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Capt  Don Thompson 

 

Captain Don Thomson began his involvement with the Canadian Cadet Movement at the age of 15, joining The Winnipeg Grenadiers Cadet Corps as a cadet. He quickly latched onto the program and completed the Gold Star program in his second year. At the National Exams, Captain Thomson finished 5th in the province and attended the Banff National Army Cadet Camp’s Cadet Leadership and Challenge Course. Captain Thomson “retired” from cadets at age 19 as a Cadet Lieutenant and Cadet Deputy Commanding Officer.

Captain Thomson began his career as an Instructor by joining the 1226 Fort Garry Horse Cadet Corps in 1988. He was enrolled as an Officer Cadet in April 1989 and attended his Basic Officer Qualification in June. Following the summer, Captain Thomson returned to The Winnipeg Grenadiers Cadet Corps as a Training Officer and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. In 1990, Captain Thomson attended his Lieutenant Qualification Course and Junior Officer Leadership Course and was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant. In 1991, Captain Thomson attended his Captain Qualification Course. After serving with the cadets since 1985, Captain Thomson left the system in 1996 to pursue other professional and personal opportunities. However, his appreciations of the Cadet Movement lead him to return as a volunteer officer with The Winnipeg Grenadiers in 2003. He was reactivated in 2004 as the Administration Officer. In 2005, he was appointed as Deputy Commanding Officer and was promoted to his present rank. Captain Thomson has also worked at Winnipeg Detachment Movements as a Assistant Transportation Officer in 1989, Banff National Army Cadet Camp as Platoon 2IC in 1990 and Assistant Operations Officer in 1991, Junior Officer Leadership Course as a Syndicate Commander in 1991 and Vernon Army Cadet Camp as a Platoon Commander in 1994.

Professionally, Captain Thomson is the Manager of Market Operations for Winnipeg Commodity Exchange. During his ten-year career with WCE, he has been involved in a variety of projects relating to operations, facilities, systems, human resources, marketing and product development. Captain Thomson has also been extensively involved in the community, with St John Ambulance (as both a Volunteer and Board of Director), Masons, Shrine, Hong Kong Veterans, United Way and the Canadian Blood Services. For his service to the community and these organizations, Don has received an Honourary Life Membership with the Hong Kong Veterans Association, The Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal and The Order of St John.

Don and his wife Shelly are originally from Whitemouth , Manitoba and have two children - Zachary and Rylee.