The June 4 episode of Defence Team News highlights the HMCS Haida National Historic Site

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In this episode, we highlight the:

  • Defence Team Champion for Gender and Diversity;
  • HMCS Haida National Historic Site; and the
  • 2018 Navy Bike Ride


Welcome back to Defence Team News. I’m Lt(N) Jeff Lura.

And I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Diversity, inclusion and equality are integral to our work at Defence.

With Pride Month upon us, which celebrates this diversity, we’re joined today by Rear-Admiral Luc Cassivi to learn more about his role as Defence Team Champion for Gender and Diversity for Operations.

Welcome Admiral Cassivi. Can you explain what it means to be the Defence Team Champion for Gender and Diversity for Operations?

Well, it means the opportunity to work with a great team of champions to create an environment where inclusiveness is present for everyone on the Defence Team, so we can harness the potential of all members for better planning and better execution of operations.

In your role as Champion, what are your goals for the coming year?

Well, first goal is to get ourselves organized with all the co-Champions and to lay out a path ahead, but really to talk to our folks on the Defence Team to see where they see gaps in the efforts that we’re doing and where we can bring our potential to champion what they’re doing.

How are you celebrating Pride Month this year?

I’ll be going to Toronto and walking with the team of HMCS York and others at the Pride Parade, and celebrating with friends.

Thank you for joining us today, Admiral.

Great pleasure.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Haida continues to serve Canada as a national historic site located in Hamilton, Ontario. In a recent ceremonial commissioning hosted by the Royal Canadian Navy and Parks Canada, HMCS Haida was named the flagship vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy. The ceremony honoured the courageous spirit of this legendary vessel and all those who served for the cause of freedom.

This year marks Haida’s 75th anniversary of entering into service. She is the last remaining Second World War Tribal-class Destroyer in existence today, and a vessel that was among the fastest and most powerful of its kind at the time.

HMCS Haida will be transformed into an illuminated living memorial in remembrance of the Battles of the Atlantic and the St. Lawrence.

Before we go, a reminder that you have until 8:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time on race day to register for the Navy Bike Ride, taking place on June 9th  in the National Capital Region.

If you’re looking for a challenge, current serving Canadian Armed Forces members can register for the Admiral’s Cup 52 kilometre race. This military-only category will offer prizes to the top three female and male winners.

This year’s ride is even more family-friendly, with a family package option that allows you to register children at no extra cost. Click on the related links to register and find a shadow ride in your region!

That’s it for us, enjoy the ride and see you next time…

… for Defence Team News!

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