About The Guild
As a registered charity funded entirely by donors, the Guild supports Canada’s senior armoured regiment and the Regimental Family in their time of need.
A Regimental Family with a heightened sense of quality of life, communications and history & heritage.
We execute the Guild Charitable Program to achieve three Canada Revenue Agency approved objects: To promote the well-being, morale and quality of life of the Regimental Family by funding, supporting and undertaking projects that assist cadets and current and former soldiers and their families; To promote, protect, preserve and further the traditions and heritage of the Royal Canadian Dragoons as part of the Canadian Armed Forces; and To promote public awareness of the Regiment.
The Guild of The Royal Canadian Dragoons (Guild) is a private, Federally incorporated, not-for-profit company with an incorporation date of 17 March 1980 and a fiscal year-end of 30 September.
The Guild is granted charitable registration, without restrictions, under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (sections 149.1 and 149.2). The Guild has been assigned 119236347 RR0001 as its Canada Revenue Agency’s registration database number effective 1 October 1980.
As a registered charity, our primary regulators are Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT).
We remain in good standing with CRA and OPGT.
As a charity, we do not officially represent The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) nor the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
The Guild corporate head office is located at:
591 Menin Road, Y-137,
Petawawa, Ontario, K8H 2X3
Quality of Life
Supporting the Quality of Life (QOL) of our Regimental family members is one of three core efforts. Creating and maintaining a sense of security, a rewarding Quality of Life and a helpful community environment is our aspiration but we need everyone’s help
Life as part of the military is like no other and is a total commitment for the whole family, not just the soldier, and has unique challenges and hardships not found elsewhere. Emphasizing to our family members that they are not alone and that help is available through the Guild is only the start of what we do, but it takes all of us to ensure our collective success, especially through hard times (either individually or as sub-groups of the entire community). Our QOL goal is to ensure that: - We promote, nurture and sustain a strong sense of community and mutual support,
· Our family members know that the Guild is a resource to help them, and
· The Guild has the resources available to bring key capabilities to help Regimental Family members in times of need
History & HERITAGE
Protecting, preserving and enhancing the history and Heritage of The Royal Canadian Dragoons is a keystone function of the Guild. We are charged with safeguarding our unit history to ensure that future generations of Canadians know about our roots as Canada’s senior Armoured Regiment, understand our accomplishments and the sacrifices made by our predecessors, and create pride in the unit across this great nation
With your support, and in concert with government and other historical societies/organizations, we are committed to promote, protect, and preserve the traditions and heritage of The Royal Canadian Dragoons by:
• Investigating, collecting and preserving historical information and data of Regimental actions/activities,
• Collecting, restoring, maintaining and displaying historically relevant vehicles and equipment used by the Regiment;
• Procuring and maintaining historical uniforms and accoutrements for ceremonial and educational activities;
• Holding ceremonies, displays and educational activities to celebrate important events in the history of the Regiment, including the loan of collections to other organizations.
Awareness & Communications
The Guild’s awareness mandate is to promote public understanding of the Regiment and Regimental Family as well as promoting dialogue within the family through effective communications. Through this effort we will enhance support for the Regiment and the goals of the Guild.
Once a Dragoon, always a Dragoon” is a common motto that demonstrates our sense of family and willingness to support each other but the Guild must work hard at communicating to create and maintain that common awareness to generate support and nurture our collective pride in the Regimental Family.
The Guild manages and supports the exchange of information into the public domain and across the Regimental Family through correspondence, a robust online and social media presence, and through various publications. It also participates community and military events to raise public awareness of The Regiment
Dragoons Guild News & Events
- From the Field
- Guild News
- Living History
- Regiment News
- Upcoming Events
On Thursday, 14 April 2022 The Royal Canadian Dragoons held a parade for our 77th annual celebration of the Liberation of Leeuwarden. We were fortunate to have the Van Dyke…
Supporting the Regimental 2022 IRON WARRIOR Team
Exercise IRON WARRIOR is a physically and mentally demanding event, run annually at Garrison Petawawa by 2CMBG. It consists of a series of marches, portaging and canoeing along the Ottawa…
Dragoons & the Liberation of North West Europe
April 15th, 2022 is the 77th anniversary of the Liberation of Leeuwarden. To commemorate this event, Project ‘44 has made a story map covering the last 30 days of combat for the Dragoons as they helped to Liberate NW Europe. The individual squadron movements were recreated from the RCD’s own maps in their war diary.