AD{CS6118925} n Thursday, August 4, 2016

Western SENTinel

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408 serves up beer, pancakes, and a whole lot more at veterans? centre

Amrit Kang CapitalCare Among the moments she?ll remember in her 36-and-a-half-year career with the military, Warrant Officer (WO) Patricia MacWilliams of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (408 THS) switches between tears and laughter when recalling her volunteer experience at CapitalCare Kipnes Centre for Veterans. ?Every time I leave here, I feel like I?ve won the lottery,? said WO MacWilliams, taking a break from serving up pancakes at the annual K-Days Breakfast to share a story or two about the residents with whom she?s developed a special bond. Jack Owen and Ira Roberts didn?t know each other before coming to live at the centre; Jack was in the army; Ira, the Air Force. WO MacWilliams connected them over a game of cribbage and the pair is now inseparable. On Jack?s 99th birthday last June, WO MacWilliams brought him his favourite raisin pie, which he shared with his pal Ira. ?It?s very rewarding,? said WO MacWilliams, thinking about how easy it is to do something meaningful for the veterans. One of her favourite moments was a recent outing to a local pub. It was the first time in 40 years that Ira was able to sit in the front seat of a vehicle and he got a little emotional. ?What means nothing to us, means a great deal to them,? said WO MacWilliams ?It really does help their quality of life, the time we spend with them.? For 20 years, members of 408 THS have had a special relationship with veterans, reaching back to the days of the former Mewburn Veterans Centre. When they made the move to the Kipnes Centre in 2005, members of 408 THS ?buddied up? with a veteran to ease the transition into their new home. Annual events, such as beer gardens and pancake breakfasts, at the Kipnes Centre renew and celebrate the relationship between veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and are anticipated by both groups. ?They love to see men and women in uniform,? said WO MacWilliams. ?It?s an instant connection to a shared experience.? WO MacWilliams would like to see even more members of the CAF spending time with veterans. She believes there is a lot that current serving members ? especially young ones ? can learn from veterans. When she retires from the military this fall, WO MacWilliams will be coming to the Kipnes Centre as a volunteer on a regular basis. That idea is very welcome to Jack and Ira. ?That?s very exciting,? says Jack, who turns 100 on the anniversary of D-Day next year and looks forward to seeing what surprises lay in store for him this year. For more information on volunteering at the CapitalCare Kipnes Centre for Veterans contact Bev Friske, Community Services Coordinator, 780-442-5720 or visit www.capitalcare.net. Photo by Capital Care L-R: Jack Owen, Warrant Officer Patty MacWilliams, and Ira Roberts at the annual K-Day Pancake Breakfast on July 22, hosted by 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans, where they enjoyed a performance by the band Prairie Wind. Photo by Edmonton Garrison MFRC 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER) sent troops to the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) to clean up the children?s play area. Given the busy nature of the MFRC taking care of military members? children, 1 CER decided to lend some extra manpower to provide a safer play area for the children attending MFRC events.

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