PERO Training Seminar- 1994

PERO Training Seminar- 1994

By Capt W.G. Morrison

The 1994 PERO Training Seminar was held in Borden from 1-3 June with the Meet and Greet on Tuesday the 31st. The weather was not too hospitable as it was cold Tuesday and Wednesday, was cold and rainy on Thursday, but it realized the error of its ways and was bright and sunny for the golfers on Friday. This poor showing did not dampen the great hosting efforts of the CFSPER staff and the base as they laid on accommodations at O-109, meals at the very fine Waterloo Mess and provided an out-standing conference centre in the guise of what I recognized as the "Old Maple Mess". The Seminar began with a social get-together and casino night where all officers could mingle and get to know one another. Many of us were able to put faces to names and to voices which is very helpful in a people business like ours. In the two plenary sessions on Wednesday and Thursday the 1st and 2nd of June, we had the opening remarks from LCol G.W. Pearson who extolled a cool, calculated and business-like approach to the future of the branch in these difficult times. These remarks were both motivational and a positive re-assurance to the Branch. Following this, Maj Hillier, Capt Poirier, Maj Helgason and Maj Scott rounded out the day with excellent presentations on CF Sports, Amenities, Resources and the CF Sports' Award Banquet respectively. On Day Two, Maj Melangon opened with a very interesting discussion of the business plan for CFSPER followed by Maj Ettinger who discussed CMCs. Next CWO Doucette closed out the morning with an ever-interesting briefing on the PERI's career shop and its going's on. Mr Bailey gave an excellent and well-received briefing on Personnel Support Programs (PSP), and Dr Lee took us up to the panel discussion with a thorough briefing on CF physical fitness programs and their future research and development. The panel discussion involving the senior staff, "The Godfather", and participation from the floor was interactive and informative.In looking at your critiques which is my purview sitting here next to the filing cabinet, I would like you to know that the presentations which interested the whole group the most were the director's opening remarks for good reason, the presentation on PSP as we are all interested in resources, and the presentation on physical fitness in the Forces. Some topics you would like to know more about and were interested in were the job of Welfare Officers overseas and recreation. There also was a plea for, "More lime for SOCCER" but I think there was amble SOCCER at noon hours considering the level of participation. The Branch Mess Dinner Thursday evening was excellent and it was possible for the young and the rest of us to mix with the retired members of our branch, the likes of Bill Buck, Harry Kerrison and our Col Comdt Joe Parr. This Mess Dinner was also the last dinner for many of our members who are retiring this summer and fall. Under FRP. they are: LCol Bob Swan; LCdr John Russell; Maj Al Ettinger; Maj Ron Kinnee; Capt Al Stoddard; Capt Al Kimick; Capt Michel Dumas; Capt Claude Massicotte; Lt(N) Fred Bradley; Lt(N) Ray LeBlanc; Capl Louise Maziarski; Capt Greg Peet; and Capt Paul Dorion. And on release, they arc: Maj Ken Harvey and Maj Bill Oliver. We wish them the best and hope to see them in the future. On Friday morning about 20 PEROs remained to golf, socialize and eat the gourmet barbecue cooking of WO Cec Wilson. In the afternoon, it was officially over and in words taken from one of the critiques, "This was the best ever, short and sweet - honest".  These sentiments sum up my feelings completely. On behalf of all PEROs who attended, 1 wish to thank Maj Melancon, his staff and CFB Borden for being such gracious hosts and making our stay so enjoyable. •

Some Noon hour Soccer Buffs at the Seminar