Chief of Defense Staff In Winnipeg To Speak At Awards Dinner

Canada's Chief of Defense Staff General Walter Natynczyk - who is originally from Winnipeg - was at our airport Friday, flying in to speak at the Hubble Awards dinner this Saturday.

The Hubbell Awards is a registered charity whose objective is to provide 3 post secondary education scholarships to cadets enrolled in a unit based in Manitoba. One scholarship is presented to a cadet from each element.The award is named after Major Ted Hubbell, a World War II veteran who devoted much of his life encouraging the development of youth. He was the President of the United Services Institute of Manitoba when he died in 1967.

The criteria for the award consists of: academic achievement, good citizenship, leadership within the Corps, effective role model for other cadets, physical fitness, and community activities outside of cadets.

In 1967, the original value of the scholarship was $100.00 and remained unchanged for more than 35 years until the Winnipeg Airport Authority agreed to support the program and donated an additional $400.00 for each award.

The program was incorporated as a charity in 2005 to encourage donations and make the program self-sufficient. All donations are placed in The Hubbell Awards Scholarship Trust Fund that is held by the Winnipeg Foundation. In 2009 the Hubbell Awards reached an important milestone. The Fund had increased in value so that only the interest earned in the Hubbell Awards Scholarship Trust Fund will be used for the scholarships. Because of this, the scholarship will be available for many years to come.

Our President and CEO Barry Rempel - who is an honourary colonel with 17 Wing here in Winnipeg - met with General Natynczyk as he arrived at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. We snapped a few photos too, which you can see below.

Our President and CEO Barry Rempel (far left) greets General Natynczyk as he arrives in Winnipeg.

An avid football fan, we presented General Natynczyk with a Blue Bombers cap.

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