Board of Directors

Founder and President - Warrant Officer Craig A. McPhee, CD, (Retired)
Warrant Officer Craig A. McPhee, CD,  (Retired)

Warrant Officer Craig A. McPhee, CD, (Retired)

Warrant Officer Craig A. McPhee, CD, (Retired)

Craig A. McPhee is the Founder and President of Wreaths Across Canada Inc. (W.A.C.).

After a visit to Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC, Craig was moved by how the American servicemen and women are honoured each December by the placing of a wreath at the base of headstones. Wreaths Across America is the organization responsible for this touching and beautiful annual commemoration.

After three years of hard work to gain support and approval, Craig’s dream of creating an organization to honour deceased Canadian veterans has been fulfilled.

Wreaths Across Canada Inc., is a registered Canadian Charitable Corporation with a Board of Directors that Craig likes to refer to as his “Dream Team”.

Craig was born in Montreal, Quebec. He moved with his family to Vancouver, B.C. as a youngster. In 1956 Craig joined the R. C. A. F. and did his basic training in St. Jean Quebec. His first posting was Air Transport Command Headquarters in Lachine, Quebec. He then went to 412 Transport Squadron in Ottawa, Ontario. Craig was then posted to the 41st NORAD Division in North Bay, Ontario, followed by a tour of duty at the Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security, at Camp Borden, as an Instructor, and did tours at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa for a total of 13 years. In addition, he spent 13 years outside Canada at 29 NORAD Region, Richards Gebaur Air Force Base Kansas City, MO, 4 Fighter Wing Baden Baden, Germany, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Headquarters Mons, Belgium, and 4 Allied Tactical Air Force Ramstein, Germany. Craig retired from the military in October, 1982 and he immediately joined the sales team of Grand & Toy in Ottawa. In 1989 he was the “Salesman of the Year” for all of Canada. In 2004, Craig retired for the second time and in 2007 Craig started his third career, “W.A.C”.

Vice President - Vacant

Vacant

Treasurer - Robert Landry
Warrant Officer Craig A. McPhee, CD,  (Retired)

Robert Landry

Robert Landry

As Treasurer for Wreaths Across Canada, Bob is responsible for keeping the financial books of account, recording all receipts and disbursements, issuing taxation receipts for all donations, preparing annual tax returns and periodic financial reports.

Bob is a graduate member of the Certified General Accountant’s Association of Ontario (C.G.A.).  He retired from the Federal Public Service in 2004 at the Director-General level, after a 35-year career in the financial field, with several Government Departments & Agencies -- Service Canada, Justice, Indian & Northern Affairs, Western Economic Diversification, Regional Industrial Expansion, Customs & Excise, Secretary of State, Agriculture, Industry, National Museums of Canada.

He is a recipient of the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award (1999), the Deputy Ministers Outstanding Achievement Award from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (1999), and the Deputy Ministers Outstanding Service Award from Western Economic Diversification Canada (1997).

Bob was born and raised in Ottawa and is married with four children (two daughters and two stepsons) and three grandchildren.

Secretary – Master Warrant Officer Cindy Tremblay CD

Master Warrant Officer Cindy Tremblay CD

BIO to follow

Director of Operations - Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Bradley MMM, MSM, CD. (Retired)

Chief Warrant Officer Dan Bradley MMM,. MSM, CD. (Retired)

Dan Bradley is a 35 year veteran of the Canadian Forces.

He was a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment and has served in both the First and Third Battalions as well as the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle School.

He has also served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment, the Ceremonial Guard, the Directorate of Quality of life and lastly, the Directorate of Casualty Support Management, as the Manager of the National Military Cemetery.

He has served on operational tours in Cyprus, Somalia, Croatia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

As a result of his involvement with Ceremonial Guard, as well as his work with the National military Cemetery, Dan has acquired extensive experience with planning, organizing and overseeing National ceremonial events.

Dan is also a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment Association. He is Married with two sons, one of which is serving with the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax N.S.

Director of Logistics – Colonel Stan Grabstas, OMM, CD, (Retired)

Colonel Stan Grabstas, OMM, CD, (Retired)

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Director of Ceremonies - Major Gerald S. Wharton MVO, CD, (Retired)
Major (Retired) Gerald S. Wharton MVO, CD

Major (Retired) Gerald S. Wharton MVO, CD

Major (Retired) Gerald S. Wharton MVO, CD

Director of Ceremonies

Gerry Wharton is a veteran with 32 years service in the Canadian Forces. He is a graduate of College Militaire Royal de St. Jean and served as an infantry officer with The Canadian Guards and The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He served three tours with NATO in Germany and two tours with the UN in Cyprus. On retirement from the Army, he served a further 18 years as Manager of Ceremonial and Protocol Services with Public Works and Government Services Canada.

He has vast experience in the planning and implimentation of ceremonial functions ranging from national celebrations and commemorative services such as Canada Day and Remembrance Day to state visits by foreign dignitaries and state funerals.He played a key role in the repatriation of the remains of the Unknown Soldier where he was the Project Director responsible for the design and construction of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In 1995, he was appointed a member of the the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. His citation read, “For services to the Crown in Canada.”

He is a member of several veteran’s associations and is the Honorary Dominion President of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada. He was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2009.

He is the author of PWGSC’s “Manual of Ceremonial Procedures,” ANAVETS “Manual of Dress, Ritual and Ceremonies,” and the Royal Canadian Legion’s manual, “National Honours.”

Director of Communications - Robert Beaudoin

Robert Beaudoin

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Director of Fundraising - Major Ed Denbeigh, CD, AdeC (Retired)

Major Ed Denbeigh, CD, AdeC (Retired)

BIO to follow

Director of Volunteers - Captain Kevin Lambert, Ottawa Fire Services.

Captain Kevin Lambert,Ottawa Fire Services

BIO to follow

Director of Translation and Website - Major Leo Regimbal, CD. (Retired).

Major Leo Regimbal, CD. (Retired)

BIO to follow

Contributors

Visual Effects and Presentations – Dave Moryas

Dave Moryas

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Algonquin College - Winnerjit Singh Rathor

Winnerjit Singh Rathor

Algonquin College

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