Our blog authors have unique perspectives on the world. Veterans, Soldiers, Writers, Legion members – these are people passionate about issues that matter, and eager to share their experiences and insights with you. Click on their names to learn more about their journeys.
Tim Garthside served as a Signals Operator in Kandahar, splitting his time between working radio shifts in the Tactical Operations Centre and on patrol. He’s currently returning to school at Simon Fraser University, while coordinating all Veterans Transition Network programs west of Quebec.
Timothy Collins is a writer and journalist living and working in Victoria BC.
Stewart is a Veteran who served on NATO operations to Bosnia and Kosovo, and both Robin and Stewart were raised in military families. They understand what a military life is, that it’s far from an ordinary life, and even further from an ordinary job.
They have friends battling PTSD and they see firsthand the struggle that newly returning Veterans, and service men and women face. This is the essence of their motivation, verve, and passion to see a change in how Veterans are cared for by the government.
Born and bred in BC, in 2009 Anonymous deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, returning to Canada in 2010 to pursue life as a civilian.
Allan started writing short stories at the age of 19 while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. His novel “Toronto Mist” about a Canadian Private Investigator was published in 1987.
He studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University 1978-1980. He has been published in several national magazines: Driving into danger, Reeled In, Horrors of Dieppe and Beyond, Maggie and the River, Dad’s Dieppe and Alan White, PI.
“Dad’s Dieppe” was printed in the Command Lookout Newspaper November 2011 and nominated for a National Award. In addition to writing short stories, Allan is a movie screen writer and has written and edited scene script for two future movies.
My name is Nolie and I am the spouse of a member of the Canadian Forces. I am also the proud mother to two wonderful little boys and step-mother to a third. You can find me sharing many stories about them and our lives as we live it one day at a time.
John Goheen is the tour guide for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Pilgrimage of Remembrance, and the principal of Alderson Elementary School in Coquitlam.
LCol Chris Linford has served 24 years in the Canadian Forces Health Services. On his first two missions he served as a Nursing Officer witnessing first hand the terrible trauma’s endured in modern war zones. As a Health Care Administrator in Afghanistan at the NATO Role 3 Combat Surgical Hospital in Kandahar from 2009- 2010, he witnessed the aftermath of deadly improvised explosive devices (IED) that either killed or severely maimed friendly troops. This experience led him one more time to the depths of severe PTSD.
His year and a half long treatment post deployment was one of the toughest experiences of his life, but he learned during this experience that his new calling and passion was to speak publicly and write about his experiences providing others the opportunity to follow his lead in getting back to good health to once again enjoy life and their loved ones.
In 2012 Mark Steele, Zone Commander North Shore Howe Sound, was selected as the official Legion representative on the Canadian Forces (CF) Nijmegen March Team! The 93rd annual Nijmegen March was held Holland July 17th – 20th.
Only one representative is selected nation-wide, and Mark received the honor to train and travel as part of the CF team. The CF Nijmegen March Team has been sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion since 2000. This was an exciting, once in a life-time experience that he was pleased to share with you!
Shaun is a long-time Legion member (25 years!) and Correctional Officer in Agassiz, who took the journey of a life-time touring through France, Belgium and the Netherlands on the Pilgrimage of Remembrance during the summer of 2013.
Throughout the trip he shares experiences and photos with us of many amazing monuments and battle fields both large and small. But it is the individual stories of the ordinary soldiers that strike him the most, and that he is passionate about sharing.
Every name on the Vimy Memorial, like every name on a grave marker in the cemeteries that he visits, weaves a tale. The fisherman, the bank clerk, the miner, the cowboy, from every walk of life from every corner of Canada. Some were lost forever.
Inga Kruse is a former Executive Director of the Royal Canadian Legion BC Yukon Command. Her occasional posts on topics of interest brought a unique perspective through her role at the helm of the Professional team of the Legion.