COUNCIL & BOARDS
R. C. M. ACADEMY ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
HONOURARIES - (HONOURARY APPOINTMENTS)
- Marvin Watson -- Founder, President and Chair
Along with Mr. Watson other responsibilities, he is the Academy's Commandant and Chief Director General. Mr. Watson holds certifications in administration, counseling, leadership and youth programs. He is also a Commissioned Officer in the Canadian Forces Reserve. Mr. Watson service has aide-de-camp to judges from the citizenship ceremonial branch welcoming new Canadians. He has volunteered and worked with a number of children and youth organizations. Mr. Watson continues to serve Canada with unparalleled dedication and admiration. In 2008, Mr. Watson was nominated for the Order of Ontario.
- Bob Barnabas -- Vice-President and Vice-Chair
Bob Barnabas is the Academy's Deputy Commanding Officer and Deputy Chief Director General. Mr. Barnabas holds graduate degrees from the University of Toronto, and is an Ordained Minister. Mr. Barnabas is a certified Martial Arts instructor and Judge. He was a Commissioned Officer with the Canadian Forces.
- Blair Thompson -- Associate Governor and Assistant Vice-Chair
His professional involvements include the Hilton-Peel District Health Council, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, the City of Mississauga and Peel Social Planning Council. Mr. Thompson is a retired public servant he had worked for the Parliament of Canada, the House of Commons and the Public Service. He has over ten years of experiences in education with the Peel District School Board. Mr. Thompson holds certifications in educational Administration and communication.
- Maj. Marguerite A. (Peggy) Downes OMM, CD, AdeC
Major Downes, was appointed as honourary aide-de-camp in the province of Ontario, Peggy Downes' many accomplishments defy imagination. With over 38 years experience in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, she was appointed as Honourary Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor in the Province of Ontario in 1980.
- Dr. Alford Baxter
Senior Bishop, Founder and President of Faith Miracle Temple of Toronto and Faith Missionary International, His ministries include International Branches and Affiliate in Canada, South America and the Caribbean. He oversees Deeper Life Crusades an extension of his Ministry that provides international support and assistant that touches the lives of thousands of people in Countries such as, Japan, Korea, England, USA, South America, and African countries, Israel, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica. He continues to provide young peoples with opportunities by establishing a scholarship and bursary fund.
- Frank Freeman, FSESM., FFDM., CD
Joined the 48 Highlanders of Canada Regiment Cadet Corps in 1941 and in 1944 he enrolled in the Canadian Forces and was posted to the Royal Signal Regiment of Canada, where he served for 28 years. He retired from the Toronto Fire Service following 35 years of Distinguishes service. Mr. Freeman is the founder and President of Jimmy and Associate a not for profit organization that provide social function to military personnel from his former regiment. Today, Mr. Freeman holds lifetime membership in the Legion and is the Sergeant-at- Arms for the Royal Canadian Legion.
- Anthony Mark
Rev. Mark is a dynamic youth leader and mentor in his community. His unselfish approach and professionalism have contributed to enhance collaboration between the community and youths. He uses his Ministry to reach out to young people of all ages and generations. He participated in international youth ministry in Canada, the US, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. He believes in excellence for the development of youth. He is the Associate Bishop of Faith Miracle Temple of Toronto.
- The Honourable Sarkis Assadourian
Judge Assadourian was appointed a Citizenship Judge for Toronto, Ontario in July 2005. Has served three terms as a Member of Parliament, previously he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, Member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
- Colonel Surjit S. Basarke, CD
Colonel Basarke (retired), join the 3rd field Engineer Regiment Cadet Corp in Montreal in 1956 and in 1958 he enrolled in the Canadian Forces and was attached to the Royal Regiment of Canada in Toronto. In 1960 he was commissioned to the rank of second Lieutenant and was promoted to Major in 1971 and was appointed Company Commander. Colonel Basarke was transferred to 32 Combat Engineer Regiment as Squadron Commander and was appointed Deputy Commander in 1990. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the 32 Combat Engineer Regiment. He retired from Bell Canada in 1995 as Senior Engineering Manager and started consulting in telecommunications. He serviced as president of The Association of Telephone Management Employees. Past president of Seneca Council of telephone Pioneers of America and past president of the Military Engineers Association of Canada.
- Shelia Silzer
A retired career registered nurse; in her capacity she works as Hospital Administrator and Nurse Consultant. She teaches English as a Second Language to new Canadians. She attended several professional development and nursing seminars.
- The Honourable Raminder Gill
Judge Gill was appointed as a Judge for Toronto, Ontario, in November 2006. Previously, he was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1999 to 2003. During his terms in office, he served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, the Minister of Labour, and to the Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. As an active member in his community, Judge Gill hosted several town hall meetings on crime prevention and public safety, founded the Malton Cougars Soccer Club. An Engineer by profession, Judge Gill invented a number of environmentally friendly products. He has been a director of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Canada, and is an existing member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
- Stephanie Richards
A career registered nurse, in her current employment at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, she works in the Hemodialysis Department and is a Nurse Consultant. She has worked as a Minister within her church organization and in her position as downtown outreach program leader that provides opportunities for homeless and youth in Downtown Toronto.
- Bruce A. Silzer -- Senior Adviser
Retired from the teaching profession, he has thirty-seven years of elementary, intermediate, secondary and post secondary teaching experience with multiple certifications. Mr. Silzer commitment and experience in education has played a crucial role in the development stage of young adults.
- Orville Lee
Mr. Lee is the Founder and President of Pathfinder Youth Home. He has been a youth worker with the Holly-burn Family Services that provides one-on-one mentor with Community Living in British Columbia. He organized various sports camps for the YMCA and other community partners. He has changed the lives of many youth, youths looking for opportunities or otherwise would have dropped out of school, became homeless or had problems with the judicial system. Before becoming a youth worker, Mr. Lee was a player for the Canadian Football League, he won the Schenley Award in 1988 for most outstanding rookie in the league.
- Henry Suhady
Mr. Suhady studied theological at the Harvest International Thelogical Seminary; he holds a Master of Arts and Master of Theology, and is currently studying for his Doctorate Degree. Mr. Suhady was an Electrical Engineer; he had completed a Masters Degree at The Technical University of Berlin in Germany, before he established his full time Ministries. He is the Senior Reverend at International Full Gospel Fellowship Toronto. Mr. Suhady uses his ministries, counseling centers and local churches to provide counseling and mentorship that benefit, individuals, families, young adults and communities.