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Capt Sheldon Clare
Captain Sheldon D. Clare, Retired from Supplementary Reserve in 2010
Sheldon Clare currently teaches history and English at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC. In January 2012, he completed six terms as volunteer Bargaining Co-ordination chair for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE). He served as a faculty bargainer for 13 years.
Sheldon Clare received his Master of Arts in military history from Vermont’s Norwich University (2010), and his bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC where he majored in international relations (1986). He also earned a general arts diploma from the College of New Caledonia.
His military education includes: Army Cadet from 1975 – 1981 (Master Cadet), Infantry Section Training Course, CFB Petawawa, 1980; Basic Parachutist Course (8110) and Pre-Para Training, CFB Petawawa and CFB Edmonton 1981; several cadet and summer employment courses; Basic Officer, RSO and Lt Qualification Training Course, Pat Bay, 1983; Junior Officer Leadership and RSO Course, CFB Borden, 1986; Captain Qualification Course, Pat Bay, 1986; Abseil and Climbing Instructor Course 1987. Clare was enrolled as an officer cadet in 1981 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Cadet Instructor List in June 1983. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1984 and Captain in 1987.
Captain Clare’s assignments include: Command Guest USMC MCAS Kanahoe, Hawaii, 1979; NCO Training Course and employment as a Pl WO J-Coy, VACC, 1979; Employment as an infantryman with 3RCR for NATO REFORGER Exercises CFB Baden-Baden, West Germany, 1980; Training Officer 2618 Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadet Corps, Prince George 1981-1983; Supply Officer and Administration Officer 2290 British Columbia Regiment (DCO) Army Cadet Corps, Vancouver, 1983-1986; Platoon commander, D-Coy, VACC, 1983; Administration Officer, Adventure Training Cadre, VACC, 1984; Platoon Commander, A-Coy, VACC, 1985, Participated in training at McChord AFB, Washington State, USA, October 1985; Company Second-in-Command and Acting Company Commander, D-Coy, VACC, 1986; Company Second-in-Command, B-Coy, VACC, 1987. Promoted Captain and appointed Commanding Officer, 2618 RMRangers ACC, Prince George 1987-1988; senior officer on enemy force for NATO Exercise Lightning Strike, CFS Baldy Hughes, Jan-Feb 1988; transferred to Supplementary Reserve fall of 1988, and was taken off of the Supp List in January 2010.
Captain Clare’s awards include: Special Service Medal with NATO bar, the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Army Cadet Long Service Medal with two bars, and several Royal Canadian Legion service medals. In 2008, he was awarded the Alpine Club of Canada’s Don Forest Service Award.
Sheldon Clare’s community involvement includes:
Past President of Branch 43 Royal Canadian Legion 1997 & 1998 (Executive member 1989-2001); Past President of the Prince George Rod and Gun Club; Piper with Legion Band from 1976 – 2002 and 2007 to present; Past Chair of the Prince George Section of the Alpine Club of Canada; member Rocky Mountain Rangers Regimental Association. Sheldon is currently the President of the Canada’s National Firearms Association. He was also active in working towards the successful establishment of a Primary Reserve unit in Prince George and served as the Chair of the Mayor's Committee on the Primary Reserve. The new reserve platoon of Rocky Mountain Rangers was stood up in 2011 with training beginning in 2012.
Sheldon Clare is married to Manuela Elisabeth Clare, formerly of Mainz, Germany. The Clare’s have two daughters.