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Christmas Message from the Colonel-in-Chief


My Dear Patricias,

As you know by now, Christmas is a wonderful time for me. I love to think back through the whole year which is filled with so many memories and events with all of you. This was a particularly outstanding year as we celebrated our 100th Anniversary. There is nothing like a Centennial to help us reflect, to enjoy each other’s company and to make memories for the future. Personally, we can all take time to enjoy wonderful meals, the company of family and friends and an opportunity to take some time to relax and enjoy our best activities.

Marking 100 years of service for our Regiment is of enormous significance. And by marking this with all our celebrations we promise ourselves that we will pledge to do even more in the future. As your Colonel-in-Chief, I cannot find enough words to tell you how much I admire each and every one of you. Your hard work, your pride and commitment, were all so beautifully displayed during this year’s commemorations.

The 1st Battalion under the leadership of Lt. Col. Nick GrimShaw set a stunning example with our Edmonton Commemoration. It was the foundation for all the Centennial events that followed. It was so important to demonstrate the undying bond between our Regiment and the city of Edmonton. 

The 2nd Battalion under the leadership of Lt. Col. Bob Ritchie forged the way with the Memorial Baton Relay. This was a monumental feat that saw our runners cross 5 provinces from Edmonton to Ottawa via Montreal. And they are not finished yet! They still have a way to go with our upcoming Frezenberg Commemoration. It will be thrilling to have the Baton carried to Ypres. 

The 3rd Battalion under the leadership of Lt. Col. John Errington plunged themselves headfirst into the Ottawa Commemoration with vitality and precision which will never be matched. It was such a complicated undertaking with all the events like the Sunset Ceremony, the Freedom of the City, and the Parade of Rededication. The coordination of our activities on places as important historically as Parliament Hill, Ottawa City Hall, and our beautiful National War Memorial was nothing short of outstanding.

But none of these efforts would have been possible without the participation of all our Patricias who worked hard in all the units and headquarters across the country, particularly in Edmonton, Wainwright, Suffield, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. 

I am so moved and impressed by all our Patricias and their dedication, loyalty and effort. In spite of the fact that we have ended our operations in Afghanistan, we still have comrades who are deployed worldwide notably in Africa, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Europe. Patricias are continuing to help forge our Canadian identity through service and sacrifice as they have for the last 100 years. We hold dear the 1,866 members of our Regiment who have fallen in Canada’s wars and other military operations. We will remember them.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and the happiest New Year. I would love you to join me in a toast as soon as you can with your friends and family to all our Patricias the world over.

Adrienne Clarkson, Colonel-in-Chief

Christmas Message from the Colonel of the Regiment


This is the first Christmas in twelve years that the Regiment has not been engaged in Afghanistan. I certainly hope that all members of the Regiment, the Association and Foundation will be able to spend time with their family and friends at this very special time of the year. 

We have just completed a momentous year with the celebration of our 100th Anniversary of service to Canada – thanks to literally thousands of Patricias who took on the responsibility for organizing and conducting projects and events for the 100th. We can all be justly proud of how very well all the events were conducted. We now look forward to the Frezenberg Commemoration in May 2015 to finalize this chapter of the Regiment’s outstanding contributions and its sacrifices to the nation.

This year I will once again have the privilege of sharing in the Christmas Dinner with Second Battalion. This is without doubt one of the most enjoyable events of the year as we continue a very important tradition of giving thanks and sharing our accomplishments each year.

All the very best to you and your family at this Christmas and holiday time. Take some time to enjoy the season – you certainly deserve it. 

Lieutenant-General R.R. Crabbe (Ret’d), Colonel of the Regiment


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PPCLI Commemorative Stamp packages are still available

Just in time to use with your Christmas cards. A book of 12 stamps is only $25, and it comes in an envelope with an engraved badge, and has copies of the Commemorative envelope and all the press releases. A sheet of 50 stamps is just $75 plus $2 shipping.

A framed sheet of 50 stamps is also available. This would be fine gift or keepsake.

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PPCLI wine

Are you looking for a unique Christmas present?   You may wish to consider ordering some PPCLI Wine from Château des Charmes.   Ordering the wine is simple.   Use the attached order form and contact Michele Bosc at her email   or by phone at 1-800-263-2541 ext 226.

The wines are a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at $14.95 per bottle. This is a mouth water black cherry, dark chocolate with a bit of spice and will keep well for the next few years.

The second wine is 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay for $12.95 per bottle.   This is fresh, crisp wine with notes of apple and pineapple.  

Shipping is a bit extra, but Château des Charmes will ship direct to your door.   The wine can be delivered within Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and BC.

 PPCLI Labeled Wine

The SW Ontario Branch of the Association and Château des Charmes are pleased to announce that you can now purchase PPCLI labelled Sparkling Wine.  

The Brut wine is priced at $26.95 per bottle and the Rose at $32.95.  

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100th Info


Sirs, Gents,


From BGen (Ret’d) Kennedy and the Public Information Steering Committee (PISC)


For widest distribution, please.


“Much information is now available on the social media sites developed or being used for dissemination of anniversary-related materials. The info is largely generated by Grant Cree (our TwittererSupremo), Karen Storwick and others in the Anniversary Office PA cell.


Twitter.  Flickr.  Facebook.  You can easily monitor the Regiment’s 100th Anniversary activities on these social media sites to keep in the loop with regular updates.  When you follow Twitter, you will have hourly event coverage throughout the Edmonton and Ottawa Commemorations and every day of the Memorial Baton Relay.  If you have not joined Twitter yet - it is free and easy, and when you first sign up you will be asked to include several sites to follow - include the one below for the 100th.  Please re-tweet to all your friends. When you visit Flickr you see the fabulous online photo and video gallery.  As well,  Facebook enables you to connect with thousands of friends you haven’t seen in years, and much info circulates there - please repost info on your own Facebook sites. By re-tweeting, liking and re-posting, you will help reach all Canadians.  


Websites. Visit the Regiment’s website ( – at the bottom right corner you’ll see the  social media symbols - you can click on them.  Or click on the “100th Anniversary” tab for commemoration details.  


For your convenience, here’s the direct PPCLI social media links:


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Blogspot.  In addition to these, there is a new blogspot at  .  This will provide articles and other information of a less immediate nature.  When you first visit the site, you can add your e-mail address for automatic notification of new posts at the upper right hand corner. It will then take you through a simple and short registration page.


Please disseminate widely, and feel free to cut and paste the main content of this message to web sites you administer or can comment on.


Vince Kennedy”



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