HCol Goldring “proud and privileged” to have appointment extended

Article / January 30, 2014 / Project number: 13-0170

Toronto, Ontario — The Canadian Army’s first Honorary Colonel has had his appointment extended until October 18, 2016.

I am privileged to be the Honorary Colonel of a Canadian Army that is strong, proud and ready,” says HCol Blake Goldring. “I’m confident that whatever our Canadian Army turns its focus to, it will succeed. It does so in spades: helping to restore a sense of security in a place like Afghanistan or helping to get life back to normal in the Philippines.” 

HCol Goldring is the founder of Canada Company, a charitable, non-partisan organization that serves to build a bridge between business, community leaders and the Canadian military. Due to his charitable endeavours and his staunch and vocal support for the Army he was appointed the first ever Honorary Colonel for the Canadian Army in March 2011.

Having had the opportunity to see soldiers train first-hand on tools such as the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units (ROWPU), HCol Goldring is impressed with Canadian soldiers’ readiness, citing the Army’s participation in the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)’s recent humanitarian mission in the Philippines.

It is great to see our soldiers practice and acquire expertise in utilizing these tools and then apply these skills in the field. We’re talking 30,000 litres of water per day – pure water – which is really quite incredible.” 

Also incredible, he points out, has been Canadian soldiers’ contributions to restoring and maintaining peace in Afghanistan and training Afghan National Security Forces.  

I think what we have been able to do is to develop a capable, sustainable Afghan National Security Force. Our soldiers can feel very confident that they made a difference in Afghanistan; they helped to establish a strong foundation on which they can build a secure future.” 

Honorary Colonels are vital to fostering esprit de corps within their communities. By their very presence and name, they build and develop community support by providing a public profile. The Honorary Colonel is also seen to be the guardian of traditions and history, promoting the Army’s identity and ethos and being an advisor to the Commander on various issues.

HCol Goldring says he is looking forward to his continued appointment and is thankful for the experiences he has had.

The time I've spent with the troops has shown me in a much deeper and broader way the great professionalism of our men and women, and the commitment that they, and their families, make in serving our great nation. I am inspired every day by their dedication, and it is my sincerest pleasure to continue serving as the Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army.” 

By Samantha Bayard, Army Public Affairs