June 19 2021, Chevalier Allan Plett, KCStG, the Prior of Cascadia Priory, received Honorable recognition as a Metis by Metis Elder, Grandmother Suzanne Thomadis, when she gifted him with a Metis sash at the celebration of Life for Chevalier Larry Arkell.
KGCStG Steven Mohns retired as Prior of Cascadia Priory in April 2021. While we are sorry to see him step down, we recognize that family obligations take precedence over Priory needs and we are just glad to keep him in the Cascadia family.
Meanwhile, we wholeheartedly welcome KCStG Allan Plett, our previous Deputy Prior as he steps up to take on the leadership challenges of the Cascadia Priory.
In October 2020, Chevalier Steven Mohns was promoted to Knight Grand Cross Order of St George (KGCStG).
Chevalier Allan Plett was also promoted to Knight Commander Order of St George (KCStG ) and Dame Melanie Graham was promoted to Dame Commander Order of St George (DCStG).
Chevalier Larry Arkell, Veteran and Knight of the Order of St George passed from this world the evening of May 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM. His last days were spent in the palliative care unit Laurel Place in Surrey, British Columbia. Larry’s life was one of service. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an anti-submarine weapons officer. He also served as a volunteer on the ski patrol at Mt Washington near Comox British Columbia. A philosopher (BA University of Victoria) Larry also served as a line social worker for 13 years, and self-identified as Metis, becoming a respected voice of the Metis community in Surrey (Living Historian). His loss is lamented by his friends, family, and community, including Suzanne, Joy, Brian, Louis, Richard, Steve, Caroline, Chelsea, Shelly, Allan and many more too numerous to mention here. Larry loved his Yamaha Maxim Motorcycle and in a last act of service to others donated it to Cascadia Priory to fund raise for two PTSD Service dogs. He was a warrior, a man steadfast in his beliefs, and a tireless champion of the needy. Rest in Peace my fine friend.
It was my Privilege and Honour to sign Larry’s Postulant Application to the Order of St George. He embodied the attributes of chivalry that are the foundation of the Order. A man of many talents, history, understanding and culture beyond his own, he brought blessings to all he met.
I will always remember our conversation the day he passed, the both of us deep in the history of the Plains Archaic People, the origins of Canada and the North West Mounted Police in the West.
Travel well, be guided by the ancestors and the Great Makers Love.
Steven Mohns KGCStG
As Prior of Cascadia Priory and on behalf of our members I lament that our numbers are sadly reduced by the loss of a most honorable soul, Chevalier Larry Arkell. This true Knight has departed the world to “Rest in Peace” in the beyond. Larry was a Gentleman’s Gentleman. I was absolutely overjoyed when he accepted my invitation to become a Knight of the Order of St George and he quickly proved resolute in his dedication to the mission of the Order. As a member of Cascadia Priory and indeed the Order he will never be forgotten.
In the Spirit of St George
Allan Plett CD KCStG
Prior, Cascadia Priory
On behalf of all the Knights and Dames of the Order of St. George, we owe a debt of gratitude to Chevalier Larry Arkell for his service to the Order and his dedication in the service to others. We wish him a pleasant journey on the next stage of his travels…..God bless.
Charles R. Hill, KGCStG
Grand Prior – Canada & The America’s
The Order of St. George
It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Captain (Ret’d) The Reverend Gordon Barrett as our new BCR Association Padre. Padre Gord is no stranger to the Regiment, having officiated for many years at our Perpetuated Battalions Parade at the PNE at the 29th Bn CEF Monument. For those members of long standing, our last appointed BCR Association Padre was Major Harry Lennox, who was a veteran of both World Wars, who passed away at the age of 97 years shortly after officiating our St Julien Church Parade in April 1997.
Capt (Ret’d) Gord Barrett started his service with the BC Regiment as our founding Pipe-Major of the BCR Irish Pipes & Drums, a post that he held from 1990 until 2007. The Association at that time appointed him as the Honorary Captain and Director of Music of the Pipe Band. He was appointed an Honorary Captain by the 15 Fd Association to serve as the volunteer Chaplin at 15 Fd from 2009 until 2011, where he offered counsel and support to the Gunners and retired members. In 2012, Capt Barrett next joined the Cadet Instructors Cadre at 2472 15th Field Artillery RCACC and was the Commanding Officer of that unit from 2017 until his retirement from the CAF in June 2020. He continues to serve that unit as a Civilian Instructor in the capacity of Administration Officer.
For over twenty-five years, Captain Barrett has organized the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Head Office of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia in North Vancouver, where he was formerly employed. These events are attended by the veteran community, with special acknowledgement given to current and retired ICBC employees who serve(d) in the CAF, and he has also assisted at other commemorative ceremonies in the community, at which he has acted as both an emcee and chaplain. These have included remembrance services for the Korean War Veterans Association and for the over 300 War Veterans residing at the George Derby Centre.
Captain (Ret’d.) Gord Barrett continues to work with Dr. Marv Westwood and the Counselling Psychology Programme (UBC) in the exploration of trauma in the military. These projects have included the impact of Secondary Trauma on caregivers and Inter-generational Trauma where the impact of war is passed on to the children and grandchildren of military personnel who have died or returned home from war as veterans.
In recognition of his lifelong service to the veteran community and the people of British Columbia, Capt (Ret’d) Barrett has been recognised most recently with his investiture into the Order of St George.
Captain (Ret’d.) Barrett grew up in East Vancouver where he attended Vancouver Technical High School. He attended Langara College where he was awarded an Associate of Arts & Sciences Diploma. Captain Barrett also holds a Diploma in Business Administrative Systems (BCIT), a Diploma in Theology from The University of the South, a Master of Education (UBC), a Master of Arts (UBC), and a Master of Divinity from Carey Theological College. His hobbies include astronomy, Amateur Radio (VE7 TKF), cycling, agility training for dogs, and teaching the playing of bagpipes. He holds Black Belts in both Kung Fu and Karate and continues to teach Kung Fu. Captain (Ret.) the Reverend Barrett serves as a Deacon at All Saints Anglican Church, Burnaby and will retire as Regional Dean in the Diocese of New Westminster on 15 May 2021 after serving the maximum 3 terms allowed.
The Afghan Mission Film Festival
In 2013 I traveled across Canada with a collection of films about Canada in Afghanistan. The objective was to encourage those who had served in Afghanistan to share their stories in the book “Afghanistan: A Canadian Story” Ultimately I was able to collect the stories of 150 of the men and women who served between 2001 and 2014 and the book was published in 2014. The link to “Op Athena” no longer works, but I highly recommend “Waging Peace” and “Life and Death IN Kandahar” is you want a better understanding of what distinguishes the men and women who serve Canada.
The film tour is over, but with the Tell Me A Story title link above you can still have the film festival, in part or in full, and at no cost to you, come to your organization, whether you are a CF Base, a Reserve Unit, A Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, a Canadian Military Museum, a Canadian school, or a local community or business organization prepared to help tell the story of the Canadian Military in Afghanistan, you can help to tell the Canadian story.Canadian Soldiers, Sailors, and Air Men and Women are ordinary people doing an extraordinary job for Canada. Trying to get them to tell their story, their boots on the ground experience from the conflict in Afghanistan, however, is difficult. Responses range from “I was just doing my job” to “I can’t talk about it”.
Canada and Canadians have a historical tendency to forget their military when the crisis is past. The military can take much of the blame for this. We are not very good at telling the Canadian Forces story. The legacy album “Afghanistan: A Soldier’s Story” wants to make sure the “official” record of the Afghan Conflict includes the unofficial human stories of the men and women who served. To that end a series of films have been gathered and will be heading to communities across Canada to remind Canadians, and those who served, that the human stories of this conflict, of any conflict, must be shared. They are vital to an accurate historical representation, as well as to the cultivation of a more robust Canadian identity and consistent government support necessary to sustain a credible, responsive, military.