We love receiving photos of how we’re connecting with Canadians across the country…and across oceans. The photo above is of Lt Parker Donaldson (left) and Lt Durant (right) with Don Cherry in Afghanistan, wearing the Molson Canadian caps that we sent over for Operation Santa Claus this year!
Thank you for sharing these photos and for your brave service. Cheers to you!
Last week I had the honour of organizing a beer delivery of Molson Canadian to Afghanistan with the help of the Canadian Forces Deployment Resources and Molson Coors’ logistics and distributions team. With pride, I tweeted that I was doing so and the replies and tweet support that came back made me smile and just think about how much I love my job today and everyday because I work for a company that can and continues to support our troops around the world.
Loading up the truck – Tim Young and Tonia Hammer (me), Molson Coors Canada in Toronto)
Care of @MolsonFerg (who I swear is a walking library on Molson history!), I learned that supplying support to Canadian troops has been a tradition at Molson as far back as the late 1700s when John Molson served his country as a politician in peacetime – and as a soldier during war.
Throughout the War of 1812-14, Mr. Molson – the force behind the establishment of the country’s first commercial steamboat enterprise – enlisted in the force along with two of his sons and dedicated his steamships to the service of the Crown. The Swiftsure was the first steamship to be used in war.
So, on behalf of our employees here at Molson Coors Canada, cheers all of our Canadian Armed Forces and their families – ongoing, but especially now as Canada Day approaches. We’re raising a toast to your brave service.
De gauche à droite: Andrew Molson, Général Walter J. Natynczyk (Chef de la Défense nationale), Monique Dépatie de Molson Coors Canada et Donald Beauchamp, vice-président des Communications et Relations communautaires du Club de hockey Canadien de Montréal.
J’ai eu l’immense plaisir de rencontrer le Général Walter J. Natynczyk ainsi qu’une cinquantaine de soldats canadiens ayant combattu en Afghanistan l’année dernière, et qui sont prêts à repartir au moment opportun. Ces représentants de l’armée canadienne avaient été invités par le Club de hockey Canadien lors du match du mardi 2 février, contre Vancouver. Une soirée couronnée d’une victoire de nos Glorieux avec un compte de 3 à 2 sur Vancouver!
Le Général, accompagné des membres de son équipe, en a profité pour remettre un chandail officiel des “Forces” aux propriétaires du Canadien, soit Andrew et Geoff Molson également présent à l’événement.
Une magnifique soirée pour ces représentants de grande classe et chapeau à l’organisation du Canadien pour cette belle attention envers les représentants de la Défense nationale. Santé!
Earlier this year I got a call from a colleague of mine at Molson wondering if there was a good home from some extra Molson Canadian hockey sticks and jerseys. I thought PERFECT! – last year Molson sponsored a hockey team in Kandahar and I figured they would absolutely need some new sticks this year. After some emails back and forth with my contact, I was put in touch with Major Tim Hogan in Kandahar and together we were able to coordinate a shipment of sticks and jerseys to be used for their ball hockey league.
A couple weeks later, Tim surprised me with some news that they had very special guests at their base – The Minister of National Defence Peter McKay, Minister of Industry Tony Clement and Senator Pamela Wallin were there along with some families of soldiers who died while serving. The guests joined in the game and Tim was kind enough to send over some photos for me to share on our blog!
We created a “Hockey Night in Kandahar banner” which will go up in New Canada House over the TV so the guys can see it when they are watching hockey
Master Warrant Officer Marshall Dumont with the Peter Mckay, Minister of National Defence (who I hear had a hat-trick!)
Canadian soldiers and next of kin of soldiers with the Olympic torch which the Minister of National Defense brought over.
Again, thank you to Tim for the photos and to all the brave men and women across the world representing Canada. Cheers to you.
This touching video was passed to me through @MolsonFerg and Adrian Capobianco (a.k.a. @adriancapo on twitter) – a video capturing the story of a Canadian Military Family and the support they received from The True Patriot Love Foundation – a fantastic organization that supports members of the Canadian military and their families by raising funds for programs to improve their well-being and morale as well as celebrating their selfless service. Adrian and his team at Quizative.com created this video – take a look, pretty powerful.
Supplying support to our Canadian Troops has been a tradition for Molson for many years. Back in the 1700′s, John Molson served his country as a soldier during the war, and today, in 2009 I’m prepping for Molson’s participation in Operation Santa Claus 2009. This company and it employees are proud to continue to support our troops at home and abroad. Cheers. @MolsonTonia