The annual Fort Henry Guard Awards Night, which took place on August 30, concluded with a very special announcement. Rob Hamilton, FHG 1741, shared the news that the Fort Henry Guard Foundation has created the Commitment to Excellence Award, which recognizes the importance of returning Guard. 16 members of Fort Henry’s programming staff were each presented with the inaugural $500 award in recognition of their significant contributions this past summer rebuilding the Fort Henry Guard.
We extend our sincere thanks to Shaundra Buelow, Jordan Clark, Anna Holden, Ethan Krause, Nicholas Lafreniere, Hailey Leslie, Caitlin McAllister, Amberlyn McDougald, Jeff McPherson, Anthony Pacheco, Cameron Turner, Michael Valiquette, Josh Vivian, Colin Watts, Peter Webb and Erin Woznow. Without their dedication and perseverance, it’s hard to imagine the Guard would have returned as quickly, and as strongly, as it did over the past four months.
Learn more about this vitally important initiative, and about how you can support next year’s Commitment to Excellence Award, in this message from FHGCC President Alex McLean.
THE FORT HENRY GUARD FOUNDATION COMMITS TO THE REBUILDING OF THE FORT HENRY GUARD
The Fort Henry Guard Foundation promotes and supports the Fort Henry Guard as a military animation/interpretive unit at Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, a living museum for the display of authentic British military music and drill of the mid-19th century for the education and enjoyment of Fort Henry visitors.
As has been felt in performance groups and living history sites around the world, the Fort Henry Guard saw great reduction in its operations since the global COVID-19 pandemic began. The Fort Henry Guard is a group of Victorian-era military and civilian living history interpreters consisting of university and college students working at Fort Henry each spring and summer. Fort Henry’s living history programming relies on experienced programming staff returning year over year at all levels to provide stability and to pass on their knowledge and experience to new staff. The key to the Fort Henry Guard’s world class renown, excellence in performance, and future growth rests with these returning staff and the acknowledgement for their hard work deserves recognition and support.
The Fort Henry Guard Foundation’s mandate is to support the Fort Henry Guard and therefore has established the Fort Henry Guard Foundation Commitment to Excellence Award to recognize the importance of returning Fort Henry programming staff. At the Fort Henry Guard Club Awards Ceremony held in August 2022, sixteen returning programming staff members each received $500.00 in recognition of their commitment to excellence, their outstanding work in leading the rebuilding of the Fort Henry Guard and espousing its traditions. Recognizing that the Fort Henry Guard rebuild is a multi-year process, the Fort Henry Guard Foundation has committed to continue this award program for the 2023 season and will award returning eligible Fort Henry programming staff members at the Annual Awards Night in August 2023. The Fort Henry Guard Foundation stands with the Fort Henry Guard and truly embodies the motto of the Fort Henry Guard: Et Nos Meremur – We Also Serve.
The Foundation wishes to thank the incredible generosity of the Fort Henry Guard Club members and Fort Henry Guard alumni and supporters who have donated over the years. It is thanks to those donors that this new award program exists. Those wishing to donate can do so here.
Alex McLean (he/him)
Fort Henry Guard Foundation & Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada
For the first time since 2019, the annual Fort Henry Guard Awards were presented on August 30, 2022. Members of this year’s Guard, FHGCC board members, and invited guests, including Honorary Guard Commander Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, gathered in the Great Hall at Fort Henry to celebrate the Guard’s many accomplishments over the previous four months.
This year’s event was hosted by board member Matt Archibald, FHG 1826, who did a fantastic job, and featured the presentation of 14 awards, including the newly created Domestic Interpreter award, which recognizes the Domestic Interpreter who best exhibits excellence in leading guided tours, portraying the domestic life of the garrison, and other interpretive duties.
The event concluded with a very special surprise – the announcement of the Fort Henry Guard Foundation Commitment to
Excellence Award, which recognizes the importance of returning Fort Henry programming staff. Board member Rob Hamilton, FHG 1741, presented sixteen returning programming staff members with the $500.00 award in recognition of their commitment to excellence, their outstanding work in leading the rebuilding of the Fort Henry Guard and espousing its traditions. Stay tuned for more information about this important initiative, including how you can lend your support to next year’s program.
Click here for a list of all of this year’s nominees and award recipients, as well as photos of the winners and presenters.
Special thanks to everyone who donated to support this year’s awards – your sponsorship is greatly appreciated.
The Annual General Meeting of the Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada took place in a hybrid format on August 30, 2022. Twenty members were in attendance, either in person in the Great Hall at Fort Henry, or online via Zoom.
A total of six members were elected to the Board of Directors for a 2-year term:
FHG 2100 Alex McLean
FHG 1826 Matthew Archibald
FHG 1741 Rob Hamilton
FHG 1692 Chris Dearlove
FHG 593 Tom Little
FHG 2172 Emilie Coyle
In addition, Alex McLean was acclaimed as President, and Chris Dearlove was acclaimed as Vice-President.
Thank you to all those members who took part in the AGM, and to those members who agreed to stand for re-election.
The Fort Henry Guard is back! The Drill Squad, Drums, and Domestic interpreter complements are at fuller numbers this year after two years of hiatus. The passion, dedication, discipline, and devotion to living history, drill, and music we all know and share is rampant and ever-present with the returned FHG of 2022.
The FHG needs your support now more than ever. Show the FHG your support by planning a visit to Fort Henry this summer. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, cheer on the Guard during parades and participate in living history programming. Also consider joining the Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada (FHGCC) if you’re not yet a member. The annual membership fee is a very reasonable rate and goes towards supporting the Fort Henry Guard. Head to our membership page for more information and to sign up.
The FHGCC has once again secured a discounted Fort Henry admission rate of $10.00 + HST for Day Programming (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) for all FHGCC members in good standing. Club members simply show proof of membership at the Ticket Booth when purchasing their ticket to enjoy the discounted rate. This proof of membership can be shown as the member’s online FHGCC Member Page on your mobile device or as a print-off.
While Sunset Ceremonies will not be happening this July, I’m pleased to say that the Fort Henry Tattoo is returning on Saturday, August 20. Featuring guest pipe and brass bands from across Ontario, this year the Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad, and Artillery subunits will take a more prominent role in the event. They will perform their drill sequences and the Guard would love to have as many FHG alumni cheering them on! So be sure to get the Tattoo in your calendar and head here to book your tickets now!
….and be sure to keep an eye out later this summer for news about Sunset Ceremonies as there may be more to announce at a later date!
Thanks for your continued support. Et Nos Meremur
Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada