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LCol Tom McGrath, OMM, CD


LCol Tom McGrath is a graduate of Memorial University, holding a Bachelor of Arts (History) and a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education (Educational Administration). He is a national award winning educator and a recipient of the National Hilroy Fellow (Great Merit), which recognizes exceptional curriculum and teaching innovation. Experiential learning programs designed by him have twice won national awards from the Conference Board of Canada.

He enrolled in the Canadian Forces Reserve (Cadet Instructors Cadre) in 1977. Following training and employment in a variety of staff appointments he served for 10 years as Commanding Officer, 2415 Gonzaga Army Cadet Corps in St. John's. The unit placed first in provincial competition for six of these years. He served on the staff at Atlantic Region Army Cadet Camp Argonaut for eighteen summers in a variety of staff positions including Band Officer, Chief Instructor and Deputy Commanding Officer, culminating with his appointment for four years as Commanding Officer, 1988-1991. Beginning in 1992, he served a two-year term as Commandant, the RCAC National Marksmanship Team, leading them to international competition at Bisley, England.

From 1990-2003 he served as the Area CIC Officer (Army) for Newfoundland and Labrador. LCol McGrath served a four-year term as Region Advisor (Atlantic) on the National CIC Branch Advisory Council and Chairman of the Atlantic Region Advisory Council. For this service he was awarded a Region Commander's Commendation. During this time he was active chairing the national Communications Team as part of the Way Ahead which was a national strategic planning process for the Canadian Cadet Organization.

On April 1, 2006, the Director-General Reserves and Cadets appointed him as the CIC Branch Advisor. LCol McGrath is Chairman for Centenaire CIC Centennial, the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the CIC Branch to be celebrated in 2009.

The Navy League of Canada recognized his service by naming him the 1999 Robert I. Hendy Award recipient. The Hendy Award is the League's most prestigious award intended to recognize the efforts of an individual who has accomplished achievements of national or international significance in the area of youth development. He is the first Army officer to be recognized by the Navy League.

He has served on numerous provincial, national and international volunteer sector boards and committees. He is the National President of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Canada and a member of the International Council for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, responsible for leadership and management of the programme, which operates in 125 countries. He was the Founding Chairman of Cadets Caring for Canada which he led to become a national program operating in all provinces and territories. He founded and remains President of the Gonzaga Army Cadet Foundation, Inc. After serving as founding President, Biathlon Newfoundland he served as Chairman of the Board for Biathlon Canada and a B Director of the Canadian Olympic Association. He also volunteers as a Board member with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

In May 2002, LCol McGrath was invested as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit by Her Excellency The Governor General. He is a recipient of the Maritime Commander's Commendation for exceptional service, the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

In his civilian career, LCol McGrath is Assistant Principal at Gonzaga High School where he has taught for 28 years.