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Article / January 13, 2017

By Cpl Jean Archambault, 38 Canadian Brigade Group Public Affairs

Winnipeg's winter started out great this year; it was delayed in arrival until the fifth of December! The warm temperatures and sunny skies were soon replaced with a winter storm and around 30 centimetres of snow, breaking the city’s record for the latest first snowfall of the year. Roads turned disastrous as the snow and wind greatly reduced visibility and it seemed that every driver got stuck at one point.  But that was no deterrent for soldiers of 38 Signal Regiment (38 Sig Regt). They trudged through to mlove as the excited children smiled and laughed along with their teachers and the soldiers volunteering their time.ake sure one annual holiday operation continued without a hitch to help bring holiday cheer to city children.

From December 6 to 8, 2016, Members of 38 Sig Regt braved the chilly weather for their annual Operation Radio Santa. A small group of reservist signallers based out of Minto Armouries drove through Winnipeg’s storm to Radisson School to set up a tent and equipment so they could establish a communications link with the North Pole. Once Santa Claus was on the line, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 students had a chance to chat with him and share their Christmas wishes.

In the middle of the winter chaos, the cozy communications tent was filled with heat and For Corporal Jessie Kuzyk being part of Operation Radio Santa was an opportunity to give back to the community.

 “We work in an environment that doesn’t usually have kids. It feels good to do something positive for the community and to have the kids speak with Santa,”  added Cpl Jessie Kuzyk.

Operation Radio Santa happens every year and brings joy to the hearts of the children. During the event students had the chance to dress up as a soldier, draw what they like about Christmas, ask questions to the reservists and most importantly have the opportunity to talk with Santa Claus.

The 38 Sig Regt’s Honorary Colonel, Barry Burns, says the children aren’t the only ones who benefit from this set-up.   “I have taken part in three of these events so far and I do enjoy watching the kids. But more importantly, I take great pride in watching my soldiers perform such a delicate and unusual duty and they do it with great enthusiasm and professionalism, ”  he added.

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