Mike Babin is the son of Hong Kong veteran Alfred (RRC) and Christina Babin, both deceased. He is retired, having spent over 32 years with IBM Corporation in technical and senior sales and marketing positions.
After his retirement early in 2004 Mike became involved in the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association (HKVCA). He has been an active member of the HKVCA's Board of Directors since then, and is also the Ontario Regional Director.
Mike is married to Dawn and they have two children -Shelley and Julie -and two grandchildren. For many years Shelley and Julie swam competitively at the elite level, and Mike was heavily involved in volunteer work with their swim club, including holding positions on its Board.
Mike lives in Toronto. He is an avid tennis player, cyclist, and skier and enjoys triathlons, travel and studying French.
Phil, born in New Richmond, PQ, is a Hong Kong veteran who has worked tirelessly in support of his fellow veterans. Following the Battle of Hong Kong and his years as a POW, Phil returned to Canada and pursued a career in education.
He has held many positions within the education system, Masonic Order, Royal Canadian Legion, and Boy Scouts, among many others. In his service to the Legion he has held the office of president on three occasions in addition to holding other appointments.
Over the years he has been the recipient of many awards and honours, for example: The Royal Canadian Legion Meritorious Service Medal, Hong Kong Veterans Association Merit Award, Minister of Veterans' Affairs Commendation and Governor General Caring Canada Award, to name a few.
In his role as President of The Hong Kong Veterans Association Phil keeps a close watch on HKVCA activities, acting as a voice of sober second-thought and mentor.
You can read about his experiences at his web site "Memories Uninvited".
I am the son of Lieut. W. Vaughan Mitchell, Winnipeg Grenadiers, killed in action during the fall of Hong Kong just prior to Christmas, 1941. Also killed in action was his younger brother and my uncle, Lieut. Eric Mitchell, a member of the Winnipeg Grenadiers as well. Their names are inscribed on the same grave stone in the Sai Wan cemetery in Hong Kong.
I am the Treasurer and Membership person for both the Manitoba Branch of the Hong Kong Veterans Association and the Prairie Region of the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association. I joined the HKVA about 20 years ago and am a founding member of the Manitoba HKVCA. In August, 2003, I was elected to the position of National Treasurer of the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association, was re-elected in 2005 and 2009 and have continued in that capacity since.
I find my work with the Veterans' Associations to be both challenging and rewarding. There is much to be done and I am confident that our generation will carry on the tradition of perpetuating the memory of those who fought and suffered for the freedom of our country.
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I am the proud daughter of RRC James Andrew Flanagan (E30353).
Born and raised in Belledune, NB, I attended St. Thomas University and University of New Brunswick. Over the years I worked in the management field of communications, marketing and or administration. My work required extensive travel, and I lived in St. Johns, Halifax, Windsor, London and Toronto. I moved back home to help my mother and handicapped sister, as well as taking on other work.
I joined the HKVCA in 2005, and have been a member of the HKVCA Board of Directors since 2010. During the 2013/14 school year, I was the Education Coordinator (working under the guidance of Gail Angel and Pat Turcotte) for our annual Writing Contest. I have helped organize several reunions for our Atlantic region and chaired the annual meetings. In 2010 our municipality purchased 26 Hong Kong Veteran ‘Monument Badges”, whereby they were mounted on all local HK veterans’ headstones.
I take great pride in volunteering for the HKVCA and will continue to ensure our mission statement is top priority. Educating our school children and general public of our Hong Kong Veterans should always be at the forefront.
Mitzi Ross is the daughter of Lancelot Ross (Sergeant in the Royal Rifles of Canada) and Theda McRae Ross. She was born in Hopetown, Québec on the south coast of the Gaspé Peninsula. After high school she attended the Gaspe CEGEP from which she received a Collegial Studies Diploma and then moved to Ottawa to continue her education. She graduated from Ottawa’s Carleton University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and was employed with the federal government for 30 years working as a Marketing Coordinator at Statistics Canada. She retired in 2011, is married to Alan Sandeman and together they live in the west end of Ottawa.
Mitzi has indicated a desire to assist the Commemorative Association in its efforts to help keep alive the memory of the enormous sacrifices made by our Hong Kong veterans. She is committed to those who gave so much for their country: their youth, their health, their spirit and many, their lives. “Without their sacrifice we would not have the freedoms and choices which we now enjoy. We must keep the memory alive, lest we forget.”
I am the son of Capt. Edward Louis Terry who was the paymaster of the Winnipeg Grenadiers in Hong Kong. My dad was injured during the battle and died after less than a year in captivity in H.K. I was raised in Ottawa and Toronto by my extraordinary, single mom, Marjorie, now deceased. My mom and I became involved in the H.K. Veteran’s Association in the late 70's after the unexpected appearance of my father’s diary, years after the war. I was employed in high school education as a teacher and later vice principal for 33 years. I have been retired now for several years. I have two children, Scott and Ellen and two grand daughters, Hope and Chloe. I reside in Ottawa with my partner Ann Hyland. Together, Ann and I have attended several HKVCA conventions and as well as laying wreaths in Ottawa at local Remembrance Day services. We also do two or three educational presentations to teachers’ groups each year.
Ruth Murgatroyd is the Executive Director of the Fredericton Region Museum, a small but mighty organization whose collection is continuously growing. She is the granddaughter of William Joseph Hickie (1917-2002), E30331 1st Bn Royal Rifles of Canada. William Hickie lost his younger brother, Gordon Hickey (E30517), during the Battle of Hong Kong and is buried in the Sai Wan War Cemetery.
William was taken prisoner-of-war with the other survivors and would spend the rest of the was in various prison camps (Fort Stanley, North Point, Shamshuipo, Narumi and Tateyama).
Ruth graduated from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick where she received a BA in History with Honours. Passionate about history, the move into the museum industry was a natural fit. With encouragement from her museum’s Board of Directors, she accepted a role on the Board of Directors for the provincial museum association in 2011 and became President in October 2015.
Ruth does not have a lot of free time. Between the museum, volunteering and her very active family, she is always on the go. Grateful for the amazing people that surround her at home and at work, she looks forward to finding out what lies around the next corner.
I am the widow of Kenneth Muir, HK Veteran of the Royal Rifles of Canada.
I was born in Cowansville, Qc in the Eastern Townships, half way between Montreal and Sherbrooke. I have only one younger sister. I am the mother of two children and grand-mother to two grand-children, Jessica Lee and Justin. There are also Ken’s children Shirley, Danny, Carol and their families. I graduated from school in secretarial, book-keeping and later in life in accounting in both in French and in English.
I worked for 5 years in sales/advertising for the Vilas Furniture company, for 8 years for Albany International (makers of paper machine felts or blankets) in design and then retired 24 years ago from Sears Canada after 20 years service as Assistant Manager, Manager and finally in sales.
In 1989 I got involved in the RC Legion in Granby, as Ken was very active in the Legion as well as the HKVA. I have been an Associate member of the RC Legion for 25 years. I was also a member the Ladies Aux. of the RC Legion and held the positions of secretary, 2nd vice, 1st vice, president of the kitchen committee and served 5 years as president of the LA and also First-Vice Pres. for two years followed by a two year term as President of the Ladies Aux. both at the District Level. In the Senior Branch I held the position of secretary for 12 years, secretary/treasurer, secretary to the Service Officer as well as setting on most committees. Organized a Provincial Convention for the Quebec Provincial Command and attended 3 Conventions and many Seminars across the country for the RC Legion.
For 3 years during the summer months, worked with children as administration helper and general helper at a Children’s Summer Camp for underprivileged children. Was also involved as administration secretary, membership chairperson and president of social activities committee for the Senior Club of 2,000 members strong.
I have been associated with the HKVA since 1986. In 1992 got involved by organizing the Quebec-Maritimes Branch reunion and since that time organized many provincial reunions, 2 National Conventions and helped on other conventions and reunions for the HKVA.
I was first elected President (Regional Director) of the HKVCA Quebec Region in 1998 at the formation of the Quebec Region. Attended executive meetings of the HKVA Qc-Mar. Branch and proud to say, the first lady to sit at these meetings.
I attended many reunions, conventions and other functions of the Association across Canada.
Even following Ken’s death, I wanted to continue with the HKVA and eventually the HKVCA, because I believe in the Association and have great respect for what our fathers, husbands, uncles, grand-fathers did and endured for the freedom that we enjoy today and this even as a young child I felt this way even if, at that time while attending the Remembrance Ceremony, did not know the reason why I had that great respect for all veterans and for what they did for their Country.
It is imperative that the Hong Kong Veteran’s horrific ordeal NEVER be forgotten. It is also very important that the widows and families of the veterans’ everyday needs be taken care of. Personally I take some time for hobbies which are flower gardening and decorating in the summer months, reading, knitting and sewing in the winter months and of course continue to travel whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Carol is the daughter of the late Borge Agerbak, H-6326, and niece of the late Tage and Ken Agerbak, Winnipeg Grenadiers who served in Hong Kong. She has been involved with Hong Kong Veteran’s Association (HKVA) as an Associate Member for several decades and became the Secretary and Newsletter Editor for the Manitoba Branch, when their members were unable to continue.
In August 1993, upon learning that the Commemorative Association was being formed, she volunteered her services thus becoming involved in the Hong Kong Veterans’ Commemorative Association (HKVCA).
From the beginning she has been Secretary of Manitoba Region and Chair of the Manitoba Education Committee (now Prairie Region) participating in Red River Heritage Fair and SAGE conferences since 2003 as well as doing presentations in schools.
Nationally she was elected as President in 2011 - 2015; Past President of the HKVCA 2007 - 2011, chaired the Memorial Wall Committee and served as President from 2001 – 2007. She has been editor of the WASURERU-NAI, the National newsletter 2006 - 2014.
For her work and commitment she was honoured to receive the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs Commendation Award.
I was born in Quebec City and the youngest son of William G.J. Tuppert,, RRC. After graduating in 1972 I boarded a train bound for Vancouver and an adventurous few years in BC. I married a lady from Gibsons and we settled in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island where we still have a small rural acreage.
I keep busy with the upkeep on the property and as a contractor occasional sawmillingwork that comes my way. I love to go sailing during the summer and traveling with the camper van in the winter. Life in BC has been good to us and I would like to give back by supporting our HKVCA organization and the heritage it represents.
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