Veteran – Handler – Founder
Cindy Weir is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. She served with the UN Forces in the Golan Heights and with the Coalition Forces in Gulf War 1.
She later left the CAF, to marry and raise a family. As a service family she saw many moves across Canada, Europe and the US. She became a certified first responder and volunteer fire fighter until her health issues became so significant she could no longer pursue this career.
Not long after Cindy left the Military she experienced numerous physical and mental health issues. Eventually she was diagnosed with MS and PTSD, both traced back to her service career.
A member of the Canadian Military Community for over 35 years, she is committed to improving the lives of service members and veterans.
In 2017, Cindy began the search for a Service Dog at the recommendation of her mental health team. The process to find and ultimately acquire this necessary support was arduous and long. It quickly became evident there was a greater need than the Canadian supply could handle. Cindy eventually found assistance with the Pawsitive Love Foundation (see Cindy’s story).
Veteran- Founding Director – Associate Dean, Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology
Larry is a Retired Senior Officer and Decorated Veteran of the RCAF whose service spanned a very broad spectrum of aviation-related activities including commanding at the unit and squadron level, both domestic and abroad. In addition, he served in a wide variety of senior staff positions with NATO, NORAD and in NDHQ. He is a graduate of RMC with a Bachelor of Military Arts and Sciences, as well as being a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command & Staff College. Larry holds numerous Canadian and International qualifications including Air Navigator, Staff Air Navigation, Tower Controller, Air Force Staff, Unit & Wing Flight Safety, and USAF Combat Systems to name a few. In addition, he is a former member of several London based, not for profit – Boards of Directors – AirShow London and the (Chair Emeritus) South Western Ontario Military Family Resource Centre.
Lieutenant Colonel (re’d) John van der Laan
Lieutenant-Colonel (ret’d) John van der Laan entered the Canadian Forces under the Regular Officer Training Plan after graduating from Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology as an Electronic Engineering Technologist. He attended both Royal Roads Military College and The Royal Military College of Canada, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering and Management. He is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College distance learning program and the University of North Dakota with a Master of Science degree in Space Studies.
As a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer, he has served in a series of communication positions in support of operations and training starting at 5 Wing Goose Bay providing Telecom and Navaids support for NATO Low Level Flight Training; Winnipeg 1CAD/CANR A6; Cheyenne Mountain J6; 19 Wing Comox as the Wing Telecommunications Officer; CANOSCOM J6; and as CIS Branch Chief with the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force Command HQ at SHAPE HQ Belgium.
He has an extensive background in support of Space Operations having served with the United States Air Force as a Crew Commander, 12 Space Warning Squadron Thule Greenland; Chief of Operations and Senior Systems Controller, 721st Communications Squadron Cheyenne Mountain; Crew Commander and Chief of Standards and Evaluation, 13 Space Warning Squadron Clear Alaska; Missile Officer (MO) at Cheyenne Mountain Combined Operations Center; and as Detachment Commander for OUTCAN Space Operations, Vandenberg Air Force Base. He was concurrently assigned as Chief, Current Operations in the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg. In April 2015 he was the first allied officer to certify as Chief of Current Operations employed in the Joint Space Operations Center as a space operations mission commander.
Lieutenant-Colonel van der Laan has deployed in support of global operations to ISAF HQ Kabul Afghanistan and with NATO AWACS over Libya in support of OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR. He supported the Canadian Forces Liaison Officer as his Executive Assistant immediately following the formation of USNORTHCOM in 2001; and as the acting CANOSCOM J6 he directed the teams providing communications support for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, OP HESTIA following the Haiti earthquake, and the G8/G20 summits in the Toronto area.
He is married to Jodi van der Laan, they have 3 children; Jaime, Jessica, and Joshua.
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