The 18 Pounder was the most common piece of ordnance in the Canadian Artillery during World War One. My former regiment, The 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA, was originally equipped with this gun when formed in 1920. The Regiment also precedes two batteries the 31st Battery in France and the 68th Battery in Russia. Both of those units were equipped with the 18 pounder as well; most notably, 31 Battery fired 18 pounders during the artillery barrage leading up to the capture of Vimy Ridge.
In the beginning of the Second World War the 18 pounder was upgraded with the addition of pneumatic tires and served in a reserve capacity.
I was fortunate in contacting Base Wainwright in Alberta at the same time they were looking to discard an old 18 pounder that had been sitting outside for 40 years. It has now been moved to Bessborough Armoury in Vancouver and is being restored under the watchful eyes of the Regimental Museum. What a great piece of history!
Surrey Says Howdy to Howitzer
Vancouver is now home to a really big, really rare gun.
It's always great to be involved in the community and raise funds for a great cause. How can yogo wrong when it involves 500,000 fish and 500 people tasting beer. I was the chairman of a great team that put on this year's Tip 'n Taste. Our beneficiary was the Nikomekl Enhancement Society and they did a great job helping us sell tickets to the event. The Rotary Club of Langley, Central Langley Club and the Sunshine Rotary Club all pitched in and we had a great time.
Craft beer obsession profitable for Langley charities
Good things brewing at Langley’s Dead Frog, in time for Tip ‘n’ Taste
I was invited to the unveiling of the new Point of Interest sign at the Sayward Dock. The sign highlights the artillery installation on Yorke island which can be seen in the background.
Had a great day talking on the phone with a bunch of great people in the Langley-Aldergrove EDA. For those that I haven't contacted yet, we're looking for your opinion on some great pieces of policy that will be debated at the 2018 Liberal Party of Canada Convention in Halifax in April. Check out the policies here and then put your votes in when the prioritization vote starts on 4 March. Let us know what's important to you! Talk about it with your friends. YOU can make a difference. Need some help in understanding the context behind each of the policies? Drop me an email at Leon@leonjensen.ca and we can work out a coffee meeting with you and your friends.
Can't make it to the convention? Make sure your Liberal membership is up to date and then help us prioritize the policies. Would you like to donate to the Langley-Aldergrove Electoral District? Check out the Victory Fund and make your donation out either the national fundraising campaign or your local riding, the choice is yours.
Currently returning from the Conference on Defence and Security hosted by the Canadian Defence Association as well as their Annual General Meeting. It was an excellent event and I would encourage all Canadians to search the CDAI website for information about security issues that affect all Canadians. The topics covered over the two day event included: Security and Defence Challenges of the Future, Taking Advantage of Disorder, Harnessing National Capacity for Security and Defence and Implications for Building Military Forces in the future.
The BC Exchange Teachers Association attempts to provide a glimpse into some of our iconic Canadian cultural events for our exchange teachers. Today was a chance for some of the Aussies and our Brit teachers to try their hand at curling! No foreign teachers were damaged in the filming of this event!
Catherine and I are on the executive of the BC Exchange Teachers Association where we provide information, assistance and social contacts to teachers from around the world that have exchanged their job position and house with a Canadian teacher from BC. Our current group includes teachers from Australia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
Our new house completion was delayed by two months so we decided to make the best of a winter escape and ran off to Australia to catch up with some of the former exchangees and one of our current Canadian teachers that had just arrived in Sydney. It was an exciting 5 weeks of planes, trains and automobiles and gave us a wonderful opportunity to discuss some of the highlights and pitfalls of the exchange process with some of our alumni. Sydney to Melbourne, to Bendigo, Perth, Albany, Adelaide, Wodonga, Canberra and then back to Sydney. What a whirlwind tour! What great Australian hospitality! We gathered a lot of great info and look forward to any of our Aussie friends visiting us in Aldergrove when they come across the "big ditch" on their next adventure.
Had a great time providing some assistance to the Gordie Hogg election team. Knocking on doors with Member of Parliament for Cloverdale-Langley City, John Aldag, knocking on other doors with a fellow DSS grad and meeting the rest of the team at the campaign office. Quite the election buzz. Great feeling to see a good man win!
My Remembrance Day was focused on the Gunners of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA who are tasked with firing the 21 Gun salute at Portside Park in commemoration of all those that have died in the service of Canada. Last year we began the tradition of having the "Old Guard" in attendance fall in with the soldiers on parade. the tradition we established was that the Old Guard troop commander on parade would be the oldest Commanding Officer in attendance and the troop Sergeant Major would be the oldest Regimental Sergeant Major in attendance. This year it turned out that I was the oldest Commanding Officer in attendance and I had the honour in commanding the Old Guard on parade. Admittedly, I looked the part as I had just thrown my back out and was walking with the aid of a cane. Fortunately my Regimental Sergeant Major, Brian Cormier, was there to ensure that the Old Guard looked good on parade. Lest we forget!
Catherine and I assisted the Rotary Club of Langley Central with their Fraser Valley Wine Festival on Saturday night. The Club started the Wine Festival in 1989 and has raised over a million dollars for local charities and worthwhile projects. Great bunch of people in the Langley Central Club! Have you thought of doing worthwhile projects in the community? Get in touch with your local Rotary and find out how to become a member!