Dragoons, Ladies and Gents

It’s with great pride I assume the duties and responsibilities of the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) Association. As a former Regimental Sergeant Major 2003-2006, I have lived many joyful memories of this fine Regiment. We continue to enjoy the spirit of fun, laughter and cohesion, felt by many since 1883. Please read on and enjoy the full spectrum of our serving and retired combined website. We as an association hope you will join us at some point, regardless of rank, amount of service served, or even trade. We have many members and fostered many relationships with our combat supporting and combat service supporting arms. We still have a ton of memories to share. Regardless of positions held.

Who are we anyway? We are an association of retired and serving members of Canada’s Senior Armoured Regiment and we can be found in regional Chapters all across the country. We are a friendly bunch, always willing to welcome new faces to our humble group, always willing to lend a hand and always willing to talk about the Regiment and it’s service to our country. The Association exists to foster, maintain and promote the traditions, the wellbeing and the esprit de corps of the Regiment; we provide advice, assistance and guidance to the Colonel of the Regiment and we help to ensure the essential purposes of the Regiment are maintained and that the Regimental Family speaks with a common voice on matters of Regimental concern. Equally important, however, is the fact that we look after each other. Because of our regional organization, retired, former or still serving members of the Regiment can always get together with old friends without traveling long distances and help is usually just a phone call away. Every two years, the Association holds a national Reunion, usually at a different place each time, our last formal event was in 2016 in St Jean Quebec, with the next national Reunion to be in Ottawa in 2018. However, the individual Chapters hold many welcoming events throughout the year. Summer BBQs, lunches and dinners corresponding with major Regimental celebrations such as the Leliefontein weekend, the Regimental Birthday, Leeuwarden, Remembrance Day or whatever reason comes to mind at the time are the real reasons the Association exists - keeping people in touch. The Association was formed in 1974 with Brigadier EAC (Ned) Amy, acting in his capacity as Colonel of the Regiment, serving as the first President and convening the first meeting of the Association in the Armouries of the Royal Canadian Hussars in Montreal on the 26th of October of that year. The Royal Canadian Dragoons Association was granted Letters Patent effective 15 June, 1976, and the Chapters began forming in their regions shortly afterwards. Membership in the Association is through the individual Chapters and for a minimal price, brings with it subscriptions to the Association’s annual newsletter “The Dragoon”, and as an added bonus we are now combined with the “Springbok” the serving member’s annual newsletter. Individual Chapters also produce annual newsletters so there are many opportunities to keep in touch. As a result, the Association is doing well but it is always ready to welcome new members and I urge you to contact the Chapter representative found below and talk to them about becoming a member. I recommend that you also to visit this site as often, as possible, there is a fountain of information and it changes like the waters beneath the ground. We have a page which covers the Board of Directors and the Chapter Chairs and each Chapter has, or will have, a link to its particular information and events. There are lots of opportunities to keep up with the Regiment and with the Old Comrades and I urge you become a member and keep in touch with all of your old friends.

Mr. Denis Levesque
Royal Canadian Dragoons Association

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