Timeline: 2020-2039

2020

January 21-23rd – The QOR 60th (Para) Coy with members of 32 Canadian Brigade Group and 31 Canadian Brigade Group conducted a full equipment static-line tamp parachute drop onto DZ Gorvad CFB Borden from 1000’ AGL. A CC-130J Hercules from 436 Sqn supported the drop. Lake Simcoe Regional Airport served as the Airhead. Paratroopers were participating on Exercise Northern Star at 4 Div TC Meaford and Burwash

Para Coy loading up on a RCAF J Model Herc – Regimental Photo
Para coy exiting at the ramp – Regimental Photo

February 8th -The 2020 Toronto Garrison Officer’s Ball, hosted by the Regiment at the Liberty Grand. As Toronto’s premier social event for the military community and supporters, the 203rd edition of the Garrison Ball commemorates the sacrifices and achievements leading up to the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and V-E Day.

Highlights of the Event included: 800 guests, including nearly 500 Army Officers from the Greater Toronto Area, as well as members of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force. As well as the Regimants Band and Bugles were the house band for the evening.

February 21-23rd – Winter Exercise Northern Star 2 at CFB Burwash as well as a Full Equipment Jump into CFB Borden.

February 26th – Last night the QOR Sergeants’ Mess hosted our annual memorial dinner for Sgt. Aubrey Cosens VC, commemorating the night where Sgt. Cosens’ actions won him the Victoria Cross. Last night was special not only because it was the 75th anniversary of that event but also having the @ash_of_c Sergeants’ Mess join us (Sgt. Cosens’ Regiment before joining the QOR during the war). Special thanks to RSM O’Halloran and his loving wife Raquel for organizing this event, and to all the family and friends who helped.

Senior NCOs of the Regiment and Argyls and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada at the Regimental Sergeants Mess at Moss Park Armouries – Regimental Photo

March 13th – The Regiment received  new jumpers Cpl Tang, Cpl Divito, Cpl Hill, Lt Merrithew, Cpl Trachuk, Rfn Chenier and Capt Beaupre (not in the photo) who completed their basic parachutists course this day.

new jumpers Cpl Tang, Cpl Divito, Cpl Hill, Lt Merrithew, Cpl Trachuk, Rfn Chenier and Capt Beaupre (not in the photo) – Regimental Photo

April – Regiment mobilizes contingent for Operation Reassurance the Canadian Armed Forces response to the COVID-19 fight. Members were on standby until end of August of 2020

April 26th – The Regiment celebrated our 160th Year as a Regiment. This historic day is usually recognized by a series of events attended by the Regiment and family. Due to the limitations presented by COVOD-19, the Regiment put out a Video.

May –  Sgt Craig Hood of the QOR of C named 32 CBG’s Snr NCO of the year for 2019.

Sgt Hood Senior NCO of the year for 32 CBG. – Regimental Photo

All unit Training Cancelled due to COVID-19 until September.

June 8th – Master Corporal Valentin Costache and Cpl Edward Tsoi are presented with the command coin from Major-General Andrew Downes, Surgeon General and Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto East. Master Corporal Costache and Cpl Tsoi received the coin for their work setting up new operating procedures to allow the teams of soldiers and medics to stay mission orientated during Operation LASER where Canadian soldiers and medics provided assistance at long term care facilities. Toronto, Ontario, 8 June 2020. Corporal Justin Dremanis, 4th Canadian Division Headquarters Public Affairs.

Master Corporal Valentin Costache – Corporal Justin Dreimanis, 4th Canadian Division Headquarters Public Affairs.
Corporal Ed Tsoi – Photo from Corporal Justin Dreimanis, 4th Canadian Division Headquarters Public Affairs.

July – Warrant Officer Mike Currie and Master Warrant Officer deploy on Op Impact to Jordan as mentors to the Jordanian Military.

August – Master Corporal Jessome and Captain Toohey-Foughnan deploy on Op Impact to Jordan as mentors to the Jordanian Military.

September 19th – 68 jumpers from both QOR of C and 3 RCR participated under clear skies, from two CC-130J aircraft, in formation.

September 20th, 2020 – The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada held their Change of Command and Change of Appointment ceremonies. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small virtual ceremony was held at Moss Park Armoury.

November 11th – Small contingent from the Regiment conducted a small ceremonial at the Regimental Cross of Sacrifice.

November 22nd – Ex Quick Rig was conducted though due to high winds parachute jump was cancelled.

December 12th – Regiment could not hold its annual Christmas dinner. But awards were still handed out.

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"