Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Regimental Association - April 2015 Newsletter


AGM to be held April 20. 8 pm in Jericho Garrison Conference Room 4050 West 4th Avenue. It will be followed by a reception in the Combined Mess. You should have already received the formal Notice of Meeting by email. All current and past members are welcome to attend but only paid up members will be authorized to vote. We will be happy to receive annual dues at the door. It is not expected that any of the current executive plan to stand for election. Your President will have completed a two year term and needs to focus on his duties of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel. It is time for younger members to step up into a leadership role. LCol (ret) Al Baylis has agreed to chair the Nominating Committee again this year.

If you have an interest in running for election, please contact him at the following: Telephone: 604 591 7089 email You can also contact President Rod Hoffmeister for information regarding position details and responsibilities The Special Resolution to reduce the minimum number of Directors from 5 to 3 is intended to help streamline the management of the Association. It has the full support of the current executive.

98th Annual Vimy Memorial Service and Seaforth Reunion Dinner was a Big Success

The dinner was held last Saturday with about 190 people attending. This was the largest turnout in years. There was a good mix of soldiers, members of the Regimental family, spouses, partners, and guests. A highlight of the evening was the dedication by Padre McRae of the replica Vimy Cross. The building of the replica was done by a team led by Sieg Linzmeier. The new cross now contains all the names of the Seaforths that fall at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The original cross will now be able to remain in a safe place of honour. Cpl Dave Strachan was awarded the Fairweather Shield for his contribution to the Battalion and for his work on the Seaforth Museum. Thanks to Rick Ciccone and his committee for their hard work in making the dinner the best in memory.

Change of Command Set for Sunday May 31st

The Change of Command from LCol Scott Raesler to LCol Paul Ursich will take place at the Jericho Garrison at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to attend to welcome LCol Ursich back as CO.

Three Veterans set to attend 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the Liberation of the Netherlands

Jack Rossiter, Jock Murray, and William Stoker will be traveling to Holland in May to represent the Association as part of the Official Delegation. HCol Mike Shields and HLCol Rod Hoffmeister will also be attending with their wives. Special remembrance will be paid to the graved of the 27 brave Seaforths who lie in the Holten Cemetery.

The Fight for Italy

The publisher of the Legion Magazine has produced a special collector's addition of the fight for Italy. It includes great photos and an excellent commentary by Mark Zuehllke. It can be found on most newstands until June. It should be of interest to all Seaforths past & present.

We hope to see you at the AGM

Rod Hoffmeister, Association President