Message from the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel
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Building bridges through inclusion

This blog begins in the midst of the High Holidays, which is an important time of year for people of the Jewish faith. Shana Tova to Jewish members of our Regimental community and may it be an easy fast.

Ours is a Regiment and a Brigade that is rich in diversity, residing within one of the most multicultural cities on the planet.  And yet, the military has work to do, as an example, to attract and retain more women, within all ranks.  The CAF is committed to culture change to increase female participation and to promote inclusion.

In support of this objective, 32 Brigade has recently formed a Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Advisory Board. I am representing our Regiment on it, along with members of other Regiments within our Brigade who are sharing their experiences, ideas and best practices. Our mandate is to support diversity and assist the Brigade in enhancing inclusivity.

A growing number of organizations have recognized the business case for diversity and inclusion. Diversity of thought and perspective has been shown to lead to outperformance.  CAF leadership recognizes this, but building meaningful change will take time. It will require a consistent, constant commitment and a growth mindset (which thrives on challenge and learning for stretching our existing abilities) within all of us to continually cultivate a culture of respect. My observation, from the diversity work that I have done in other organizations, is that while it is critical to have leadership which models and drives the values, real change happens when there is engagement at all levels.

Active Listening SkillsGreek philosopher Epictetus is quoted as saying: “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”  Active listening is a powerful tool that we can all use, every day, to build bridges with each other. It is easier said than done, requiring focus to really hear and understand other perspectives. In grade 5, I was nicknamed “motormouth”. Active listening has been a learned skill for me – it wasn’t in my nature!  It has been worth the effort, widening my lens of understanding and strengthening my relationships with others.

A sense of belonging, which is the feeling that I have always had within our Regiment, enables teamwork. Committing ourselves to a culture of inclusion will enrich our community and keep us on a path of learning. I look forward to sharing with you new ideas from the DE&I Advisory Group which may contribute to keeping our legacy strong for years to come.

Stay strong.  Stay connected.


Dileas Gu Brath


Sasha Darling



ON EXERCISE URBAN FALCON 2022, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, had their urban ops skills put to the test as they practiced fighting through and clearing subway cars through a subway station with simmunition rounds. In their exercise scenario, their mission was to rescue and secure a hi-jacked train from a well trained enemy. They fought against a simulated enemy force of other infantry Master Corporal’s and Sergeants, who set traps and obstacles in their path to test how they would react. Attached to the regiment in this exercise were a small amount of medics and Intelligence personnel from @25fdamb as well as @2intcoy_2cierens, which enabled soldiers to practice intel gathering/handling as well as dealing with casualties in a realistic manner.

Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung
Video edited by MCpl Clark

Voici ce qui s'est passé lors de l'exercice Urban Falcon 2022. Les soldats des 48th Highlanders ont vu leurs compétences en opérations urbaines mises à l'épreuve alors qu'ils s'entraînaient à combattre et à dégager les voitures de métro à travers une station de métro avec des balles de vaccination, dans un scénario où leur but était de sauver et de sécuriser un train détourné d'un ennemi bien entraîné. Ils se sont battus contre une force d'opposition de caporal-chef et de sergents, qui ont tendu des pièges et des obstacles sur leur passage. Au régiment dans cet exercice se trouvaient un petit nombre d'infirmiers et de personnel du renseignement de @25fdamb ainsi que de @2intcoy_2cierens, ce qui a permis aux soldats de pratiquer le rassemblement/manipulation de renseignements ainsi que de faire face aux victimes de manière réaliste.

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On March 5th and 6th, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, with members from @2intcoy_2cierens and @25fdamb, who augmented our soldiers as an opportunity to practice their trade skills under the Tactical-Control of an infantry platoon, run through their “prepare for battle” phase during their simulated mission on Exercise Urban Falcon 2022, in which the soldiers were put under the stress of fighting in close quarters, and learning to maneuver and communicate in an entirely new environment.

Video editing by MCpl Clark
Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung

Les membres des 48th Highlanders, avec des membres de @2intcoy_2cierens et @25fdamb, qui ont augmenté nos soldats comme une occasion de pratiquer leurs compétences professionnelles sous le contrôle tactique d'un peloton d'infanterie, pratiquent la phase de « préparation à la bataille » au cours de leur mission simulée dans le cadre de l'exercice Urban

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