Archive for the Troops category

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

52 soldats de l’Armée canadienne au Centre Bell

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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!

Pour d’autres photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/molsonblog/sets/72157623341496672/

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Hockey Night in Kandahar

Hockey Night in Kandahar

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!

Hockey Night in Kandahar

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

Hockey Night in Kandahar

Master Warrant Officer Marshall Dumont with the Peter Mckay, Minister of National Defence (who I hear had a hat-trick!)

Hockey Night in Kandahar

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.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

True Patriot Love Foundation

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

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Messages from the Troops

BEST. DAY. EVER. last week when we got a letter from Ryan Seguin, TUAV Ops in Kandahar.  Ryan is one of the members of the TUAV Hockey Team in Afganistran that Molson has been supporting over the last year (see pics and read more about the team), and we were thrilled last Thursday to receive two parcels in the mail from him.  Just had to post a blog about it – was blown away by what he sent! Check it out.

Kevin Boyce, Molson CEO and President

Kevin Boyce, CEO and President, Molson

Ryan sent us a propeller that was on the UAV that had flown over Afghanistan during a mission in March.  All the hockey team members signed the propeller. Everyone wrote a little note too, which was the best part!

Messages from the troops

Messages on the propeller

Messages from the troops

Messages on the propeller

Messages from the troops

Messages on the propeller

Pashminas sent to us from the troops in Kandahar!

They also sent us some Pashmina’s from the local area.  The ladies in the office loooooooved these!

Thank you to Ryan, the Hockey team and ALL our Canadian Armed Forces.  Cheers from all of us at Molson….@toniahammer

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

92nd Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Today is the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and along with fellow Canadians, Molson is honouring the brave soldiers whose courage and sacrifices won’t be forgotten.  The pin (above) was created by the Vimy Foundation to commemorate Canada’s momentous victory at Vimy Ridge on April 9th, 1917 – the four colours representing the four Canadian Divisions who fought together for the first time.  Red – First Division, Blue – Second Division, Grey-Blue – Third Division, Green – Fourth Division.  The order of the colours reflects the positioning of the four Divisions facing the German defenses on the day of the battle.

Raising a glass to the heroes who served and are serving.

Cheers,

Tonia

On April 9, 1917, the Canadians did what other allied forces had so far failed to do – they took Vimy Ridge. At Vimy, regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity. After Vimy, the Canadian corps never looked back, and its success raised our international stature and earned us a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war.”