By Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs
Ottawa, Ontario — The Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army (CA) says cultivating diversity will be one of his top priorities as he settles in to the role.
And Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army Paul Hindo is well-positioned to be an advocate in that sense: he experienced life as a new Canadian first-hand after relocating to Canada from Iraq in 1972 as a teen with his family.
“Being from Iraq I can relate to various cultures,” he said. “I have friends in different communities and hopefully I can bring some assistance to the Army Commander, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk, in terms of the gender and diversity balance that we need.”
“You need to reach into these communities and be a good ambassador,” he added, “and show them why it is so great to live in this country and why its army is a respected and very professional institution.”
Honoraries are a tradition going back more than a century in the Canadian Armed Forces. They are prominent private citizens who volunteer to act as advocates for their regiments and guardians of regimental traditions and histories.
HCol Hindo will be just the second person to serve in this role for the CA as a whole. He was preceded by Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring. This is HCol Hindo’s second honorary appointment, following his tenure as HCol for the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), which began in 2009.
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