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Appointee Biographies

Soldiers' Aid Commission

JOHN STAPLETON

John Stapleton is a writer, instructor, and former Innovations Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation. He worked for the Ontario Government in the Ministry of Community and Social Services and its predecessors for 28 years, in the areas of social assistance policy and operations and was Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults in Toronto during the early 2000's. He is a volunteer with west Neighbourhood House in Toronto, teaches public policy . Mr. Stapleton also teaches a popular course on public policy for community advocates and has published op-eds in the Globe & Mail, National Post and the Toronto Star. Mr. Stapleton served on the Boards of Directors of the Daily Bread Food Bank, West Scarborough Community Legal Services, and he is the Past President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. He was appointed to the Soldiers’ Aid Commission in May 2003 and is the current Chair.

FRANCIS COLTON

Francis (Chris) Colton joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and graduated as a pilot in 1967. Over the next 36 years he served in Canada and the US. His command appointments included operations in Norway, Djibouti, Kuwait, Cyprus and Australia. He was also appointed as the Commanding Officer of 440 Transport and Rescue Squadron. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the RCAF in 2001. In 2002 he was appointed as the Executive Director of the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton. He retired from that position in 2018. He has served on the Board of Trenval, the local Business Development Corp., as a planning committee member of the Mutual Concerns Conference at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton serving as President in 2001. He is married to Major (ret.) Micky Colton, also a former RCAF pilot.

G. ROBIN COOKE

G. Robin Cooke, CD was born in Windsor, Ontario. Mr. Cooke attended St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, University of Guelph, and Queen’s University, Kingston. He was employed as a Technological Education teacher and department head for the North Shore, Norfolk and Grand Erie District Boards of Education. Mr. Cooke was commissioned an officer in the Canadian Forces in 1986 and joined the 56 Field Regiment, RCA where he held several Regimental appointments. In 2006, Captain Cooke entered full-time service with the Canadian Armed Forces as G3 Plans with Task Force 3-06. In September 2006, he filled the G3 Plans position at 31 CBG in London. Captain Cooke joined 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Task Force 3-08 in April 2008 deploying to Afghanistan in September 2008. Mr. Cooke enjoys recreational flying, kayaking, reading and gardening. He is an active member of Branch 79, Royal Canadian Legion assisting other veterans as the branch Service Officer.

SUSAN BEHARRIELL

LCol (ret'd) Susan Beharriell served in the Canadian Forces for more than 35 years at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. Key posts included running intelligence for the Air Force, serving in NORAD HQ in Colorado, with NATO in Germany and a secondment to the Privy Council Office on Parliament Hill. Her community involvement includes being a member of The Memory Project Speakers' Bureau and contributing to various environmental and sustainability committees in King Township. LCol. Beharriell holds an Honours BA from Queen's University and is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit, the military version of the Order of Canada.

KEN OSBORNE

Kenneth Osborne served in the Canadian Forces for 24 years. As a lawyer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General, his key posts included roles with NATO, the Strategic Joint Staff, and as a Deputy Judge Advocate. He is a veteran of peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and combat operations in Afghanistan. Deploying to Afghanistan on two occasions, he served as the lawyer to Canada's Special Operations Task Force, and subsequently deployed as legal mentor in a rule of law capacity with the US Forces. For service as a mentor in Afghanistan, he was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal. Mr. Osborne's community involvement includes service with the Town of Aurora Council Compensation Committee, and he has volunteered with the Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign. Following retirement from the military, Mr. Osborne now resides in Niagara Falls Ontario, and works with the Law Society of Ontario.

JOHN CYRIL GREENFIELD

John Cyril Greenfield worked for the Corporation of the City of Oshawa for 40 years. Mr. Greenfield has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 37 years, a Service Officer and a Sergeant at Arms for 23 years, as well as a member of the Clarington Older Adult Association for 21 years. He is a life member with the Temple Lodge AF and AM No. 649 ERC, Oshawa, Ontario, where he has been a member for 62 years. An executive member of the Bowmanville Navy League, supporting Cadets for 18 years. A Director on the Condo board of Durham Condominium Corporation #156 assisting unit owners to maintain a better lifestyle for the past 6 yrs. Mr. Greenfield's community service includes volunteering at the Legion & assisting veterans to get the benefits the deserve as Sgt at Arms involved in 25 to 30 events per year organizing the cross program where we place over 1400 Crosses on veterans Graves each November, assisting in the Poppy campaign each year and the Adult Centre serving meals and maintaining the trees & bushes.

HOMER BROOKS

Homer Brooks served in the Canadian Army Regular Forces and the Reserve Unit, 50th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. He was also with the Government of Ontario for over 30 years and served in the Ministries of Mines and Northern Affairs, Correctional Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Mr. Brooks' educational background includes Military Police Training at the Canadian Provost Corps School, (Canadian Army Reg.), Certificate in Correctional Services and Certified Northern Affairs Officer. His community and professional organizational involvement includes serving as a long-standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion, past President of the Moosonee Lions Club and Fenelon Falls Rotary Club, and a former member of the Ontario Real Estate Association. He is presently a school bus driver with First Student Transportation Services in Bowmanville.

ROSEMARIE MCGUIRE

In October of 2015, Rosemarie McGuire was appointed as a Commissioner to the Soldiers’ Aid Commission. She served as a member at Large for the North York Central Lions Club and has been a member of the Warriors’ Day Council since 1978. In 1978, she joined the Royal Canadian Legion and over the years, Ms. McGuire has held many executive positions including Branch President. As Public Relations Officer, she produced a documentary, “Wills and Power of Attorney”, for Rogers Cable Community Channel. She was awarded her Life Membership in recognition of community volunteer work over and above Legion responsibilities. Ms. McGuire joined 709 (Tor) Communications Regiment in 1977. While serving with the Army Cadets she attained the rank of Captain and served as Commanding Officer, retiring from Air Cadet Service in 1992. Ms. McGuire attained her Law Clerk designation from George Brown College in 1999. Ms. McGuire also brings to the Commission general medical knowledge.