of British Empire (MBE). He became Commander of the Canadian Land Force in January 1993.

The project is a 19,172 m2 minefield in the village of Kula is in Busovaca municipality, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the war, this village was between the HVO and ABIH confrontation line. The area is presently abandoned because the threat of mines prevents villagers from returning.

Major donors to this effort include:

  • National Defence College of Canada Class XXXIX Dew Engineering Development Limited
  • Computing Devices Canada
  • Judy Geller Sher-Faber Virginia
  • Analyze This! Film Course Events
  • Carolyn Parrish, M.P.
  • Federal Riding Association of Mississauga Centre
  • Daniel Livermore
  • Maxfield Foundation

 

Master-Corporal Jeffrey Walsh

Master Corporal Jeffrey Scott Walsh, of Regina SK, with the second battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was accidentally shot by a fellow soldier, two days after his 33rd birthday and just days after arriving in Kandahar, Afghanistan to begin his tour of duty. The father of three was killed August 9, 2006.

In 2007 a project was undertaken to train a mine detection dog (MDD) named ‘Jeff’. The MDD will be deployed in Afghanistan.

Major donors to this effort were:

  • Sarnia Muslim Association
  • Rotary Club of Belleville

 

Groups

Carol Isfeld MSM and Brian Isfeld MSM, CD

Before the death of their son Master Cpl. Mark Isfeld, Mrs. Isfeld would knit woollen dolls for her son to distribute to destitute children. Following Mark’s death in 1994, the Isfelds continued to provide these ‘Izzy’ dolls to Canadian soldiers to give to orphaned and vulnerable children in war-torn regions around the world. As a result, there are children around the world who’s first impression of Canada is a woollen doll with a blue beret.

Carol died in August 2007 and Brian followed in January 2008. In their honour two mine detection dogs, named Carol and Brian , were trained and are now working in Bosnia.

 

Honouring the Buffalo 9

Photograph of Buffalo 461 taken approximately two weeks before the aircraft was shot down on 09 August 1974 killing Capt G.G. Foster, 116 ATU; Cpl M.H.T. Kennington, Cdn Contingent Admin Unit; A/MWO C.B. Korejwo, 1 RCR; MWO G. Landry, 3 R22eR; Capt K.B. Mirau, 116 ATU; Cpl M.W. Simpson, 116 ATU; MCpl R.C. Spencer, 116 ATU; Cpl B.K. Stringer, 116 ATU; Capt R.B. Wicks, 116 ATU.
In late 1973 the Canadian Forces commenced another United Nations operation in the Middle East (UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE II). Included in Canada’s commitment to the mission was the tasking of two Canadian Forces’ Buffalo aircraft and crews, whose home station was Trenton, Ontario. In the Middle East, the unit was stationed in Ismailia, Egypt, a small city next to the Suez Canal.

Upon arrival in Egypt, the Buffalo aircraft and their crews immediately commenced operations, flying on a basis of 150 hours monthly. The flying was very demanding, not only due to the ever-changing weather but the danger of flying in a war zone.

This latter aspect was brought home tragically on the 9th of August 1974 when Buffalo aircraft number 115461 while on a routine United Nations flight to Damascus, Syria, from Beirut, Lebanon climbed eastward over the Lebanese highlands, and was shot down by the Syrian Armed Forces. Apparently the Buffalo was ‘painted’ by Syrian radar, and subsequently destroyed by Syrian surface-to-air missiles.

The Syrians claim it was an accident in that the Buffalo had shown up on their radar as an Israeli enemy aircraft in an ‘attack profile’ heading towards Damascus. The Buffalo crashed near the village of Diemas, Lebanon. Aircraft Captain Gary Foster of Calgary, and his crew and passengers totalling nine Peacekeepers were killed in the crash of the Buffalo aircraft.

In the 60 years of service on International Peacekeeping duties throughout the world, the incident of the 9th of August 1974 was the worst loss of Canadian Peacekeepers during any one incident.

In honour of the Buffalo 9 60,000 square metres of land was cleared in the area of Kabul through the Afghan Technical Consultants.

Major Donors to this effort include:

  • English Learning Centre of the University of Victoria
  • Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill
  • Mentor Educational Inc
  • Rotary Club of Brantford
  • Karin Hunter
  • Rotary Club of Waterdown
  • Mentor College High School Program
  • Estate of Paul Andronik
  • Maria Almudevar-Van Santen
  • Rotary Club of Burlington North

 

Military Wives Sisterhood

Military spouses have thousands of different faces with hundreds of individual needs. They are often complete strangers even though their partners may work together daily and stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefront.

Their everyday lives may vary in every way, but, inside ALL of them, there is a part that is a military spouse. That means different things to different people but, to them, it refers to the place where fears and anxieties are mixed with a sense of indescribable pride. Pride in a partner who has chosen a path of selfless service.

They believe that their support helps their partners to walk that path strong and brave like they do and that their contribution as healthy individuals to our own well being and that of our community is integral.

A minefield was cleared in Afghanistan in their honour.

 

RCMP’s International Peace Operations Branch

Each year the Canadian Landmine Foundation has honoured a police peacekeeper nominated by the RCMP. In 2008, we honoured the RCMP’s International Peace Operations Branch, which deploys Canadian police personnel to countries around the world that have experienced conflict or are threatened by it.

Over the past two decades, close to 2,500 Canadian police officers have served on more than 35 missions around the world. A minefield was cleared in Afghanistan in their honour.

 

The Royal Canadian Regiment, 3rd Battalion Group

On October 2, 2003, Sgt. Robert Short and Cpl. Robbie Beerenfenger, two soldiers with The Royal Canadian Regiment, 3rd Battalion were killed and Master Cpl. Jason Hamilton, Cpl. Thomas Stirling, Cpl. Cameron Laidlaw were injured in a landmine blast while on a routine patrol of Kabul, Afghanistan. The RCR-3rd Battalion Group are based in Petawawa, Ontario. This project of the Peacekeepers Demining Fund cleared 120,000 square metres of residential and agricultural land in the area of Kabul, Afghanistan in recognition of the service of the 3rd Battalion Group of the Royal Canadian Regiment and in memory of Sgt. Short and Cpl. Beerenfenger. While the soldiers in Afghanistan were not serving on a peacekeeping mission, their role as part of the International Stability Force was essential to preserving peace.

The project was undertaken by Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) which was founded in 1989 and is one of the largest and leading mine clearance organizations currently operating in Afghanistan. ATC now employs nearly 1300 Afghans. ATC-07-08 and ACT-07 – 09 funded ATC Team #7 from June to September 2004.

Major Donors to this effort include:

  • Operation Hockey Heroes organized by Mike Chatwin and Maj. John Lalonde supported by the Canadian Forces personnel serving at Camp Julien in December 2003.
  • Peerless Garments, Winnipeg MB
  • Hon. Hilary Weston
  • Senators Against Landmines, led by Senator Elisabeth Hubley

Contact Information

Matt Baker, Administrative Coordinator

Phone: (519) 885-5183
Toll-free phone: 1-866-346-5221
[email protected]

Mailing Address
Canadian Landmine Foundation
c/o LCMSDS, Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Physical Address
232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON

Business Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: Closed

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