Vietnamese refugee gives back as a naval officer

By Darlene Blakeley It has been a long and remarkable journey from Vietnamese refugee to Canadian naval officer. Lieutenant-Commander Kim Poirrier, a logistics officer working with the Directorate of Naval Strategy in Ottawa, credits the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for shaping her into the strong, independent and confident woman she is today. “My journey in the CAF as a naval officer has opened doors for me, given me exposure to travel, and the ability to work at a professional level that I never dreamed possible,” she says. “I have a…

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Brothers proud to represent Canada on different stages

By Darlene Blakeley One has dreams of a career as a naval officer, the other has dreams of Olympic gold. Brothers Rene and Vincent De Haître represent Canada in their own unique ways, yet they also offer strong support to each other as they pursue their individual goals, even if they are a world apart. Vincent, a world class long track speed skater, will compete in the PyeongChang Olympic Games next month in both the 1,500 and 1,000-metre races on February 13 and 23 respectively, and Rene hopes to graduate…

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Newly created senior appointments to assist with RCN transformation

By Darlene Blakeley The substantial experience and perspective of two Chief Petty Officers 1st Class recently appointed to newly created senior positions will assist in the continuing transformation of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as it prepares for the future fleet. CPO1 Simon Lepage has taken on a senior appointment with the Directorate of Naval Strategic Readiness in Ottawa, Ontario, while CPO1 Michael Miller will work with the Naval Personnel and Training Group (NPTG) in Esquimalt. “The new appointments were made owing to the significance of the portfolios they represent,”…

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Navy couple shares family, command of same ship

By Darlene Blakeley They have made history as a navy couple commanding the same warship, but to Lieutenant-Commanders Chris and Victoria Devita, balancing their busy careers in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with a happy family life remains their prime objective. Victoria commanded HMCS Glace Bay for two years from 2013 to 2015, and her husband Chris took command of the same ship in early August. They were recently told by navy historians that this is the first time married partners have commanded the same warship. The couple lives in…

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