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Episode 8: #GuardingTheGames - The Final Chapter

October 20, 2017
This is it! The final episode dedicated wholly to the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. What a ride. It's been two weeks since we’ve returned from the iconic Games experience, and the rush is still with us. We spent the week scurrying around the city chatting with dozens of individuals about their

Commissionaire spotlight: Keith Montgomery, Ottawa Division

October 18, 2017
Although only in his early 20s, Keith is no stranger to taking a leadership role during emergency situations. Keith’s ability to remain calm and take immediate action may have saved multiple lives. Keith witnessed a serious multi-car accident while in his security vehicle in which, without

Commissionaires celebrate O Canada!

October 10, 2017
Thursday October 5, the evening we’d all be waiting for—well, many of us, anyway. It was finally the book launch date of the highly anticipated, “O Canada! A celebration of 150 years,” at Ottawa City Hall. The venue was elegant and there was the perfect amount of sweet and savoury snacks, alongside

Invictus is more than an event; Invictus is a mindset

October 05, 2017
“I am.” That’s a very powerful phrase. These two words, “I” and “am,” together, followed by specific characteristics, give people the power to define themselves. The effect of this kind of mind-over-matter is not to be downplayed. It can deliver the strength you need to stand up when the world seems

Podcast: Commissionaires and Invictus Games a natural fit

October 01, 2017
The eight days of Invictus Games Toronto 2017 were packed with action, inspiration and emotion. It's hard to believe the 2017 edition of the Games is now over. The crowds gathered to see the competitors arrive at the Air Canada Centre and the sold out stands inside the arena were loud and proud

Podcast: Transitions and purposeful work

September 28, 2017
This episode features excerpts from an interview with commissionaire Russ Treadwell, and a speech delivered by Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan. Russ Treadwell has been a commissionaire for three years. He joined our Northern Alberta Division after seven years of service, leaving because, as

Podcast: It takes a village

September 27, 2017
It's hard to believe we're already half way through #GuardingTheGames. It turns out that many months of careful planning and coordination is critical to ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible with 1,500 volunteers, 550 athletes (from 17 countries), plus family, friends and the public

Podcast: Finding perspective while #GuardingTheGames

September 26, 2017
Welcome to episode 4 of the Commissionaires podcast! We had the pleasure of chatting with Jermaine Griffith, a commissionaire on site at the Pan-Am centre who has been profoundly impacted by The Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Additionally, you'll hear from a few more commissionaires and their

Podcast: Meet some #IG2017 commissionaires

September 25, 2017
It's day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 and competition is in full swing. We're thrilled to share some stories from our commissionaires #GuardingTheGames. We've spoken with new and long-time commissionaires, both veteran and civilian about how their experience with #IG2017 has been, and what

Podcast: You will be inspired

September 24, 2017
General (Ret'd) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veteran Affairs, kicks off this show. For this episode, we recap the first day of competition with a focus on the powerful statements made at the kick-off press conference. Included excerpts from the press conference (in order) are: Melanie Harris